Kids lunch box ideas

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Let me spoil you a bit, my people with a Five days Kids lunchbox ideas… ☝🏽☝🏽
But first recipe for a winning healthy children lunchbox .
1️⃣.  Nutritious 
1. Good quality starch – wholegrains are a winner here as they offer higher amounts of fibre & sustainable energy
2. Good quality protein – ofcourse these are for good growth but also protein contain essential amino acids needed by their organs especially brain 🧠, protein also provide satiety 🙌🏾, & variety of vitamins & mins for all bodily functions
3. At least 2 fruits & vegetables servings at lunchtime … Half way to 5-A- Day 🍏🙌🏾– packed with antioxidants, vitamins & minerals
4. Dairy – Recommendation is about 3 servings a day as source of calcium & many others nutrients… hopefully by this time they have had at least 1 dairy serving so we are now at 2 😃
5. Healthy fats – adding these is important as source of energy, food for the brain, help with absorption of fat soluble vitamins… I mean 🙌🏾 e.g. margarine, avocado, peanut butter or nuts , olives, dressings …
6. lastly beverage: Best bev is water, water 💦💦 but can also add low sugar beverages .
2️⃣.  Affordable 
1. Children do not need new foods for school lunchbox – they should be eaten what they eat at home ☝🏽
2. Then it means at home they need to be fed well – if you are now stressed because the school is busy sending “unhealthy “ foods as they call them back home . It means maybe we need to revisit that kitchen maybe it is not child nutrition proof 😩
3. Keep it simple & remember that they have very small tummies so no need to pack a whole fridge – results in high food waste 😏
3️⃣.  Enjoyment: Appealing & Tasty 😋
1. Kids will return soggy foods home- invest is small sized containers so you can separate wet ingredients from dry ingredients
2. involve them in prep – it helps a lot , they feel involved
3. Meal prep is boss – have lunchbox ingredients for the week, with a clear plan caregivers can even delegate to the nannies seamlessly .
REMEMBER: There is a different between a snack 🍏& Treat 🍩
NB: Be aware of the school policy e.g. allergens policy ——-

Yours In Health

Mbali Mapholi


Author: Mbali Mapholi Inc

Mbali is a qualified clinical dietitian (Bsc. dietetics & PGDip dietetics) obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In dietetics she has special interest in Heart and heart related diseases, gastrointestinal (GIT) related diseases, weight management and African diet nutrition. She is a business woman with entities MiNutrition ZA and Mbali Mapholi Inc, under her belt. She is well published in the field of Nutrition with ray of media contributions (Radio, television and print media). Mbali believes is the type of eating that is nourishing, enjoyable, accessible and affordable. She believes in that nutrition education that is based on science delivered by a trusted source, is important to help people make informed nutrition decisions for themselves and those around them.

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