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Healthy eating tips

Trying to get the family eating healthy can be a challenge at the best of times. From trying to hide broccoli in their dinner to arguing the benefits of Weetabix with an 8 year old, healthy foods can be a daunting task parents just dont have the time to overcome, but the benefits to your child's health are incalculable. So here are some of our best tips to get your family to eat the right way.

Healthy Eating Tips

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


Healthy Lunch Boxes

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 Bordbia 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.

Thirsty?

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!