Keeping a lunchbox routine while at home

Our routines have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in many different ways. During difficult times like this, It’s more important than ever to look after our health and wellbeing.

While children are learning remotely you may lose routine and bad eating habits may also become the new normal. This is a great opportunity to educate the importance of a healthy balanced diet. As schooling from home means no drop offs or travelling you can use this time to pack a lunchbox with your children before they start their schooling day.

Below is a fantastic simple activity from the ‘Lunch Box Nutritionist’! It allows your children to be involved in packing there own lunch and to understand what to eat in a day and why these foods help our bodies stay strong, alert and feeling good.

Healthy lunchbox activity for kids

To begin with you will need an image of The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating (AGHE) click here to view/download.

Step 1.

Explain to your child that there are 5 food groups while showing them the image of the AGHE.

Step 2.

Together work your way through each food group asking your child to identify the foods they can see in each group and ask them to list out some of their favourites.

Step 3.

Use the below simple guidelines to talk about why each food group is important.

FRUIT – Full of important vitamins, minerals and fibre to keep us healthy.

VEGETABLES – Contain similar nutrients to fruit and important for good health. Aim to eat a rainbow of different coloured vegetables and fruit.

GRAINS – Give us energy. Choose wholegrain varieties for more fibre and nutrients.

PROTEIN – Fills us up and helps with muscle growth and development.

DAIRY/CALCIUM – Helps keep our bones and teeth nice and strong.

Step 4.

Ask your child to create and draw their own healthy lunchbox using food from each of the 5 groups. I helped my kids with an outline of their lunchbox and they filled in each section with drawings of food.

Step 5.

Next get them into the kitchen and let them pack their own healthy lunch! Depending on their age they may need some help with chopping etc but allow them as much hands on input as you can.

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