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1.12: Healthy Lunch Policy:

As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E) Programme, we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes.

Aims:

Objectives:

 

Lunch is an important meal for school-going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat, sugar of salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage).
The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks.
Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend, but some find it difficult to come up with popular healthy alternatives. We ask you to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start.

The following guide is designed to help you provide quick, appetising, and nutritious lunches for your children.

 

Bread & Alternatives                                                Savouries

Bread or rolls, preferably wholemeal                          Lean Meat
Rice – wholegrain                                                       Chicken/Turkey
Pasta – wholegrain                                                      Tinned Fish e.g.,
Potato Salad                                                                Tuna/Sardines
Potato Salad                                                                Cheese
Wholemeal Scones                                                        Quiche
Egg                                                        

 

Fruit & Vegetables                                                    Drinks

Apples, Banana, Peach                                               Milk
Mandarins, Orange segments,                                     Fruit juices
Fruit Salad, dried fruit,                                               Squashes, i.e. low sugar         
Plum, Pineapple cubes                                                Yoghurt
Grapes,                                                           
Cucumber, Sweetcorn
Tomato,                      
Coleslaw.

 

Foods not allowed in school:
Cereal bars
Crisps and Popcorn
Fizzy drinks/Sparkling Water
Sweets
Chocolate biscuits/Bars
Chocolate

 

 

A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:

          Fats
                              Sugar                                            
                                   Sweets etc.,      -     Sparingly

                                          Meat, Fish             -        2 portions per day
                                       Peas/Beans  

                                Milk, Cheese, Yoghurt    -               3+ portions per day

                            Fruit & Vegetables  …        -                     4+ portions per day

Bread, Cereals & Potatoes       -                         6+ portions per day