I’ve had a long break at home but now it is back to reality. Kitana starts a new school this year and, to be honest, I am a bit nervous. I’m praying that Kitana will enjoy her new school and make friends quickly. She is a bit reserved around strangers.
The last school Kitana attended provided lunch and snacks for her however her new school doesn’t provide snacks so I will need to pack a bag of goodies every day.
Kitana is a fussy eater which makes it more difficult but I know for a fact that she does eat better at school than at home. It seems like her classmates have a positive impact on her.
I have scratched my head trying to come up with creative lunch ideas that are simple enough to make at the crack of dawn but that is also packed with vitamins and minerals that a toddler needs. Pinterest has been my lifesaver!
My daughter may not eat everything but she has her favorites and many of them are healthy (thank God). She hates veggies but she eats fruits so I am not complaining but I am still trying my best to get her to eat vegetables.
What you should include in your child’s lunch box:
Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body. They are one of the building blocks of body tissue, and can also serve as a fuel source. Sources of protein include grains, legumes and nuts, as well as animal sources such as meats, dairy products, fish and eggs. Source: Wikipedia
Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for your body. Your digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). Your body uses this sugar for energy for your cells, tissues and organs. Source: Google.
3. Fresh fruit and Vegetable
Fresh fruit and vegetable contain vitamins and minerals that will help your child succeed physically and emotionally.
Key nutrients in Fruit and Vegetable include potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron and folate (folic acid).
Milk and dairy foods are good sources of calcium and vitamin D. Get your child ready every morning with a healthy breakfast of cereal, milk and fruit or a yogurt parfait and include cheese in their lunch or snack box.
5. Treat – BARNI
Every child deserves a little treat after eating their fruit and veg especially the fussy eaters (like Kitana). We all want to make sure our kids get the best and sometimes it is hard finding a treat that meets our needs.
I have found a perfect treat in the form of Barni ….
Barni is a delicious playful bear-shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre, providing a little discovery in every bite. This yummy treat has no colourants, preservatives or trans fats.
Barni is available in a convenient pack size, individually wrapped for freshness and hygiene. It fits perfectly into the hands of little ones and is perfect for children ages three to school-going ages.
Did you know water makes up more than half of your body weight?
It is so easy for a child to get dehydrated at school especially during a hot summer day when they playing outside with their friends.
Water is a must in every lunch box! Make sure you send a big bottle in the morning and add some ice cubes on a hot day so it stays cold longer.
Water helps maintain the balance of body fluids. It also helps control calories, normal bowel function and keeps your skin looking good.
To make your kids lunch box more exciting, try “food” art or send a love note every day.
Tip: Invest in a set of cookie cutters and let your child choose a lunch box set that they like.
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