Easy tips to im­prove kids’ school lunches

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

no health­ier al­ter­na­tive for kids than a bal­anced packed school lunch made at home.

But it’s easy to get lazy with su­per­mar­kets of­fer­ing up all those con­ve­niently pack­aged sugar and salt-laden pro­cessed foods.

How about up­dat­ing your packed lunches to make them even health­ier?

Here are seven small changes you can make in your kids’ school lunches. 1. Switch to a healthy crunch. Ditch the potato crisps or twisties and re­place them with car­rot sticks, cel­ery sticks, nuts or pop­corn.

2. Pack wa­ter or 100 per cent fruit juice as a bev­er­age in­stead of a soft drink. 3. Switch white bread for whole grain. 4. Ditch the sugar-laden jam. Use one that’s sweet­ened with con­cen­trated fruit juices.

5. Make your own bis­cuits or muesli bars as treats in­stead of prepack­aged, pro­cessed ones.

6. Buy a good ther­mos, and give them a hearty soup with veg­eta­bles for lunch.

7. Roll some­thing up in a whole wheat tor­tilla in­stead of mak­ing a tra­di­tional sand­wich. Kids who wouldn’t want let­tuce on a sand­wich of­ten will ac­cept them rolled up with other in­gre­di­ents such as a taco.

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