How can families create healthy lunchboxes?
The Department of Health and Human Services Pick & Mix 1-6 poster provides a range of ideas and practical tips to inspire families to create healthy school lunchboxes.
The message is simple:
For a healthy lunchbox pick & mix, something from each group 1 - 6!
Pick and mix one tasty option from each of the food groups below to create a healthy lunchbox every day:
- Fruit (e.g. fresh, frozen, pureed and canned in natural juice
- Vegetables, legumes and beans
Offer different types and colours
- Milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives (e.g. soy, rice, oat and almond based products with at least 100mg of calcium per 100mL/g)
Reduced fat options are best.
- Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts* and seeds, and legumes/beans
* If your school has a nut-free policy, peanut butter and other nuts should not be included in your child’s lunchbox.
- Grain (cereal) foods (e.g. breads, cereals, rice, pasta, noodles, polenta, couscous, oats, quinoa and barley)
Wholegrain and/or high fibre varieties are best.
- Plain water (e.g. tap, spring, mineral, soda and sparkling)
Offer water as the drink of choice.
Click here or click the images to download your free copy of the Pick & Mix 1-6 poster. Why not keep it on your fridge as an easy reminder of healthy lunchbox ideas?