At home, you take care to provide nutritious meals for your kids. But when they are on their own in school, you might not have control over what they eat. Kids are often tempted to spend their allowance money buying chips, soda, and candies, over eating the baon that you have prepared for them. Worse, they might skip eating at all, in favor of more playtime with their friends.
Here are some expert tips to get them to eat healthy and safe food for recess and lunch.
1.Make it pretty. Your child eats with his eyes. Therefore, if the content of his lunch box does not look appetizing, he might look for something else to eat.
2. Separate the sauce. Starch spoils easily, because bacteria target this food group. It would be a good to keep saucy dishes, especially those that that are tomato-based like menudo or kaldereta in a separate leak-free container to prevent spoilage. Another important step in preventing food from spoiling is to keep the lid off the lunch container when the rice and viand are still hot. Let the food cool down before snapping on the lid.
3. Practice portion control. Give him just enough food to last him the day. If he sees too much food in his lunchbox, he will either get turned off or finish everything. If he doesn’t get enough, he might resort to buying unhealthy items. Observe his usual mealtime portions and work from there.
4. Add variety. If he gets sent off with the usual cold cuts or dinner leftovers every single day, he will get tired of it before the first grading ends. Give him something to look forward to at lunch time by packing his favorite food, or alternating rice and ulam with hearty sandwiches.
5. Offer healthy drinks. Augment his healthy lunch with drinks that are healthy too! Milk, like BEAR BRAND Ready-To-Drink, NIDO and chuckie milk chocolate, is a top choice, along with fresh fruit juices. Ready-to-drink chocolate milk like MILO likewise offer body-building nutrients that work to keep him alert and active for the rest of the school day.
6. Make it personal. Add a cheery note to his packed lunch to let your child know that you are thinking of him. Give short inspirational messages that will keep him going until it is time to go home.