Hints & Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox

DRINK

It is important for kids to stay hydrated throughout the day. Water and milk are the best choices. Straws and brightly coloured drinks bottles can make rehydrating more interesting!

DAIRY

Cheese, milk or yogurt are excellent sources of calcium, which is important for healthy bones and teeth.

PROTEIN

Good sources of protein suitable for lunch include lean meat (e.g. ham, chicken), eggs, cheese or tuna.

STARCHY FOODS

Include bread, rolls or pasta for energy. Wholemeal varieties are best as they are higher in fibre (for healthy digestion).

FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

Consider choosing smaller pieces of different coloured fruit such as grapes, cherry tomatoes and raisins to keep it interesting and easy to eat.

Why is dairy important?

As kids grow they need plenty of calcium to help keep bones and teeth healthy. Children aged 4 to 10 years need between 450mg and 550mg of calcium per day.

What is the nutritional difference between Cheestrings and ‘normal cheese’?

Nutritionally, Cheestrings compares very well with ‘normal cheese’. It contains less total fat and about 30% less saturated fat compared to a standard cheddar cheese. It also contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Nutritional Information Standard full fat cheddar (20g) Cheestrings
Calories 83kcal 61kcal
Total fat 7g 4.5g
Saturates 4.3g 2.8g
Sugars 0g 0g
Salt 0.4g 0.4g

Why is vitamin D important?

Cheestrings and Yollies are a rich source of Vitamin D, which is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because the body makes it through the action of sunlight on the skin. Due to the lack of sunshine in the UK and Ireland it is a good idea to eat foods that are fortified with Vitamin D, which is essential to help our bodies absorb calcium from food and drink and is really important for healthy bones.

How can I make sure Tha t my kid is eating enough calcium?

A 7 to 10 year old child needs 550mg of calcium per day and 11 to 18 years old need almost twice as much (1000mg). A serving of milk, cheese and yogurt is a great way for them to meet daily calcium requirements. Each Cheestring is made with a glass of milk (180 ml). Both Yollies and Cheestrings are a brilliant source of calcium and taste great.

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