Skip to main content

8 tips for your toddler’s lunchbox

  1. Include foods from all the core food groups; wholegrain breads and cereals, lean meat or a vegetarian alternative, fruits, vegetables, and dairy (milk, yoghurt or cheese). 
  2. Make lunchbox foods quick and easy to eat. Toddlers have far more exciting things to do than eat. If children can’t get to their food quickly, then it’s likely to go uneaten. 
  3. Avoid too many processed, individually packaged foods. These can be an expensive way to fill lunchboxes, and the rubbish doesn’t do the environment any favours either. 
  4. Keep food safe. Food needs to be kept cool to prevent harmful bacteria developing and ideally it should be eaten within four hours (if not refrigerated). One solution is to put a frozen tub of yoghurt or milk drink in the lunchbox. It helps to keep it cool plus it can then be used as a healthy snack once thawed. Insulated lunch bags are also a good idea or you can use a frozen esky brick. 
  5. Don’t add ‘treat foods’ to your toddler’s lunch just for excitement. Instead include a special note or picture, a sticker, or use a cookie cutter to make sandwiches more fun.
  6. Once your little ones are old enough, involve them in packing their own lunch. Let them choose between two or three different healthy snack options. 
  7. Offer variety. There is nothing worse than seeing the same sandwich day after day! Increased variety also means a greater variety of nutrients.
  8. Prepare lunchboxes the night before to avoid that last-minute rush if you have a preschool day or an appointment.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Melbourne Earthquake?

Image extracted from The Age Was it an earthquake just now? Updates:  4.5 earthquake rocked south Victoria (near Moe) at July 20, 2012 7:11pm News Update:  News.com.au  or ninemsn  or The Age .

Brivis Heater - Error Code #69

My Brivis HX23 Heater broke down this week.  H01 Code #69.  This code was not even listed in the User Manual!  Searching around the web and here is what I found: Secret Reset: This is not in the User Manual.  On the networker controller press FUNCTION > 1 > 4 keys and the screen will go blank and come back on after 30 seconds, this has rebooted the main PCB and reset the fault code. Use this with caution as too much gas build up could cause an explosion. Use it only after the unit has enough time to air out the gas build up. What is Code #69 or any other unpublished codes?  The best way to find out is to open up the heater unit.   There is a little LCD on the PCB showing what error exactly is. (Note: Opening up the unit may void your warranty.)

Restricted enrolment schools (Melbourne Eastern Region)

Due to facility limitations, Eastern Metropolitan Region has a number of schools with enrolments restricted in various ways. These schools are not required to enrol students outside their neighbourhood area unless they have spare places. They are referred to as having an enrolment ceiling and/or a designated neighbourhood area (formerly known as zones).  Any additional students must be enrolled strictly according to Department of Education and Early Childhood Development priority criteria. SCHOOLS WITH AN APPROVED ENROLMENT UNDERSTANDING Designated Neighbourhood Area In some instances the Regional Director may need to restrict new enrolments at a particular school and will therefore specifically designate the neighbourhood area (formerly referred to as a zone).  Children who live outside the Designated Neighbourhood Area cannot be guaranteed a place at that school even if it is their closest neighbourhood school.  The the following schools have an apporved Designated Nei