A school is a child’s second home and spends most of his/her time in school.
You are sitting in class and your stomach is starting to rumble. Finally, the bell rings and it’s time for lunch-woo hoo!
But wait what are you exactly eating? What’s there in your tiffin boxes?
More than other meals, kids have a lot of control over what they eat for lunch at school. A kid can choose to eat the green beans, colorful fruits or throw them out.
Children are more awake and watchful and tend to perform better in school with a full stomach.
Empty stomach can lead to drowsiness and result in less engagement in school activities and less participation.
So, a proper healthy lunch would keep a child more active and which will result in more participation and a healthy and fruitful environment.
Why is it important to eat a rainbow of colors?
A child who takes a wholesome nutritionally adequate meal has been shown to fall sick less often and has improved school attendance.
They are very much influenced by their peer group and eat better in the company of their friends and classmates.
A healthy and adequate meal helps to meet the nutritional needs of the child.
Since children eat better in the company of their peers, tiffin box is a good way to introduce variety in their meals.
Hunger is a distraction all children face. Many studies show the negative effects that hunger has on school-aged children.
A nutritious diet can do more to improve kid’s health.
According to a study report, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants found in fruits promote good health and strengthen a child’s immune system and help fight illness.
Colorful food is always a better snack or part of a meal than processed junk foods, but children should balance colourful foods with vegetable intake too.
An adequate lunch prevents the child from binge on fast food or packaged and processed food available in the school canteen.
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be introduced and incorporated into the diet of children.
A nutritionally adequate and diverse variety in the meal helps in developing a positive attitude towards food since childhood.
Get creative with the lunch so that it attracts the children finish their lunch meals such as:
- Cut food into funny shapes, make faces out of the food and let the children experience different tastes and flavors and textures of food.
- Let them choose what they want to eat for their meal from a chosen group of foods.
It’s tough to please children, especially when it comes to food. Their taste buds are much more enhanced and it is not easy to fool them into liking what they don’t. At the same time, you need to make sure that they’re getting adequate nutrition for steady growth and development. Therefore, packing the perfect lunch box for your child is probably one of the most challenging tasks. It’s easy to run out of ideas when it comes to your kid’s lunch box. Moreover, packing and finding the same stuff day after day can become boring for parents and kids.
However, it’s not that easy because children are stubborn and they like what they like and also it becomes a challenging task to convince them to eat healthy and colorful food that is highly rich in minerals, vitamins, fibre and so on.
Exposure to health messages influenced children to increase their fruit and vegetable intake more than junk food and as colorful food is healthier in all the possible ways for children to improve the concentration power and that results in active participation of children and children are likely to fall less sick.
So, basically as a parent one of the most vital roles they play is to help your children adapting more healthy eating habits.
The best foods are whole fresh and unprocessed. To make sure your kids actually eat well it is important to put in that extra thought while packing lunch for your little eaters who need energy throughout the day.