These healthy lunchboxes will have the family looking forward to school and the office!
Essentials for good health
- Fruit and vegetables: 5 servings (per day) for vitamins and minerals to keep them healthy.
- Wholegrains: 5 servings (per day) for slow-releasing energy. Good options include low-GI bread, wholewheat pasta or crackers, oats, brown rice and beans.
- Protein: 3 servings (per day) like lean meat, fish and eggs to help with growth.
- Dairy: 3 x ½-1 cup servings (per day) like milk, yoghurt and cheese for good strong bones.
- Water: 4-6 cups per day to stay hydrated.
Teaching your child to listen to their bodies and not under- or especially overeat is just as important to their health as teaching them to eat their veggies. Portion sizes depend on your child’s stage of growth and development, age, sex, activity and even the season. This can get tricky to work out, but in general, the hand method is one of the simplest and most convenient ways to implement portion control.
- Fruits and vegetables: 1 serving = 2 of your child’s palms.
- Grains: 1 serving = the size of your child’s fist.
- Protein: 1 serving = the size of your child’s palm.
Fruit, veggie sticks and hummus or tzatziki, nuts, popcorn, biltong, yoghurt and cheese.
No baking is needed to make these healthy 5-ingredient nut bars – they’re low GI and gluten-free too.
These Low carb, sugar-free fudge cups are the healthy way to go when the sugar cravings creep up on you.
These crispy choc balls are low fat and nut free and perfect to pop into lunchboxes.
This 2-minute bun is quick and easy enough to make fresh in the morning before school for a low-carb, gluten-free lunchbox option.
This quick mix, low GI bread is sugar-free and a healthy option for lunchboxes.
Cloud bread is a great Low Carb, Gluten-free bread replacement and is very high in protein too.
FEATURE: MARGIE ELS-BURGER ASSISTED BY NOMVUSELELO MNCUBE PHOTOS: DYLAN SWART