The child mother lunch box relationship – Part II

The child mother lunch box relationship – Part II

If you have been following the The child mother lunch box relationship, This is the continuation of the same article “The child mother lunch box relationship – Part II”

Now Lets talk about What is a good lunch box and what goes into making a good lunch box.

What is a good lunch box?
Children spend most of their waking hours at school. Since breakfast is usually a hurried affair, the Lunch box becomes especially important in providing children with the energy to stay active and ability to concentrate and perform at school.

A good lunch box motivates the child to eat it completely and happily. This would also ensure that the child is not lured by the unhealthy mix of foods sold at the school canteen. greasy burgers, Cheesy Pizzas, salty potato chips/ fries, starchy noodles, sugary colas can never ne nourishing for your child day after day. Now the question is: is it possible to pack health, taste and love in a box? Yes, it is, if you follow these points when planning and packing a lunch box for your children.

  • Nutrition Value: Ideally the Lunch box should provide one-fourth the daily requirement of calories to the child.
  • Variety: Try to pack a different lunch box everyday. Vary the choice of foods and presentation style to avoid boredom
  • Visual appeal: Kids like creative, colorful lunch boxes. Use different colored vegetables and fruits.
  • Food texture and consistency: Make the lunch box crispy and crunchy by packing raw or lightly steamed (and then chilled) vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or carrots. Add in some yogurt dip.
  • Palatable even when cold: Avoid foods like boiled eggs, rice etc that do not taste good when cold.
  • Safe Even hours after packing: It is best to prepare the lunch box early in the morning, avoid foods that spoil easily or foods that are cooked the previous night.
  • Pack in a surprise: Children love fantasy, surprises, mysteries and freedom from restrictions. Pack in a surprise every once a week.
  • Involve your kids: Involve your kids on deciding on lunch box choices.
  • Prepare in advance: Mornings are hectic and every single task a race against time. to make sure that you dont give your kid the easiest possible lunch, do part time preparation for the lunch the evening before.
  • Pack in Beverages:Pack in a fruit juice, But ,make sure its 100% with no added sugars or concentrates, flavored or soy milk is a good idea. Though not in hot summers.These are a few point you may need to follow to ensure that your child has a completely healthy lunch box, thats healthy, fun and packed in love.

Sanjana M Shenoy is a A dietitian from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. Having worked as a Dietitian for the Manipal Group of Hospitals namely KMC hospital Mangalore, India.She is also a consultant for corporate's like Infosys and others, conducting talks and presentations for various associations and local television shows.She consults at her Diet and Nutrition clinic "Nutrihealth" in Mangalore.Also is a visiting consultant to various hospitals in and around Mangalore and also runs an active online consultation.

3 Replies to “The child mother lunch box relationship – Part II”

  1. fantastic article as usual! I got a few tips from here as well! My son is a horrible eater when it comes to lunch box. Sure could use a few pointers from here!

    Thanks Sanjana!

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