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Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Guide to Keep Kids Well Nourished

September 06, 2017

Now the summer holidays are over and the school backpacks are out, it's time to get you and your family back on track. Wondering what to pack in their lunchbox?

 

Healthy lunch

As a busy parent, you need a simple solution to quickly create healthy and well balanced meals for your children. Worry not, we're here to help. Packing a lunchbox doesn’t need to be a chore!

Take our simple 3-step guide to put together healthy, nutritious and most importantly, tasty lunchboxes for even the pickiest eaters. With the help of wholesome and full-of-flavour ingredients, your little ones will be bursting with energy during the day. Don’t forget to give them a bottle of water too!

 

Back-to-school healthy lunch guide infographic by Nuts Pick

 

Step 1 - the main

Pick a portion from each section to ensure you've covered the starch and protein needs of your child. It's best to avoid fast fried or junk food. If you have a bit of time on your hands, you can boil a couple of eggs in the morning or grill a few slices of chicken from the previous evening. If you're in a hurry, just get some turkey slices or hummus from the fresh counter in the supermarket.

A healthy eating plan for your entire family should include mostly whole foods. Complex carbohydrates are also called starches and they are found in grain products, such as bread, crackers, pasta, and rice. We recommend you opt for wholemeal bread or pasta. They contain more nutrients and vitamins than products made with white flour.

 

Step 2 - fruit and veg

The recommended 5 a day dose is part of any healthy and well balanced diet. It's very easy to get two of them out of the way by adding a portion of fruit and a portion of vegetables to a prepacked lunch for school.

There are many ways you can add fruit and vegetables to your children's menu. Put slices of cucumber or avocado in their sandwiches, or give them carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, melon cubes or seedless grapes.

 

Step 3 - Snack

In an attempt to reduce sugar intake for kids and to avoid allergy reactions many primary schools in the UK have banned chocolate. The good thing is that we at Nuts Pick have plenty of healthy and delicious alternatives.

You can put in your little one's lunchbox anything from honey glazed nuts to dried fruits like Madjool dates, whole figs, mango strips and many more. All our nuts are freshly made to order to ensure they come to you tasting their best. The dried fruits will not only satisfy a fussy sweet tooth, but are naturally full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and are a great source of fibre.

If you like making your own delicious desserts, check our raw nuts section to get inspired for some superfood flapjacks, granola bars or oatmeal cookies.

 

Remember to try different fruit and vegetables with your kids. Let them experiment with new tastes and new textures in their food.

 




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