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Healthy Lunch Box

At Flying Kiwi Preschool, we promote healthy eating. We supply morning tea and afternoon tea with a range of fruits and healthy snacks. Our parents need to supply their children's lunch boxes with healthy food.

Children need to eat many different foods to be healthy and to grow. The four main food groups contain a mixture of carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals – all of which children need as they grow.

Vegetables and fruit

Vegetables and fruit provide carbohydrate, fibre, vitamins and minerals and are low in fat. They should be eaten with most meals and are good snack foods.

  • Choose fresh, frozen or canned vegetables and fruit. Buying “in season” vegetables and fruit keeps their costs down.

  • Offer a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables and fruit with the meal or snack.

  • Provide many different coloured vegetables and fruit; for example, tomato or strawberry, broccoli or kiwifruit, carrot or mandarin, eggplant or plum, potato or pear.

Breads and cereals

Children need to eat breads and cereals every day, as these are the best source of energy for the body.

  • These foods include breads, breakfast cereals, rice, noodles and pasta. They provide carbohydrate (which can be an important source of energy and fibre) and some vitamins and minerals.

  • Breads and cereals are healthy snack foods for schoolchildren.

  • Include wholegrain varieties (eg, rolled oats, brown rice or bread with whole grains), as they are higher in fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Milk and milk products

Milk provides energy, protein, and many vitamins and minerals, including calcium. Children and preschoolers need milk and milk products to help build strong bones and teeth.

  • When children are 2 years of age, you can choose to gradually introduce reduced-fat (light blue lid) and low-fat (yellow or green lid) milk and milk products.

  • Encourage children who don’t drink milk to eat other milk products such as yoghurt, low-fat home made fruit smoothies, custard, milky soups, and cheese.

Lean meats, chicken, seafood, eggs, legumes.

These foods all contain protein, which is important for children’s growth. They also contain fat and many different vitamins and minerals – especially iron, which is important for the blood and brain.

  • The body absorbs iron from lean meats, chicken and seafood (ie, from animals) more easily than iron from plants such as legumes.*

  • To help absorb iron, include foods rich in vitamin C with meals. Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially oranges, kiwifruit, tomatoes and broccoli, are rich sources of vitamin C.

  • To reduce the amount of fat, buy lean meat (when possible), cut off any fat you can see from meat and chicken. Children need to eat some fat, but too much can lead to health problems later in life.

  • Limit processed meats, such as luncheon, salami, bacon and ham, as they are usually high in fat and/or salt.

  • Legumes include cooked dried beans, peas and lentils.

Please note: At Flying Kiwi Preschool, NO NUTS. Juice,fruit jellies, lollies,chocolates, and chippies are NOT allowed at our centre. These foods will be politely sent home.

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