Nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton shares her tips for ‘back to school’ healthy lunchboxes
As children go back to school, naturopath and nutritional therapist Caroline Peyton has some tips about healthy lunchboxes for students. And their parents. So here’s Peyton’s 5 Healthy Lunchbox Principles!
“During lockdown, many of us got out of the habit of making lunchboxes. And some of our eating hasn’t been the healthiest for a whole range of reasons. Not least because of the initial rush on supermarkets and panic buying.
“Now children are back to school and parents back to work, it’s a good time to think about quick and easy solutions when it comes to the lunchbox.
With all these suggested dishes it’s important to consider plenty of protein to help keep your child full and able to concentrate through the afternoon.
“At the same time, choosing wholegrains not refined (white) and adding vegetables helps to provide fibre and keep blood sugar stable. This also helps to keep children focused, calm and energized through the day.”
Caroline’s top 5 tips – Peyton’s 5 Healthy Lunchbox Principles
- For an older child hot soup in a flask is a welcome lunch during the colder months. Consider a lentil soup or a vegetable soup with added mixed beans.
- Wholemeal pasta with tuna, sweetcorn and a tomato sauce (look for lower sugar versions). You can make enough for two consecutive days and keep in the fridge. Children love this cold. Look for wheat free pasta versions like chickpea or lentil too.
- Wholemeal pitta bread with a little cream cheese, chicken slices, tinned salmon, tofu (vegan) or hard-boiled egg and cucumber or other salad.
- Oat or sweet potato wraps with a variety of fillings like above.
- Frittata is an Italian style egg dish cooked with potatoes, cheese, herbs, tomatoes and any vegetables you have to hand. This tends to be a cold dish and makes a very nutritious and filling lunch.
About Caroline Peyton
Caroline is an established and leading naturopath and nutritional therapist in Swindon and the Cotswolds.
She runs clinics in Swindon, Cirencester and Kempsford. This year she celebrated her 10th business anniversary. To find out more visit https://www.peytonprinciples.com