A child’s success, including in school, can be affected by having a healthy lunch. Packing a nutritious meal for your child can benefit them in many ways:

  • Improved Academic Performance

A healthy lunch can give children the energy they need to stay focused, pay attention in class, and learn the information presented to them in their classes after lunch time.

  • Promote Good Nutrition

A person usually acquires their eating habits during early childhood. Therefore, healthy lunches lead to healthier nutrition choices later on in life.

  • Prevent Obesity and Improve Health

School lunches that provide more calories than a child needs to maintain a healthy body weight can lead to obesity. This can also lead to health problems later on in life.

  • Increase Consumption of Vital Nutrients

Children who eat fast food frequently consume more fat and calories and fewer essential nutrients, including calcium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It is important that lunch is a well-balanced meal to ensure that your child receives good nutrition.

Break out of the “school lunch” routine with these easy lunchbox ideas:

Option 1:

  • Turkey & Cheddar Rollup
  • Fresh Berries
  • Yoghurt
  • Trail Mix

Option 2:

  • Cheese Quesadilla
  • Guacamole or Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Strawberries

Option 3:

  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Baby Carrots
  • Almonds

Adding a bottle of water to your child’s lunch is a great way to keep them hydrated and to encourage your child to choose water over sugary beverages like fruit juice or soda.