Do your children take lunch boxes to school? Do you find it difficult to come with the healthy options?
With the start of the school year looming in the very near future, nutritionist Azmina Govindji put together some ideas for the lunchbox swaps.
1. Trade a regular bag of crisps for Popchips, they are literally popped with heat and pressure, so there's no fat used in frying and kids will love them (ahem, not just kids. After I reviewed Popchips a couple of months ago, I have been regularly buying them for myself, I am particularly addicted to the BBQ flavour).
2. Go for squeezy yoghurts over ice cream for a good fix of calcium and protein.
3. Leave the chocolate on the shelf and opt for jaffa cakes as a lighter sweet treat.
4. Stir up a calcium-rich milkshake and forget those sugary soft drinks! (that's better for the after school treat).
For two big glasses of milkshake you will need a glass and one third of semi-skimmed milk, a small tub of fromage frais or yogurt, a handful of blueberries, one small banana, a small scoop of vanilla ice cream (Haagen Dazs is the best, but we also love the Cornish style ice cream). Put all the ingredients in the blender and whizz well. Serve at once. If you use fromage frais, the milkshake will be creamier in consistency and slightly sweeter. If you prefer to use the yogurt, the taste will have a sharp note. Experiment with different yogurts and ice cream, add strawberries or raspberries instead of blueberries.
5. Choose low fat cheese spread as a source of calcium and protein over processed meat, which can be higher in salt.
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