Packed Lunch

Packed lunch photoshoot!

19th Jan 2019Dr Jennie Cockroft

I’m currently working on a new range of parent information leaflets and practical infographics covering our six key messages for parents of children on the PhunkyFoods Programme – you’ll be able to see them soon on the PhunkyFoods website. I had such fun last week working with Kelly (Kelly Jo Photography) producing some new images for our Healthy School Lunch leaflet. We wanted to show that with a little thought and planning packed lunches can be healthy, varied and inviting – and I think these pictures show just that!

And don’t think these are just for children; you can apply the same guidelines for packing a healthy lunch for the whole family. By making sure you pack foods from each of the main food groups. Try using the following guidelines to help you.

A healthy packed lunch would always include:

  • One portion of fruit.
  • One portion of vegetables.
  • A starchy carbohydrate such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or any other cereal. Choose wholegrain varieties where possible.
  • A portion of meat, fish, eggs or another non-dairy protein such as lentils, beans, chick peas or houmous.
  • A dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.
  • A drink of water, fruit juice/smoothie (150ml) or semi-skimmed/skimmed milk.

A healthy packed lunch might occasionally include:

  • Meat products such as sausage rolls or pies, corned beef or sausages.
  • Cakes and plain biscuits as part of the meal, but be mindful of appropriate portion sizes.

A healthy packed lunch would NOT include:

  • Salty snacks such as crisps.
  • Confectionary products such as chocolate, chocolate coated cereal bars, processed fruit bars and sweets.
  • Sugary soft drinks such as squashes, or fizzy drinks.

As soon as our infographics and leaflets are launched I’ll publish them here too – but for now I hope this helps anyone needing some healthy pack up motivation and inspiration.

For more healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes you can visit PhunkyFoods.

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