Recent research from Flora indicates that many children’s lunch boxes across the U.K are failing to meet health standards. I often read stories about children bringing in very unhealthy items such as pot noodles or even cold pizza left over from a take away, add to that crisps, chocolate bars and sweet biscuits and it does not look good at all.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that children’s lunch boxes across the country are failing to meet healthy food standards. It’s so easy, as parents, to pick up snacks and treats for a lunchbox and pack the same things day after day.
New research from Flora shows that just 1.6% of packed lunch boxes are meeting healthy food based standards amongst primary school children in England and only 17% of lunch boxes contains any vegetables or salad.
In a bid to boost healthy eating in schools, Flora is launching its latest initiative to help improve lunch boxes by offering easy solutions and providing easy male recipes.
Flora have created their own Lunchbox guide, which includes simple charts like this.
The chart encourages parents to create a main using four different food groups – adding a side or two and then adding a couple of fruit or vegetable choices too. It’s a great guide to help with a balanced lunch.
We have been sent a small lunchbox and some vouchers so we could create our own healthier lunch.
Tuna is really good for children and my girls both eat it so I’m quite lucky. The lunch box is a bit on the small side so if I was to put this in a school lunch box I would put it in a sealed plastic container first.
I always try to give my children healthy food, but like most parents, it is often easier to give the not so healthy foods too.