We are now well into the first Half term back after the Summer holidays and the enthusiasm for packing the lunchboxes can be wearing a little thin. Coming up with ideas everyday that the kids will enjoy and that you can be happy are healthy and nutritious can feel like a chore. So when I was asked to take part in the #FloraLunchbox Challenge, sponsored by Flora. I was excited to come up with some new ideas for my boys lunches.
Flora has created a meal planner to help put together tasty and nutritious lunchbox combinations so we used that as our starting point for getting back some enthusiasm for lunch.
After looking at the meal planner and the website for ideas, here are our favorite combinations for a weeks worth of lunchboxes.
Monday - Wholemeal pasta salad, made with a tatssiki dressing, sweetcorn, tomatoes and peppers.
Tuesday - Egg mayo and lettuce sandwich on wholemeal bread, some grapes, a banana and a drink
Wednesday - A cheese and tomato bagel, banana bread, an apple, a satsuma and a drink
Thursday - Pitta sticks with houmous and cucumber sticks, flapjack, an apple, a large tomato and a drink
Friday - A tuna mayo and sweetcorn sandwhich, a pot of sultanas, a banana, a plum and a drink.
A Flora-commissioned University of Leeds study recently revealed that only 1.6% of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets the nutritional standards set for school meals, with just 17% of lunches containing any kind of vegetables or salad. Flora wants to change that. I have no problem getting my kids to eat fruit, in fact some days I wonder if I gave birth to fruit bats.
Getting them to eat vegetables in their lunchboxes can be harder. We found over the week by sneaking in something extra to their sandwich or bagel and by offering sticks of vegetables with a dip they we just as keen to gobble them up as the fruit. It's worth playing around with using different fruits and vegetables to see what works with your children. You may be surprised just what they will tuck into!
The great thing about using Flora on your sandwhiches and bagels is that every tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter* and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children.
Flora also offer recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids