Why you should include a Sandwich in the Lunchbox

Back to School!! Which means back to early mornings, the early morning traffic, getting uniforms ready, making lunches, and the rest of the commotion. But ensuring your children have a nutritious lunch can be stressful and hard at times, however did you know how nutritious a normal sandwich containing cheese, ham and lettuce really is?

Yes, a nutritional lunch is key for growth and development of your children and a Cheese, Ham and Lettuce Sambo will pack a nutritious one!

A Healthy Lunchbox:

  • 2 Slices White Bread
  • 2 tsp low fat butter
  • 1 Slice of Cheese
  • 3 Slices of Ham
  • 25g Lettuce

-> Add 200ml of Milk and 2 Mandarins for a fully nutritious lunch.

The sandwich alone provides your child with protein (81%), fibre (14%), calcium (53%), iron (22%), folic acid (38%) among more nutrients. Percentages represent the nutrient intake of RDA of a six-year-old child.

The overall lunchbox provides your child with energy (437kcals), calcium (100%), vitamin C (100%), vitamin B1 (86%), vitamin B2 (87%), vitamin B12 (100%), vitamin A (41%), omega 3 (33%) and omega 6 (30%) of their Recommended Daily Intake of nutrients.

With the combination of all these nutrients, you will be sure to be fuelling the healthy growth, development and lifestyle of your child.

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Breakfast Suggestion: HoMeMaDe MuEsLi

This is great for those that are in a rush in the morning and never have time to dedicate to making their breakfast. I for one, feel your pain. I would rather choose those extra few minutes in bed in the morning (especially those cold ones!) than making a decent breakfast!

But I love this recipe! Quick, easy, handy, nutritious and prevents those, like me, from skipping the most important meal of the day, BREAKFAST!

Make the night before to avoid missing those extra minutes in bed or simply for an on-the-move breakfast or lunch that you can grab in the morning and bring with you.

HOME-MADE MUESLI

You will need:
☑350g jumbo oats
☑200g mixed nuts
☑50g of each sunflower & pumpkin seeds
☑100g dried apricot
☑100g dried apple
☑Yoghurt or milk to serve

NOTE: Change up the nuts and dried fruit mixes to match your own taste.

How?
• Roast the jumbo oats in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
• Remove from baking dish and allow to cool in a bowl.
• Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
• Store in an air tight container in the fridge and serve covered in milk or yoghurt.
•You can also leave the muesli soaked in the milk or yoghurt over night for a creamy texture muesli.

Fruit of the Day 4: Apples!! (“)

Apples are probably the most common fruit (or at least the oldest?), however today I decided they were well worth a mention. Apples are packed full of nutrition that provide many health benefits! They are also delicious to taste and come in loads of different varieties’ :)🍎🍏🍎

Apples contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. These minerals aid healthy bones and can prevent the development of osteoporosis which can develop especially in older women.

Polyphenols are also found in apples and have great health benefits such as anti-aging. These polyphenols also have a role in fat management and can help the maintainance of weight or aid weight loss. Polyphenols in apples reduce LDL cholesterol and lower plasma total, therefore help our cardiovascular systems and reduce chance of developing lung cancer and asthma.

An average apple contains approx. 17% dietary fibre. Fibre contains properties that aid digestion and weight loss and also reduce cholesterol and the slow release of energy helps in blood sugar regulation.

Not only are apples good for our bones, cardiovascular system and digestion system but eating an apple could also mean whiter teeth :D, prevent development of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, help prevent development of cancers, diabetes and gallstones, control irritable bowel syndrome, aid towards a healthier heart, boost your immune system and detoxify your liver!

With all these benefits, why wouldn’t you like apples ???