The average person goes to work and school with a lunch packed with sugar, salt, and trans fats, and here at Bundles of Energy we want to help you gently shift towards a healthier way of life for you and your family.
I recently came across a very interesting article by Leslie Beck, a well-known Canadian nutritionist. She has written numerous books on health and wellness, and she looked at research done by Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 2002. American fourth graders were surveyed and it was found that only “2 out of 147 lunches included vegetables”. Lunch bags were packed with chips, pop and sweets, and had “high levels of fat, calories, sugar, and sodium”. This research is significant because at this age children are at a critical point where they are learning about food what eating healthy means. The researchers were concerned that these habits would have long-lasting effects that would eventually be seen in adulthood.
But how can you pack a healthy and tasty lunch that you and the kids will love when there are just not enough hours in the day?! I take time in the evening to prepare my lunch for the next day. I have talked to other people who chop fruits and veggies to add to their kid’s lunches during commercial breaks when they are watching their favourite shows in the evening. Other people spend their Sunday cooking and preparing foods for the rest of the week. What do you do to prepare for lunches? We’d love to hear from you!
Packing healthy lunches doesn’t have to be hard, just check out our Love Your Body Lunchbox for some ideas to get fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet.
We get our two older kids to make their own school lunches every night after dinner. It takes forever, so sometimes it’s the only thing they get to do (other than reading). So far they like it! My husband used to make the school lunches every morning and got tired of their complaints. But it is so hard to come up with ideas of what to pack, without resorting to packaged stuff. Alexa likes strange things like coconut milk and seaweed LOL
My kids like vegetables. Sweet peppers, celery, carrots, cucumber, jicama. Sometimes they put a little curry currant homous, sweet chili lime homous in a small stainless container to eat with veggies. They sometimes put frozen blueberries in a small thermos. I find they eat more when they make their own lunch and are less likely to be demanding food the instant I pick them up.
Great tips Mary-Ann and Suzanne. Thanks so much for sharing!