We would like our children to have a school meal each day as we feel our school dinners offer excellent value for money and we are fortunate enough to have a superb chef. There is a wide range of healthy options. The cost of school meals is £7.75 a week-the cheapest in London!
If you decide to send your child in with a packed lunch, please ensure that he or she has a healthy and balanced meal. Many of you have asked about what to put in packed lunches, so here are some ideas:
- raw carrot sticks,
- celery sticks
- other raw vegetables
- small tomatoes or other salad items
- cheese cubes
- sandwiches made with wholemeal or granary bread, filled with tuna, cheese, ham, fish paste, cheese spread etc with slices of tomato, cucumber or boiled egg
- yoghurt and spoon
- mini salads made from leftover pasta with sweetcorn, tuna, cooked chicken or prawns and mayonnaise or vinaigrette
- fresh or dried fruit
- small cake or bun (optional) – homemade is best!
We suggest that a child always has a sandwich or something equivalent and then two or three other items.
Please do not give your child crisps, sweets, chocolate biscuits or fizzy drinks and please don’t put drinks in glass bottles.
There are some popular mini-snacks now available from supermarkets which are ideal for lunchboxes. However please avoid those with excessive salt-some have the equivalent of 2 teaspoons in them.
Try to combine fresh fruit, salad or vegetables with prepared snacks. Here are some healthy ideas:
- miniature cheeses
- twin cartons of cream cheese with miniature breadsticks
- mini yoghurt drinks
- fromage frais in tubes or squeezy pouches
- mini packs of dried fruit or nuts and raisins
- cereal and dried fruit bars
- fruit smoothies
- yoghurt covered raisins
- individual portions of fruit puree (eg apple, apple & strawberry)
- mini packs of cherry tomatoes or baby carrots
Here Are Some Tips On Making Sure Your Lunches Get Eaten!
- Don’t give your child more than he or she can eat.
- Let your child get involved in packing his or her lunchbox.
- Children prefer miniature items to daunting larger portions, so try things like baby bananas and mini packs of raisins.
- Present food in a novel way by cutting sandwiches or chunks of cheese into different shapes.
- In hot weather, keep the contents of your child’s lunchbox cool by including a carton or plastic container of juice, frozen overnight. By lunchtime the juice will have defrosted.
- Some children like to re-fuel quickly to leave maximum time in the playground. Pre-peel satsumas and wrap the segments in film or cut a kiwi in half so the child can scoop out the centre with a teaspoon.