Sunday, September 09, 2018
Ideas for packing healthy school lunches
A school lunch should give children the energy and nutrients they need to be ready to learn, be more alert and perform better at school. When planning lunches keep these tips in mind:
- Include one serving from at least three of the four food groups from Canada's Food Guide.
- Rather than buying pre-made lunch kits, make your own healthy "lunch kit" with divided containers and small bite-sized cheese cubes, left over chicken chunks, veggie sticks or fruit slices.
- Get your kids to eat more veggies - send cucumber coins, zucchini sticks and pepper strips with dip.
- Fill whole wheat or multigrain wrap/pita/tortilla shells with your child's favourite foods such as hummus and grated carrot or sliced turkey with honey mustard.
- Don't have them drink their fruit - send water instead.
For more information to keep you and your family healthy, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
Stressful mornings sound familiar? Here's how to get organized and out the door on time:
Try these tips to help get the whole family out the door on time:
- Plan ahead: pack lunches and pick out clothes the night before.
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour so you wake up rested and ready for the day.
- Wake up and get yourself ready, before your child.
- Keep the TV and electronics off. These can be disruptive first thing in the morning.
- Give clear instructions and be realistic about what your child can do for themselves. Praise them when they do something well to help them learn new skills.
Finally, remember to have patience. Your child learns from watching you! In time your child will learn to plan ahead, be organized, and develop patience too. For more tips, visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or www.triplep-parenting.ca
Information provided by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit