At Coombe Hill we encourage those pupils bringing in a packed lunch to make sure it is full of healthy choices that will keep them full up until the end of the day.
Why are healthy lunches important?
A healthy lunch provides children with the key nutrients needed for the day – those that eat a healthy lunch will maintain a higher nutrient intake throughout the day compared to those who don’t.
When provided with these valuable nutrients, children become more attentive. Children who eat nutritious meals and are active will have a higher performance level in school. Healthy foods boost energy; children will be less tired and able to retain more information.
This is beneficial for both us and our pupils as we want them to gain as much from their lessons as possible.
Government guidelines for packed lunches:
One portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables or salad to be included daily
Meat, fish or a non-dairy protein source should be included daily
Oily fish, like salmon, should be included at least once every three weeks
A starchy food, such as bread or pasta or rice, should be included every day
Dairy foods such as milk, cheese or yoghurt (or non-dairy equivalent) should be included every day
Pupils should have access to free, fresh drinking water at all times
Packed lunches should include water, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, or yogurt drinks and smoothies
Snacks such as crisps should not be included
Sweet treats such as chocolate bars or chocolate-coated biscuits should not be included.
You can find out more about healthy lunch boxes including recipe ideas on the Change 4 Life website.