A healthy, enjoyable lunch is a great way to ensure your child has the energy they need to learn and play at school.
As a guide to get you started, this webpage offers a few tips and menu suggestions to help provide a healthier packed lunch.
Visit the following webistes for further ideas and advice regarding healthier lunches:
There have recently been major changes to the information which the food industry must provide to their customers. New legislation came into force in December 2014, enforcing us, as a food supplier to your children, to provide allergen information on all of our menu items.
Please ensure that St Peter's School is aware of any food allergies your child may have. There are currently 14 allergens which have been identified within our menus and these are thoroughly recorded and documented within the school kitchen records. If you require any further information regarding these issues, please do not hesitate to contact our school kitchen manager, Mrs Marrs, via the School Office.
How to create a healthy packed lunch
For a healthy, balanced lunchbox include something from each of these groups every day:
For example, a wholegrain roll, tortilla wrap, chapatti, pitta pocket, bagel, breadsticks, pasta, cous cous or rice.
Include a portion of lean meat, fish or an alternative, such as, chicken, ham, turkey, tuna, egg, beans or hummus.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
Aim for at least three portions of fruit, vegetables and salad during the school day. This can include an apple, satsuma, a handful of cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, a small tub of fruit salad, or a small box of raisins.
Raisins are very high in sugar and are therefore better eaten with a meal rather than as a stand-alone snack.
Provide a portion of semi-skimmed milk or other dairy item. Cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are popular choices.
Unsweetened fruit juice, semi-skimmed milk, yoghurt drinks and water are healthy options. Please do not send drinks that are high in sugar or fizzy pop into school.
Where possible, please DO Not send nuts or any foods containing nut products into school, as we have a number of children with sever nut allergies that are life threatening.
A healthy lunch can include an occasional treat from time to time, for variety and appeal.
Make sure lunchboxes come back empty by trying these top tips:
Variety is a good way to get a healthy balanced diet and makes having a packed lunch more interesting.
Make lunchboxes bright and colourful by including different tastes and textures.
Soggy sandwiches are not very popular - try to keep the bread dry.
Clip top plastic tubs are good for mixed salads or chopped fruits.
Make lunch the night before and keep it in the fridge in an insulated lunchbox.
Freeze drinks the night before so it keeps the lunchbox cool during the morning.
Involve children in making their lunchboxes and in deciding which healthier foods to have.
Check labels for levels of salt, sugar and fat on foods you buy. If making your own, keep these levels to a minimum.
Go easy on spreads and mayonnaise.
Check out school lunch menus for inspiration or as an alternative to keep your child's lunches exciting.
Pitta bread with tuna and sweetcorn
Low fat strawberry yoghurt
Unsweetened apple juice
Cheese sandwich on wholemeal
Small handful of grapes
Low fat fromage frais
Bottle of still water
Homemade tuna and rice salad with fresh tomato and cucumber
Red pepper strips
A few strawberries
Small portion of dried apricots
Unsweetened orange juice
Salad and hummus wrap
Small portion of raisins and sultanas
Low fat peach yoghurt
Bottle of still water
Chicken salad in a malted bread roll
Small pot of fruit pieces in natural fruit juice
A small carton of milk