A mother has divided opinion after sharing a photo of her son’s very healthy school lunch box, which contains salmon, eggs, strawberries, mango, vegetable straws and broccoli.
The Australian woman, named Katie, posted a photo of her son’s kindergarten lunch box on Facebook, before being inundated with comments from other parents saying their children would never eat such a healthy selection of foods.
‘Here we go again. Lunch for my preppy. All ready for week two,’ Katie said next to the lunch photo.
A mother has divided opinion after sharing a photo of her son’s healthy school lunch box, which contains salmon, eggs, strawberries, mango, vegetable straws and broccoli (the lunch in the photo)
Lunch consisted of no added sugar yogurt, hard boiled egg, salmon, cheese, broccoli, crackers, vegetable straws, strawberries, mango and a healthy slice.
While many were quick to compliment Katie’s efforts, writing comments like “this looks good” and “I’m super jealous,” others admitted their kids wouldn’t eat it.
“I am sorry that my dear son would never eat any of that,” one mother wrote. “It would all come home untouched.”
Another added, “My kid would only eat the treats here.”
While a third posted, “Gosh I wish mine would eat that.” Any tips?’
Katie admitted that children are unpredictable and although her own children do eat these foods, he does not eat “meat of any kind, pasta, chicken nuggets, sandwiches with anything other than toppings, rice, pancakes or hot meals.”
“He’s not eating normal food,” she said, adding that “fed is best” and that kids should eat whatever they want if they’re picky.
Previously, dietician Susie Burrell (pictured) shared her best tips for making a healthy lunch box and why it should contain protein, fat, dairy, vegetables, fruit and a treat
Previously, dietician Susie Burrell shared her best tips for making a healthy box lunch.
“Swapping staples like white bread, snack bars, and high-sugar fruit drinks for more nutritious options like whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat snack bars, and low-sugar drinks makes for a much more balanced and nutritious lunchbox,” Susie told FEMAIL.
And if you do want to get them excited about their lunch, one of the easiest ways to make it more appealing is to mix in as many shapes and colors as possible – think brightly colored veggie sticks, sliced fruit, cubed cheese and sandwiches in cut into different shapes.’
The dietician recommends to ‘involve’ children in their lunch box as much as possible, by letting them choose something they want to put in it (a good lunch box in the photo)
Susie’s four-step formula for lunchboxes
1. Sandwich, wrap or salad with some form of protein.
2. Fruit and sliced vegetables.
3. Protein-rich snack such as yogurt or cheese.
4. Something fun or “tasty” like homemade protein balls, healthy chips, or cookies.
Susie recommends getting kids “involved” with their lunchboxes as much as possible by letting them choose something to put in it and decorating and customizing their lunchbox with stickers and art.
“One of the most budget-friendly and easy ways to get kids involved in lunch is to bake at home,” she said.
“Try to make a batch of mini fruit muffins or banana bread every few weeks and freeze it so you always have a tasty, nutritious, budget-friendly snack ready.”
Finally, the dietician shared the ideal lunch box formula you should follow every day for success.
“Stick to a whole grain sandwich or wrap, a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy, and a treat and you’ll always be on the right track with a tasty and nutritionally balanced lunch box,” said Susie.
“Occasional treats go a long way in getting kids excited.”