Place colours in lunchbox
WITH the school year in full swing, cookbook author Annette Sym wants parents to think outside the box when it comes to packing their kids' lunches.
A nightly dilemma for many mums and dads, packing healthy lunches can be easy according to Ms Sym.
"Make sure there are at least three colours in the school lunchbox," she said.
"That way you know it includes fruit or vegetables."
St Joseph's home economics teacher Yvette Giannake said her students have been learning to make smart food choices.
"We spend time developing skills which enable students to work safely in the kitchen to prepare healthy snacks and school lunches," she said.
"Unfortunately, some students still make poor choices, but parents and carers can help by limiting the availability of unhealthy options at home."
St Joseph's Primary School tuckshop convenors Julie Spiller and Tracey Grenier try to encourage healthy eating at lunch time, providing items such as fresh sandwiches, fresh fruit and yoghurts.
According to Ms Sym, a little extra consideration can go a long way to improving children's health.
"It's very tempting for busy parents to take the easy option and give their child packaged foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt and offer little fibre," she said.
"It might save time, but packaged food is expensive... plus there is a potential health cost.
"It's also a great idea to encourage kids to be actively involved in making their own lunches."
Annette Sym has a free healthy eating guide available online at symplytoogood.com.au.