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As a nation there are more and more children who are obese. More than one in five children are obese by the time they start school at the age of 5 years old. At Woodlands Pre-school we would like to encourage our children and families to have a healthy and varied lunch.
To support children to eat healthy lunches, we ask parents to not put 'pudding' items into their lunchboxes, as they do not offer any nutritional value to the children. Everybody enjoys treat items/puddings from time to time and, in moderation, this is fine as part of a varied diet however we would not encourage the children to expect these items every day and not as part of a packed lunch.
Here are some ideas of items that you could include in your child's lunch:
1. Starchy foods
2. Fruit & Vegetables
Aim for at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables in each lunch. Fresh, frozen, dried or tinned varieties can be used and they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre needed to keep your child strong and healthy and protect them from illness.
Add one portion of protein e.g meat/fish/eggs. Protein helps to build muscles and provides minerals.
4. Dairy foods
Water or diluted fruit juice/smoothies are ideal. We do not allow fizzy drinks. Try to avoid drinks with high sugar content. We will offer water or milk.
Some lunchbox ideas:
1. Cheese sandwich, cucumber sticks, rice cakes and satsuma
2. Tuna pasta with sweetcorn and peppers, cherry tomatoes, apple and yoghurt
3. Pitta bread and houmous, carrot sticks, banana and blueberries.
4. Cous cous with a hardboiled egg, cucumber, grapes and yoghurt
5. Wholemeal roll with ham and cheese spread, carrot and cucumber sticks, breadsticks and pear.
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