New website inspires parents to create healthy lunchboxes

New website inspires parents to create healthy lunchboxes

KEEPING school meals healthy but interesting is a challenge for mum Emily-Rose Braithwaite.

She packs lunch boxes for daughters Megan, nearly five, and Lara, 10, who both go to St Kevin’s Primary School in Dee Why.

But a new website launched by the Cancer Council is helping parents send their children to school with exciting food that ticks all the boxes for nutrients.

media_cameraCancer Council Healthy lunchbox

Website includes recipes, ideas and tips plus an interactive lunch box builder that enables parents and their kids to plan.

According to the charity, one in three cancer casescould have been prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy weight.

But only seven per cent of NSW children eat enough vegetables and 22 per cent of children are overweight or obese.

Mrs Braithwaite said the website was simple and inspiring.

“Although we do eat well at home, I struggle with the variety and how to make it easy,” she said.

“I am also often quite time poor so although I like to prepare lunches in the evenings, it doesn’t always happen.

media_cameraMum Emily-Rose Braithwaite said the website was simple and inspiring. Picture: Adam Yip

“The Healthy Lunch Box website guides you to prepare quick and easy meals but still include items from all five food groups.

“I used to Google kids lunch ideas but I could never find anything this simple.”

Cancer Council NSW Metro Sydney regional manager Jessica Green said parents wanted quick and easy access to healthy recipes and inspiration on how to vary lunch box contents.

“With one child eating about 2500 lunches throughout their years at school, many parents report that packing lunch boxes can be a chore, especially when it comes to getting kids enthusiastic about healthy options such as fruit and vegetables,” she said.