According to the Governments nutritional standards, a childs lunch should contain at least one portion each of fruit and veg, protein (meat or alternative), dairy products and starchy food, such as bread or pasta. But a recent survey found that nine out of ten children still take packed lunches to school that contain too much saturated fat, sugar and salt. The Healthy Lunchbox is full of suggestions and ideas to help you provide your child with an appetising and appealing meal each day. It will explain why many lunchboxes are unhealthy. What a healthy lunch should consist of. What size of portions children and adults of different ages should have. It makes suggestions about seasonality, variety and how to encourage children to experiment. It tells you how to personalize their lunchbox and make it special. How to adapt a lunchbox for different age groups. How to get over childrens fears of being different. How to dealing with the reluctant or fussy eater and the overweight. Dealing with pester power. How to get kids involved in making their own lunchbox. What children from other countries take to school and lunchbox notes. Finally it gives the plan for a week's meals on the basis of one or two shopping expeditions, and a table with a months suggestions for lunch boxes, as well as food safety and food hygiene.
Fiona Becket is an award-winning food and wine writer who has been the Guild of Food Writers Food Journalist of the Year and has been shortlisted for both the Glenfiddich and the Lanson Awards. She is currently wine writer for The Guardian, a contributing editor to Decanter magazine and to the artisanal food magazine, Fork. She has written many successful books including Beyond Baked Beans: Real Food for Students.