The Westin Cape Town illustrates how to pack that perfect school lunchbox for your children.
Making sure your kids get the best nutrition possible to help them perform well at school and grow is the intention of every parent and keeping it tasty yet nutritious can be challenging.
According to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, one in four girls and one in five boys between the ages of two and 14 years old are overweight and/or obese. Consequently, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced a sugar tax on sweetened sugar beverages (SSBs), which will come into effect from April 2017.
Foods high in sugar provide an abundance of calories and are low in nutrients. In addition, this high sugar intake leads to dental cavities, obesity and poor nutrition habits that can easily last a lifetime, exposing a person to all sorts of serious lifestyle diseases and conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
“With the rise in awareness around healthy eating, parents are opting for nutritional food options for their children both at home and on the go. The new choices, not only reflects this trend, but also speaks to children’s preferences,” says Grant Cullingworth, Executive Chef at Westin Cape Town.
Although broadening the horizons of your child’s taste buds is definitely challenging, the options for creating a healthy, tasty and nutritious lunchbox for your child are endless. And in using a combination of high-fibre whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, while keeping an eye on the nutrient count of sugar and salt included, you can achieve this in no time.
This awareness has inspired the culinary team at The Westin to collaborate with experts from SuperChefs to develop their SuperFoods menu, made from powerhouse ingredients rich in nutrients, antioxidants and delicious taste so you can start your day feeling recharged.
Quick and easy options for you to include in your child’s lunchbox:
- Almond waffles with strawberries, banana and black cherries.
- A soft-boiled egg with whole-wheat pancake dippers, broccoli and cauliflower.
- Sweet corn and zucchini fritters with slices of grilled chicken.
- Boerewors and lentil meatballs and courgette tagliatelle.
- Fresh fruit cut into quarters with a small natural yoghurt.
- Gluten-free oat and chocolate chip cookies.
Healthy eating habits truly start at home, as children mimic the dietary habits of adults. So this is why it is important for you to spend some time with your kids and try out different snacks – show them how it is prepared and involve them to find the nutritious food that they like themselves.
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