‘Nude’ food, nut free, healthy eating, fussy eaters & the list goes on…..all part of the day to day process of packing kids lunch boxes for busy mums and dads. These days’ parents are more time poor than ever and packing a lunch that ticks off all these requirements isn’t always as simple as it sounds!
The simplest things can turn a vegemite sandwich into a much more interesting proposition – especially with younger kids. Sandwich & cookie cutters are readily available at department and kitchenware stores. Sandwiches can become butterflies, dinosaurs and fish in a matter of seconds!
Struggle to get kids eating fruit – put it on a stick! Toothpicks, or for younger kids you can use straws, are always a hit in my kids lunch boxes. Grapes, strawberries, sultanas and as the odd (not so healthy) treat a marshmallow threaded on a stick always gets eaten. Often cheese, kabana and a cherry tomato are done this way too.
Many schools and kindergartens have now introduced a healthy food policy to encourage long term health and fight the battle against the increase in childhood and adult obesity. Advertising & food labels can be overwhelming and sometimes what we think is healthy is actually full of hidden sugars and nasties that have a negative impact on children’s (& adults!) weight, teeth and overall development.
At Community Pharmacy we offer a number of services to help you with you and your family’s healthy food choices.
We offer supermarket shopping tours conducted by our naturopaths & nutritionists, that teach you all you need to know to decipher the sometimes confusing information on food labels and packaging. The shopping tours are fun, interactive and empowering. Please contact your local Community Pharmacy for details of the next upcoming shopping tour. Places fill quickly, so bookings are essential.