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Healthy Eating

At St Nicholas we encourage everyone to eat well and to keep physically fit.  Healthy eating and fitness programmes are part of our curriculum and our new Fitness Council, made up of children across the school,  meet regularly to review how well we are doing.
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We ask that, where children have a packed lunch no sweets, chocolate bars or sugary drinks are included.  We request that crisps are limited to Fridays only. We also encourage at least one piece of fruit and water to drink.  Please support our school policy as we aim for a healthy diet and to give a consistent message. 

It is important that a lunchbox provides a healthy, balanced lunch. This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.

You can learn the healthy foods basics in Good food and diet.

Packing the lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
  • Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches try bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Get ideas for healthy starchy foods.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them houmous or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.

Unsalted nuts are a great snack food for children to have at home but we do not allow nuts in school due to many children with severe allergies. 

Here are more ideas for healthy food swaps.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.


See the links below for lunchbox ideas. 

ideas for healthy packed lunches

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