My approach to health and well-being is based on Optimum Nutrition. This means including as many nutrients as possible every day to ensure the best possible levels of energy, immune system function, digestion, emotional well-being and glowing vitality. To put it simply, it is swapping foods that are low in nutritional value for those that are nutrient-dense. A common example is swapping white bread for seeded granary, or iceberg lettuce for a mixture of baby spinach, watercress and rocket. This article is aimed at helping busy mums to make the healthiest choices for themselves and their children.
Just say “Lunchboxes” to any mum and you’ll hear the groans! It’s funny how this meal becomes an issue when we suddenly have to wrap it all up and prepare it in advance for our (sometimes fussy) children!
So, here are 5 lunchbox ideas for you to try:
– Wholemeal pasta twists with chopped cherry tomatoes, cubes of cucumber and grated cheese if desired.
– Seeded wholemeal bread with tuna and sweet corn. (Or pop the tuna sweet corn in a container with a fork/spoon and wrap bread and butter separately. Many children prefer eating it this way)
A small carton of juice is necessary for vitamins, absorption of iron from the food and adequate calories and hydration. If your child drinks a lot, or frequently comes home from school thirsty, tired or with a headache, then add in a small bottle of water as well.
A Sweet Treat
Most children like something sweet in their lunchbox. For many, grapes, raisins or a chopped apple is adequate, but others do appreciate a sweeter treat.
Making cookies, flapjacks or fairy cakes at home in the afternoon is a great way to get your child interested in cooking, plus it saves you money on pre-packaged supermarket snacks and treats. Try some sugar-free cake recipes that use honey or apple sauce as a sweetener, and add cinnamon, raisins, dried cranberries or seeds for extra flavour. Swap regular flour for wholemeal, spelt, gluten-free or rice flour.
Shopping and Planning
Eat well yourself at lunchtime too and always remember: a healthy mum is a happy mum!