At Havergal, we want to promote healthy lunchtimes. Our kitchen has to keep to a Government set of standards which monitor how balanced the menu is so there are all food groups covered. However, we are noticing that more children are bringing foods that are not healthy choices in their lunchboxes.
Therefore, we wanted to raise awareness of what is recommended in a ‘healthy lunchbox’.
The websites below offer suggestions and guidance for what to include in a lunchbox.
A healthy balanced lunchbox could include:
· A good portion of starchy food, for example wholemeal roll or bread, wraps, pitta pocket, pasta or rice salad.
· Plenty of fruit and vegetables, for example an apple, satsuma, handful of cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks, mini can of fruit chunks in natural juice or cucumber/pepper sticks.
· A drink of milk or a portion of dairy food, for example a portion of cheese or a pot of yoghurt.
· A portion of lean meat, fish, eggs or beans. For example ham, chicken, turkey, tuna, egg or hummus.
· A drink of unsweetened fruit juice, milk or water.
· Crisps, cakes and biscuits are included too but in moderation please, no large quantities.
As a school, we will also be discussing healthy lunchboxes/snacks in class, linking it to food groups and how you should be eating a variety of foods and what those foods do to your body.