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THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH

Did you know that almost 1 in 3 South African Children under the age of 5 are stunted due to poor nutrition, picky eating and/or recurrent illness?1

It is therefore extremely important that your children are fed a healthy and balanced diet, especially when they go to school. Good nutrition is vital for their growth, brain function, performance and energy needs on a daily basis.2

Ensure you pack a healthy and nutritious lunchbox for them so all their needs are taken care of.

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH

Here are some tips for a healthy, nutritious and fun lunch box:3,4

1. Start with protein

  • Turkey / ham sandwich
  • Mozzarella cheese fingers
  • Tuna / chicken mayo roll
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2.       Include whole grains

  • Whole wheat / brown / rye bread
  • Provita
  • Crackers / rice cake
  • Biscuits / rusks
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3.Add a fruit

  • Orange / naartjie segments
  • Grapes
  • Plum
  • Apple halves
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4.Don’t forget the vegetable

  • Carrot sticks
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber slices
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5.The importance of hydration

Proper nutrition should go hand in hand with exercise and adequate hydration. Don’t forget to pack a bottle of water or sugar-free fruit juice so that your children stay hydrated.

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References: 1. UNICEF / WHO / World Bank Group Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates. Levels and trends in child malnutrition. Joint Child Malnutrition Estimates 2019 edition. 2. Nicklas TA, et al. J Am Diet Assoc 2008;108:1038-1047. 3. 5 Steps to pack a healthy lunchbox. Available at: https://therootcause.com.au/5-steps-to-pack-a-healthy-lunchbox/ Date Accessed: April 2021. 4. Pick & Mix Lunchbox Poster. Available at: https://heas.health.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/pick-mix-lunchbox-poster.pdf Date Accessed: April 2021.

Also add in existing recipes.