KIDS need to start adopting healthy nutrition habits at an early age.
To help, the Nestlé for Healthier Kids schools initiative was launched, partnered with the Department of Basic Education, to promote health and wellbeing among Mzansi children.
Naazneen Sali-Ameen, Nestlé health and wellness manager, shares top tips:
Just like reading and writing, children need to be taught about nutrition including the food groups and the essential nutrients each supplies.
“It is important to encourage your child to eat a variety from the five different food groups in the right amounts.”
Get them involved
Your kids need to know how to make informed choices and decisions so teach them about food when you make school lunches.
If you have a garden, get your kids to grow and harvest their own vegetables.
Great winter veggies you can plant are cauliflower, broad beans and snap peas.
“Healthy lunchboxes make sure that your children get essential nutrients and the recommended kilojoules to sustain their energy levels, alertness and focus during the school day.”
Keep it interesting
Thinking of lunch box ideas can be intimidating but if you make a list what to include from each of the five food groups as well as snacks and treats, you’ll find out that there are so many delicious options to keep lunch time exciting.
What food to include
Starch: Bread, rice, potatoes or pasta. You can use brown, whole grain or seeded bread or rolls, rice or corncakes, whole grain crackers or leftover pap. Pita wraps, English muffins and tortilla wraps also make a nice change.
Dairy: Sugar-free yoghurt, cheese or milk. Make sure they are chilled in a cooler bag or next to a frozen water bottle.
Veggies and fruit: Carrot sticks, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes or strawberries, apple slices, banana, grapes and pineapple.
In an age of watching screens, getting kids off the couch and moving is essential for a developing body and mind. Kids need at least 60 minutes of exercise and play a day. Find opportunities that will get kids outside.