Can you see which lunch box is healthier? Dietitian Susie Burrell shares a photo of two midday meals
A leading dietitian has shared a photo of two lunch boxes, but while they may look similar, one contains a whopping 67 grams more sugar.
Susie Burrell, of Sydney, said meals can look healthy and contain the same basic food choices, but it’s easy for added sugars to slip into our kids’ lunch boxes when you factor in the packaged snacks.
“In this photo I have shown two lunch boxes with different packaged snacks,” Susie continued Instagram.
A leading dietitian has shared a photo of two lunch boxes, but the one on the left contains a whopping 67 grams more sugar (the two lunches in the photo)
Susie Burrell (pictured), from Sydney, said meals can look healthy and include the same basic food choices, but it’s easy for added sugars to slip into our kids’ lunch boxes
‘The lunch box on the left contains 89 grams of sugars in the packaged snacks.
‘This is compared to 22 grams of sugars in the lunch box on the right.’
Susie: ‘This is not to promote packaged snacks, but to show how easily extra sugars slip into our children’s lunch boxes.’
She said that when it comes to her own children, she usually only includes one packaged snack, as well as a dairy product, a piece of fresh fruit, and some veggies — which help “fill the rest of the lunch box.”
“I generally don’t grab juice or dried fruit at all,” she said.
She said that when it comes to her own children, she usually only includes one packaged snack, as well as a dairy product, a piece of fresh fruit, and some vegetables (one of her lunch boxes in the photo)
The lunch box on the left with more sugar contains a packet of sultanas, an oaty slice cookie, Apple Splash juice, yogurt bag and bliss balls.
The lunch box on the right contains crunchy fava beans, dried fruits and vegetables, apple juice with no added sugars, a chocolate bar and a yogurt bag.
“Check your labels because just because it looks healthy doesn’t always mean it is,” Susie said.
“It is recommended that children consume only 20-25 grams of added sugars per day!”
Previously, Susie shared exactly what the perfect school lunchbox looks like and why she follows her own four-step formula (one of her lunchboxes pictured)
Hundreds of people who saw the dietitian’s post thanked her for sharing the “vital” information.
‘Thanks for sharing! Such a big difference in the amount of sugar. Definitely something I pay more attention to when buying packaged snacks for my kids these days,” wrote one mother.
Another added: ‘This is so insightful’.
Susie’s formula means you should always include a sandwich, wrap, or salad, as well as fruits and veggies, a high-protein snack, and a “nice and tasty item” (lunch box pictured)
Susie’s lunchbox formula in four steps
1. Sandwich, wrap or salad with some form of protein..
2. Fruits and sliced vegetables.
3. High-protein snack such as yogurt or cheese.
4. Something fun or ‘tasty’ like homemade protein balls, healthy chips or cookies.
Earlier, Susie shared exactly what the perfect school lunch box looks like and why she follows her own four-step formula.
Susie’s formula means you should always have a sandwich, wrap, or salad with protein in their box, as well as fruits and veggies, a high-protein snack, and a “fun and delicious item.”
For a high-protein snack, Susie prefers yogurt or cheese, while her favorite ‘sweetie’ foods are healthy chocolate digestifs, protein balls, chocolate rice cakes and healthy chips.
This week, Susie is feeding her twins two wraps with chicken, cucumber, and hummus as their main meal.
The twins will then enjoy some yogurt, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, a satsuma and half a banana for their healthy snacks.
Their ‘treat’ consists of homemade protein balls and healthy chips.
To vary the main meal, Susie said she will also make ham and avocado sandwiches on some days.
On others, she does shredded chicken with avocado and tomatoes or a homemade overnight oat bowl.
The most important thing about this element of the box is that it contains some protein to keep kids full for longer.