We are the super Healthy Eaters and our job is to help educate both the school and community more about having a healthier lifestyle. This would include what consists of a balanced diet and what activities you could do.
Who We Are
What We Do
As members of the healthy eating group, we will:
- Discuss different diets to see how suitable they are.
- Discuss the different food groups and see what we have already included in our diets.
- Make recommendations to our school peers on what foods they could include in their diet.
- Create leaflets and posters about healthy eating.
What’s in a healthy packed lunch?
A child at school should have about a third of their daily nutrient requirements at lunchtime. This means they need food that is going to provide them with enough energy, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals.
A healthy packed lunch should contain a mix of foods from the EatWell Plate. The EatWell Plate shows how much should be eaten from each of the 5 food groups.
A great packed lunch contains:
- A starchy food, such as bread, rolls, pitta bread, rice, noodles. These foods are good for children to fill up on.
- A good source of protein, iron and zinc such as meat, fish, beans, nuts or eggs.
- A good source of calcium such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais.
- One portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable or salad to provide all the other vitamins and minerals. A piece of fruit could be a 100% juice or a piece of fresh fruit or dried fruit. A piece of vegetable could be a fresh vegetables such as carrot sticks or salad.
No single food contains all the essential nutrients the body needs to be healthy and function efficiently so it is important that the content of the packed lunch is varied.
What about snacks such as crisps, cakes, pastries and sweets?
These foods should not be included in a school packed lunch. Instead, only be given occasionally at home. Children will then appreciate them more.
If these foods are included in packed lunches they might eat these first and not have the appetite to eat the other foods that will provide them with the important nutrients they need to grow and develop, be healthy and active.