This is a repost from my other blog. I refer to this tips when I run out of ideas to perk up the meals I prepare for my big kids.
This tip originally came from a leaflet disseminated by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology.
- Think about you child’s ‘baon’ ahead. Healthy school lunches can be easy when you plan ahead. Plan your kids’ baon a week in advance and give them lots of healthy selections to choose from. This will teach them to develop the habit of making choices for themselves
- Packed lunches should have three or four food groups represented to fuel them through a lot of the school day’s activities, for example,
rice + fried chicken + buttered or boiled vegetables + fruits in season
- Prepare easy-to-pack and carry dishes like fried fish, chicken or pork, or pork adobo, beef tapa, fish/meat omelette, etcetera. Include vegetable or fruit as side dish.
- Use a different sandwich filling each day (tuna, cheese, egg, or chicken). Preferably use whole grain breads and low fat mayonnaise or dressing. Add cut up vegetables like lettuce, tomatoes, pipino (cucumber) for added fiber. Prepare sandwich fillings the day or night before to save time in the busy morning.
- Include milk and fruit juices for beverages. This will help assure your children of a nutritious drink and also save you needless expenses on carbonated beverages. If you include tetra pack fruit juice, keep it in the freezer then put directly in the lunch box – it will have thawed by lunchtime and will keep the rest of the food cool.
- Make sure your child is drinking safe, clean, and enough water.
- Be concerned with food safety when packing lunches. Use thermal/insulated lunch box to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. With a good thermal/insulated lunch box, there is no limit to the delicious, nutritious and safe packed lunches for your kids.
Fish Fillet and Potato Chips
Snack – Fried Banana/Camote
Fruit in Season
Snack – Egg Sandwich
Snack – Boiled Peanuts
Snack -Chicken Sandwich
Fried Chicken/Breaded Pork chop
Fruit in Season
Snack – Fruit in Season