This is what the PERFECT lunch box looks like: the doctor shares the healthy pre-school meal she packs for her three-year-old daughter
- The doctor shares exactly the food that she packs in her toddler daughter’s lunch box
- Dr. Preeya Alexander made lamb kofta, wholemeal wraps, cheese and apricots
- She advised toddlers to eat 2.5 servings of vegetables per day
An Australian doctor has shared the exact food she packs in her three-year-old daughter’s lunch box for kindergarten.
Dr. Preeya Alexander, a Melbourne physician, prepared lamb kofta, whole-grain soft wraps, bite-sized cheese, apricot squares, and barbecue corn for her toddler girl who she nicknamed “Miss S” on Monday.
The mother of two also added fresh produce to the box, including farm-grown cherry tomatoes, which were cut in half and sliced apple cucumber.
An Australian doctor has shared the exact food she packs in her toddler daughter’s lunch box for kindergarten – including lamb kofta, wholemeal wraps and sliced vegetables
Dr. Preeya Alexander (photo) said the recommendation for three-year-old children is two and a half servings of vegetables a day to reduce the risk of childhood obesity
What makes a healthy lunch box?
Bread and breakfast cereals: All types of bread – whole grain, multigrain, white, pita bread or other flat bread, fruit bread. Rice, pasta, cracker bread or crispbreads, rice crackers.
fruit: Fresh whole fruit or sliced. Dried fruit mix, canned fruit.
Vegetables: Vegetable pieces as a snack such as cherry tomatoes, sweet pepper bars, snow peas, small corn cob or baby corn spears. Carrot, celery and cucumber sticks. Salad vegetables or cabbage salad in a sandwich.
Dairy: Skimmed milk, cheese or yogurt.
Lean meat, fish, poultry, egg, nuts and legumes: Cold meat or chicken. Canned fish such as salmon, tuna or sardines. Boiled eggs, baked beans or hommus.
Source: Food Australia
‘For a Miss S child – three years old – the recommendation is for two and a half servings of vegetables per day; to reduce the risk of childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases, “the doctor said on her Instagram page called The Wholesome Doctor.
‘A serve is a cup of raw vegetables (such as here) or half a cup of cooked vegetables. I also try to sneak in vegetables with snacks to get in as much as possible (green beans, celery or carrot with a dip, for example. ‘
For morning tea, she served her daughter banana, yogurt, and cheese stalk.
With modern schools succumbing to strict health guidelines, Dr. Alexander – who publishes medical insight on her social media account – shared her lunchbox ideas online.
Last week she shared a photo of her daughter’s lunch box. The photo showed a homemade pizza – ham, pineapple, fresh tomatoes, chopped baby spinach, cheese and tomato puree based on whole grain.
“Miss S is involved in making the pizza, choosing the rainbows and we eat the same stuff during the meal so that everyone has rainbow bellies,” Dr. said. Alexander.
Last week she shared another photo of her daughter’s lunch box, with homemade pizza, cucumber, cheese and olive sticks and a cookie
What every food group is good for
Bread and breakfast cereals: Carbohydrate source, an important energy source for the brain and body.
fruit: Contains a lot of vitamins and fiber. Try to include one to two servings of fruit per day.
Vegetables: Good source of fiber and vitamins.
Dairy: Main source of calcium. Take a portion in the lunch box every day.
Lean meat, fish, poultry egg, nuts and legumes: Proteins for growing bodies.
She suggested that homemade pizzas were the best way for parents to increase the vegetarian content for their children.
The box also contained ‘party sticks’ that were cut into cucumber, cheese and olives and a cookie.
‘Party sticks are mentioned by myself to make it fun. Miss S is crazy about olives. You could put everything on this, “she said.
Dr. Alexander said her daughter loved her food so much that she returned home with an “almost empty” lunch box.
“Whatever your child likes (pizza and olives in our case) use it – and vegetables, pack it – that’s my motto,” she said.
‘I am very aware that this stuff is not easy, but this is how I give it a crack and makes it fun in our house. Nothing special, no rabbit-shaped or rocket-shaped quiches – if I could, I would, but only a few rainbows in a lunch box, “she said.