Are we making our children chunky? Parents are cramming their lunchboxes with more than a whole day's worth of sugar. The most common lunchbox foods are ham sandwiches, yogurts and fruit juice. They contain 25g of sugar – more than a whole day's allowance. Then on top of that we chuck in cookies, chips or other sweets. This is on top of the more than likely super sugar filled breakfast. In addition to that they found the typical nine-year-old's lunchbox contained a third of the child's calories and nearly half of their salt intake needed for a whole day.
Here are some tips on how to make their lunches healthier:
- Instead of juice go with water.
- Give your sandwiches or wraps different fillings: cooked chicken, turkey, egg, tuna, low fat cream cheese are all good options.
- Switch chips for crisp chopped vegetables and perhaps a dip like hummus.
- Use spreads and condiments sparingly and choose lower salt/sugar versions.
- Alternate lunches. Instead of sandwiches try salads: pasta, potato, couscous with vegetables and a protein like chicken or a hard boiled egg.