Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Healthy Lunchbox Treats for Parents

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Healthy Lunchbox Treats for Parents

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FRASER Coast parents looking to keep their kids focused, alert and active throughout the day should pack a healthy lunch, according tot the National Heart Foundation.

But packing a nutritious lunch for school children, can test even the most creative parents, said National Heart Foundation nutrition manager Deanne Wooden.

aThe biggest challenge mums and dads face is providing a lunch that was not only healthy but also appealing to their child,a Ms Wooden said.

aNo matter how healthy your child's lunch box is, it won't provide any nutritional value if it doesn't get eaten.a

Luckily, achieving a balance between nutritious and tasty foods doesn't need to be difficult, time-consuming, or expensive, Ms Wooden said

aThe key to a healthy lunch is to include a wide variety of foods,a she said.

Ms Wooden said sparking your child's interest in healthy eating, was a good way to get them making healthy choices.

aInvolving kids in food preparation and cooking is fun, it keeps them occupied and it's a great opportunity for them to learn about healthy eating and be exposed to new foods,a she said. …

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