Zi ookWaarom is niet al het bruine brood volkoren?
Bread box with separate compartments
Chef Roberta Bagnier is a mother of two. For years, she’s been making the most festive drumming for her 13-year-old daughter Anna. “I gave her pasta or couscous salad to school, baked healthy muffins and made vegetable skewers. She loved them all.”
“On the other hand, my 5-year-old son Milo shouldn’t know my creative excesses,” she says. “He prefers to eat a sandwich with cheese or peanut butter or apple cider. Give him whole wheat bread and let him pick the toppings himself. Give him freedom, within limits. Forcing your child to eat always has the opposite effect.”
Seidel stresses the importance of involving your children in eating choices. “You’re laying a foundation for the future in young children, so teach them that healthy food is delicious and fun.”
The extra thing doesn’t have to be cake or candy, a sweet little note always pays off.
Roberta Bagnier, Chef
To make school lunches fun, Bagnier uses a bento box for her kids, a lunch box with several sections. “This cylinder is practical, but it also helps make it something warm. The fruit separate, so the bread doesn’t get soggy. The third compartment can be filled with whole-grain crackers, cheese cubes, tomatoes, or sliced fruit or vegetables.”
For all parents who still want to give something extra, the chef has a tip: “It doesn’t have to be cake or dessert. A sweet little note is always a hit.”
Choose water instead of beverage containers
Not only is the food in a regular lunch box unhealthy, this also applies to drinking. Seidel’s research shows that up to 43 percent of children are brought to school with sugary drinks. Seidel: “Drinking cans are seen as easy, but it’s best to teach your child to drink water during the day. This is a healthy and important habit.” Pagnier: “If your child is a difficult drinker, give the water a flavor by adding a slice of raspberry, strawberry, or an orange.”
Finally: How full is the lunch box? If your child eats a good breakfast, he will have less appetite at noon compared to someone who eats little before school. Therefore, the amount of food in the drum varies from one child to another. The time the child gets lunch is also important. Seidel encourages parents to check how much time they have for eating at school. “Many kids have to finish everything in eight minutes. Feel free to discuss this.”
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