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    • Encourage healthy eating for the whole family
    • Do not buy foods you do not want your child to eat
    • Keep a stock of healthy snacks close to hand for your children
    • Practice what you preach – children will mimic parents eating habits.
    • Encourage regular meals – turn off the television during mealtimes
    • Health eating and exercise go hand in hand – Encourage every member of the family to exercise more


    Remember when packing a lunchbox to choose something from each of the four main food groups to ensure that a wide range of nutrients are on offer. An ideal lunch would contain some bread or cereal food, some fruit or vegetables, some milk/yoghurt and a protein rich food from the meat group

Some ideas from Bord Bia for a healthy lunch box or nutritious snack options
for your children

Super Sandwich

Choose from: rolls, bread, baps, pitta breads,
Croissants, crispbread, crackers

Fill with: thinly sliced beef, lamb or pork, cooked ham, chicken,
turkey, tuna, grilled rashers, sliced sausages, pate, Spanish omelette,
hard-boiled eggs, roasted peppers, grated cheese,
cream cheese, tomatoes, lettuce….

Mix with: mayonnaise, chutney, curry paste…..

Have fun trying out different combinations

Fruit Fun

Fresh Fruit – apples, bananas, pears, mandarins
Plums or grapes
Dried Fruit – apricots, raisins etc.


Try milk, unsweetened fruit juice, smoothie, yoghurt drink
flavoured milk drink

Healthy Snacks

How about yoghurts, cheese cubes, stick of
Celery or carrots, popcorn, rice cakes, cartons of
Rice pudding or custard.

Variety is the spice of life and the key to healthy eating