Head Chef Jody Keating Offers Advice on Packing Lunch for Kids
Lunch is a vital meal for everyone. It provides energy and nutrients to keep the body and brain working through the afternoon. According to experts, lunch provides nourishment to the body and brain and reduces stress and eating lunch provides a break from the activities of the day and gives energy for the rest of the afternoon.
Keep it simple.
Some of the best recipes for long lasting lunches are also the most basic. Save the complex dishes for weekend eating and stick with simple to make sandwiches, pastas, salads when packing a weeks’ worth of lunches.
Visit a farmers’ market.
Involve your kids in the lunch process by showing them where their food comes from before it hits the lunchbox.
Follow a formula.
Protein, fruit, veg, snack, treat. Go down the list to make sure there is enough food and also healthy enough food.
Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta
Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt
Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit
Try something new
If your kids are tired with the same old school lunches, then why not try something new? Combine two lunchtime favourites for the ultimate mealtime mashup your kids will love.