Fostering good eating habits from a young age really helps with your child’s lifestyle choices in the future. A child who learns to eat a balanced and nutritious diet from a young age will find it much easier to continue eating healthy later in life.
As parents, we control what our kids eat for breakfast and dinner every day at home once they are back from school. But at school, are they eating enough healthy food?
One way to ensure they are not eating too many unhealthy snacks at school is to pack them some yummy and healthy, but equally important, exciting, treats. Kids do not want to open up their lunchboxes every day and find a few celery sticks.
Here are four fun things that you can include in your kid’s daily lunchbox so they will look forward to their lunch:
1. Fruits cut up into different shapes
We’re not suggesting that you have to pick up advanced culinary arts to produce a masterpiece for them! Just cut their fruits into stars, hearts, or you can even arrange the pieces to form their favourite cartoon character so they will have a nice surprise when they open up their lunchboxes every day.
Whatttt? Popcorn? Isn’t that supposed to be bad? Well no, it isn’t. Popcorn is typically considered unhealthy because of all the butter, sugar, and other unhealthy toppings that go into it. But if you make your own popcorn at home, you can spice it up (literally) with some healthy toppings like cinnamon, peanut butter (the natural kind!), or even some protein-rich cheese!
Milk is always a good addition to any kid’s lunchbox. It’s chock-full of calcium and other great nutrients that will serve as a healthy drink as opposed to juice or soda which usually contains a lot of sugar and other additives – a big no no! You can also wrap the milk up in paper with surprise messages for your kids to find every day. How fun is that!
4. On-the-go supplements
If your kid is a little fussy when it comes to taking supplements in pill form, the best way to give them that extra boost of daily essential nutrients is through gummies or an emulsion. Just throw 3 Scott’s DHA Gummies into their lunchboxes and not only will they get a tasty treat, they’ll also hit their daily requirement of DHA intake. Alternatively, you can simply feed them a spoonful of Scott’s Emulsion Original before leaving the house so they head off to school ready for the day ahead!
DHA is an important element in a child’s brain development, especially at a young age and in the busy society we live in. Scott’s Emulsion Original gives kids a daily boost of Omega-3 fatty acids (DHA + EPA), Vitamin A, Vitamin D, and Calcium. Scott’s Emulsion can be taken from the age of 1 while the Gummies are for kids from 5 years upwards