Tips For Packing Healthy Lunches:
1. Follow Canada’s Food Guide - choose foods from all four food groups every day:
2. Tuck in a healthy treat such as a homemade muffin, oatmeal cookie, or a low-fat granola bar. Try baking mini muffins for mini appetites. Many children like/need a snack at recess. When you bake a batch of muffins, wrap some individually and freeze them for quick lunch additions, or buy ready-made low-fat muffins such as bran or oatmeal and raisin.
3. Provide plenty to drink. Students who are dehydrated lose their ability to think and learn and can often be very distracted. Pack two or three drinks, if possible.
4. Add lots of variety, so that lunches do not become predictable and boring.
5. Keep cold foods cold and hot food hot for safety. Use an insulated lunch bag with frozen 100% juice or milk in Tetra Pak® containers to keep it cold. A wide-mouth thermos will hold a hot soup until lunch. Keep an assortment of baggies on hand for ease of wrapping.
6. Watch for school rules regarding the use of peanut butter due to allergies.
7. Avoid too many sweets and high fat foods as they add calories but often little food value. A child can experience fatigue sooner when a diet is too high in sugar.
8. Make your own "trail mix" with dried cranberries, almonds, raisins or other dried fruits, and just a few mini chocolate chips or mini M&M’s for a hint of chocolate OR buy an already prepared mix and add some of the above favourites. Use the snack-size zip locks to tuck in this fibre-rich treat.
Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins