Looking for packed lunch inspiration?
A dietitian spoke to Daily Star Online about the best foods to prep for children’s mid-day meal.
Roxane Bakker, Registered Dietitian at www.Vitl.com, says it’s key to pick immune immune system-boosting foods in the current climate.
She recommends plenty of fruit and vegetables, calcium-rich products and complex carbohydrates to keep kids feeling full of energy all day long.
These include yoghurt pots, veggie sticks and wholemeal sandwiches.
Meanwhile, she advises mums and dads not to pack foods that are high in fat or sugar.
According to dietitian Roxane, a careful combination of the three macronutrients as well as a variety of micronutrients ensures for a balanced packed lunch.
She said: "Make it as colourful as possible and even add little notes/message of encouragement if your child is old enough".
An example of a balanced pack lunch is as follows:
- Cheese and tomato with a small layering of butter on wholemeal bread
- Cucumber and carrot sticks
- One Apple/handful of grapes
- Yoghurt pot (ideally plain/unsweetened) or full-fat milk carton
You can check out more handy lunchbox ideas on the NHS website.
Some of our favourites include creamy hummus dip with pitta bread and vegetable sticks.
All you need to do is blend up a couple of tablespoons of tinned chickpeas with yoghurt.
You can add flavourings of your choice too, like lemon juice, garlic, paprika and cumin.
Serve with pitta, carrot and celery batons and you’re good to go.
Another super simple lunch idea is tuna and bean salad.
Add leaves of your choice, along with peppers, spring onion, cucumber and carrots.
You can then get a tablespoon of mixed beans straight from a can.
And to finish it all off, stir in half a tin of tuna.
Serve with bread and low flat spread – and maybe add some fruit as a side dish to get one of your five a day in.