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Back-to-school: Time-saving ideas for a healthy lunchbox

04 SEPTEMBER 2012

With the start of term around the corner, it's time for new uniforms, new stationary and integrating nutritional choices into packed lunches.

An assortment of solitary greens springs to mind when we think of healthy eating, but what exactly should be packed into your child's lunch-box that is both healthy and will keep them going for the entire school day?

Kids need carbs to give them energy but the key is to sort the good types from the bad.

 

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A balance of fibre, protein, carbohydrate and vitamins will help growing bones and give a healthy does of brain power to stay in tune.

As always, time is of the essence for most working mothers so HELLO! Online have worked to bring you some time-efficient lunches to pack your kids off to school with:

Light Bites

Kids love any food they can eat with their hands. Think garden vegetables such as sugar-snap peas and baby carrots alongside a hummus dip. This is a winner as homemade hummus can be made in advance and stored in the fridge or freezer.

For a sweeter option choose sliced apple topped with peanut butter.

D-I-Y for Kids

Make-your-own pitta pizzas are a super easy lunch to prepare, and a great way to get kids involved too. Make salsa in advance and put in pots of toppings such as cheese, tuna, olives and salad custom to your child's tastes.

Try to avoid processed deli meats – use left-over chicken or other meats from evening meals instead.

Healthy Treats

Instead of cakes full of non-refined sugars use old bananas to create naturally sweet bread – this is a great way of satisfying a sweet tooth.

Pro-biotic yogurt topped with homemade granola provides a high source of calcium with a satisfying, crunchy twist. You can also bake the same granola with honey and trail-mix to create yummy seed-bars.

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