February is back to school time, and we would like to help make the transition a little easier as well as healthier. We’ve put together some tooth-friendly lunchbox options that your children will love.
Sandwiches are always an easy option for a boxed lunch. Starting with good, whole-wheat bread, tortilla or pita will help your child get their daily dose of whole grains. Include a protein-based filling such as meat, fish or eggs, or perhaps some cheese, which is a very tooth-friendly option.
Alternatives To Sandwiches
If your child isn’t really into sandwiches, you could opt for packing a nutritious salad instead. Include chicken or tuna with some fresh veggies, maybe some sunflower seeds. You could even pack the ingredients separately and allow your child to “build” their salad on their own during lunchtime for some added fun. Hommus and fresh veggies are wonderful for a child who prefers to snack rather than eat a formal meal. Some other snack-type lunchbox options could include breadsticks with cheese, or rice cakes.
Fruit salad is another idea for a healthy lunch. Mixing freshly cut fruits with some vanilla yoghurt adds protein and vitamin D. Muesli or granola could be added for some extra crunch. Keep in mind that fruits contain natural sugars that can be harmful to the teeth. Consequently, a single serve of fruit in a lunchbox is plenty. Do encourage your child to wash it down with water afterward to dilute the amount of sugar remaining in the mouth.
Speaking of drinks, water is the ideal choice for children at school: it is thirst-quenching, sugar-free and doesn’t make things sticky if it is accidentally spilled.
In the hot days of February, consider adding a freezer block or frozen water bottle to the lunch box to keep everything cool, fresh and tempting.
We hope it’s a great year for all Geelong students and their families!