With lots of new families joining us we thought we would share our lunchbox blog which has helped many parents provide a healthy, well balanced and nutritious lunch as per our healthy eating policy. A healthy balanced diet can develop concentration and learning abilities.
One main worry from lots of our parents is fussy eaters but It is extremely common for pre-schoolers to become fussy with their food or uninterested, they would rather be playing or occupying themselves away from the table.
Understandably, the easy option is to let them eat what they choose because it may seem that anything is better than nothing. However, this can lead to a downward spiral later on, with children liking less and less and not being interested in trying any new foods. Our lunch times are not rushed, calm and fun so it could be the perfect time to introduce a new food or two into your child’s diet and with lots of children leaving to go to school variety in a lunchbox is key as school lunchbox policies can be a little stricter than nursery or your child may have a school meal which may include foods that they haven’t tried before.
We are aware that we have lots of children in setting with varying allergies and they too deserve variety in their lunchboxes, these lunchbox ideas can be adapted to suit differing allergies.
We have experienced children with life threatening allergies and still seen amazing lunchboxes and put various things in pace to allow them to be involved in our family style meals so we are here to help.
For Example:Bread – swap bread for a free from alternative such as free from bread, bagels, pitta or wraps.
Sandwiches – rather than a sandwich use rolled up sliced meat such as turkey or ham and give it a fun name like “turkey roll ups”
Thermos ideas – homemade soups, pasta with a tomato sauce and added meats like sausage or vegetables or beans with a slice of free from bread.
Try different fruits and vegetables – mini cucumbers and cherry tomatoes are favourites among many children.
Serve sliced meats such as salami, ham, turkey with free from crackers/rice cakes, breadsticks or cracker bread with a hard or soft cheese alternative alongside some vegetable crudites/hummus or berries.
Sandwich kebabs – thread layers of gluten free bread, sliced meat and vegetables onto fun kebab sticks.
Egg muffins with a variety of meat, vegetable and cheese fillings can be a great alternative.
Different crisps such as lentil chips, veggie straws, hummus chips, popcorn or gluten free pretzels can provide variety.
Pom bears and lots of the seabrook variety are gluten free.
The brand Kiddilicious do a great variety of snacks such as wafers, smoothie melts, crispy tiddlers etc that are suitable for children suffering from coeliacs disease or are lactose intolerant.
𝕃𝕖𝕥𝕤 𝕥𝕒𝕝𝕜 𝕡𝕦𝕕𝕕𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤……The Brand NOMO and Moo Free do some lovely chocolate treats for allergy sufferers Coconut Collaborative, KOKO and supermarket own brands have lots of varieties of yoghurts/mousse and chocolate pots.
Free from cookies or biscuits you can usually find good selections in bigger supermarkets. ℂ𝕙𝕖𝕔𝕜 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕝𝕒𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕤 𝕠𝕗 𝕒𝕝𝕝 𝕗𝕠𝕠𝕕𝕤 𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕠𝕣 𝕥𝕠 𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕔𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕟 𝕥𝕠 𝕙𝕒𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕚𝕟 𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕖 𝕒 𝕣𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕡𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕤 𝕔𝕙𝕒𝕟𝕘𝕖𝕕 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕚𝕔𝕦𝕝𝕒𝕣𝕝𝕪 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕟𝕖𝕨 𝕗𝕠𝕠𝕕𝕤.