HEALTHY lunches and snacks are important for you. It is important to have healthy lunch box choices. Tips include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables and a combination of protein, dairy and carbohydrate foods.
Eating healthy food helps you to concentrate and learn. However, healthy eating changes are not always easy to make.
Try to set a good example with your own lunches. Try to prepare your own lunch. You might like to make a list of the foods you enjoy.
Foods to put in your lunch box:
Suggestions include fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables, meat or protein food such as slices of lean meat, hard-boiled egg, dairy food such as a cheese stick or slice, grated cheese, milk or yoghurt
Starchy food such as bread, fruit bread or crackers, water, practical issues for your busy families, foods should be simple and easy to prepare, ready to eat and appetising after several hours storage in the lunch box.
Suitable foods to freeze include cooked meat, cheese, peanut butter, baked beans, mashed eggs, yeast or vegetable spreads such as vegemite and food packed in lunch boxes.
In most cases, food is stored in lunch boxes for several hours, so the lunch box needs to stay cool.
Food safety suggestions include choosing an insulated lunch box or one with a freezer pack if possible, if the lunch is in the bag, keep it in a shady place away from heat, follow clean and safe food preparation methods and eat your lunch on time and do not store it for hours.