One of the great mysteries of school life is the idea of the ‘balanced lunch box’.
At John Colet, the ‘lunch box’ is broken into pre-packed ‘morning tea’ and ‘sit-down lunch’ in our dining hall.
There are currently four core items of food needed for this balance. It is also generally advised to add one other to the earlier ‘morning tea’ meal for the active child.
Firstly, the drink; water is advised as the best choice for hydration and digestion. Milk can be added as the next best choice, as long as it is in conjunction with water. A hydrated brain means a more alert child for afternoon learning.
Secondly we come to the ‘snack’ (morning tea) – a slice of fruit or vegetable, wholegrain crackers and cheese. Items like sugary biscuits, muesli bars, chocolate covered or highly salted snacks, only sets a small child up for an insulin crash later in the day.
Thirdly, the ‘main meal’ (sit down lunch) is always fruit with a plate of food that incorporates vegetables, proteins and grains. These may be pasta, salads, sandwiches, soups or Mexican beans etc. We always try to ‘mix it up’ over the week so as not to add too much untoward pressure on you or your child.
Finally, it is recommended that you add an extra snack for the very active child or just the active days. These are usually for the afternoon and include low sugar fruit bars, wholegrain crackers with spread or even a small packet of savoury biscuits.
All that said; always remember a ‘King’s breakfast’ is the best attack for any child’s day...or adults for that matter!
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PACK A PLATE, BOWL AND CUP EVERY DAY.
Also, on Fridays PISA students need to bring a packed lunch.