Healthy school lunches need to provide a varied diet, full of fibre, fruits, vegetables and protein. Did you know lunch provides a third of your children’s daily nutritional requirement? It’s vital that your children are being fed a healthy meal. Studies have also shown that the food your kids consume at lunch can affect their performance at school. When considering recipes for kids, take a look at the foods and drinks your child’s school need to avoid and the ones they should embrace.
Foods high in sugar should be avoided as they tend to lower concentration and make children lethargic. For the most nutritional lunches, it’s best to avoid foods with added sugar like:
- Fizzy drinks
With obesity on the rise and the World Health Organisation (WHO) calling it the most serious health challenges in the 21st century, we need to ensure our kids are staying away from excessive sugars. Did you know the maximum daily limit of sugar for children is 40g of sugar? The scary thing is, most fizzy drinks contain almost this entire daily limit (36g in a 330ml can).
A study published in 2012, found that 13.5% of children, between the ages of 6 and 14 were termed overweight. Don’t let your kids become a part of this statistic!
To help combat this problem, here are the five food groups that you should make sure your children are getting at school:
- Dairy Products
These food groups will ensure your children are receiving maximum nutrition.
A great alternative to juices and fizzy drinks is Rooibos. The advantage of Rooibos is that it’s caffeine free, so it won’t have your kids bouncing off the walls! Rooibos also contains antioxidants which can help boost the immune system, reduce allergies and inflammation, and soothe stomach cramps and colic in infants. It can also be enjoyed cold as an iced tea which is a perfect option for lunchboxes.
Compared to sugary drinks, Rooibos is definitely a healthier option.
For an easy lunchbox drink, simply make up a litre of Tea4Kidz Rooibos using four to six teabags and leave in the fridge to cool overnight. Taste and sweeten with honey if need be. Different flavoured iced teas can be created by adding mint, lemon, orange, granadilla, mango or apple.
Another great way to incorporate Rooibos into your child’s diet is with Rooibos iced tea lollies. These are particularly great in summer! Once you’ve made a jug of iced Rooibos, pour the tea into Popsicle containers or ice trays. Freeze them overnight and treat your kids to a healthy and delicious after-school treat.
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