1. Include a wide variety of foods – fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, protein and dairy.
The lunch boxes should include at least one portion each of
- Bread and cereals - Fruit and Vegetable food groups - Dairy products - Meat or an alternative
2. Vary the types of bread for example, pitta bread, bagels, wholemeal rolls.
3. Fluids are important for children – up to 6 cups of fluid should be encouraged daily. Milk and plain water are the best options. Brightly coloured bottles can make plain water more interesting.
4. Get your child involved in packing lunches. Let them help choose some element of their lunch. Pick a colourful lunchbox or let them decorate one with stickers. 6. Children often need to see and taste new foods several times before they accept them, so try out new ideas at teatime or the weekend before including them in a lunchbox.
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