*This is a collaborative post
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that children’s lunch boxes across the country are failing to meet healthy food standards. It’s so easy, as parents, to pick up snacks and treats for a lunchbox and pack the same things day after day.
But, new research from Flora shows that just 1.6% of packed lunch boxes are meeting healthy food based standards amongst primary school children in England and only 17% of lunch boxes contains any vegetables or salad.
With that in mind I have really been focusing on the lunches that I make for LP and Little Man, using Flora’s Lunchbox Guide to make balanced and nutritious lunches that the children love to eat. We had got into a bit of a lunch rut, eating the same things or ending up with a lunchbox full of beige. The guide has definitely helped us get more colour, and variety, into our lives as far as food is concerned.
The process is simple, creating a main using four different food groups – adding a side or two and then adding a couple of fruit or vegetable choices too. It’s a great guide to help you make their lunch as balanced as possible and not make it too focused on one main food group.
We often have snacky lunches, and they’ll be very much focused on the carbs and fruit sections so this has really made me think about alternatives to include in lunches – with more protein, different types of vegetables and just a lot more variety.
The children have been loving their new lunches too – they get to try new things and often ask for something from the chart to include in their lunches. I try to plan lunches in advance now too, incorporating leftovers and adding options to our weekly meal plan. It’s actually saving us money and reducing waste too. It’s also inspiring Hubby and I to think outside the box for our own lunches – and include more fruit and vegetables in them too – it’s a big hit all round!