South Western Sydney Local Health District’s healthy children’s initiative manager Claire Southwood Jones says children often consume up to 50 per cent of their daily calories at school so it’s important that their lunchbox is filled with healthy choices.
Your child’s lunchbox can sometimes be an afterthought when trying to get them ready before school in the mornings.
But the South Western Sydney Local Health District has saidmore care needs to be taken when packing not only nutritious but also excitinglunches.
South Western Sydney Local Health District’s healthy children’s initiative managerClaire Southwood Jonessaid: “Healthy habits formed early in life can stick with a person beyond childhood, so there’s no bettertime to teach children healthy food habits than now”.
“What’s more, obese adults who were overweight as adolescents tend to have a higher risk ofweight-related diseases including cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure,” she said.
Ms Southwood Jones suggested making simple changes like packing foodlikeapples, sultanas, nuts, grapes or boiled eggs in separate bags, rather than packaged chips or “sugar-laden” mueslibars.
“The less manufactured the food, the higher the chance of it being healthier; and probablycheaper at the check-out as well,” she said.
“Considering children often consume up to 50 per cent of their daily calories at school, it’simportant that their lunchbox is filled with yummy, healthy choices.
“Try incorporating fruit and vegetables wherever you can, whether it’s grated carrot or lettuce ona sandwich, or homemade muffins with dried fruit, carrot, zucchini, banana or pumpkin.”
Ms Southwood Jones said it wasalso important to remember appropriate serving sizes.
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