Western Leader : February 7th 2012
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Come and see the difference 4171586AE ONE WEEK FREE *Offer applies to 0 to 2 year olds "Bring your child to us and we'll do the rest" Call 836-2500 or email email@example.com We offer: Fun and laughter • Loads of interaction for 0 to 5 year olds • Effective settling in and transition procedures • Very affordable fees • Christian environment • Free nappies for 0 to 2 year olds • Free formula for children aged 6 to 12 months • 20 Hr ECE/WINZ subsidies • Operating hours: 7am - 6pm Open 52 weeks of the year Thinking outside the lunchbox With the start of the school year upon us, 5+ A Day has fun fresh ideas to get mums and dads thinking outside the square when it comes to the kids lunches. 5+ A Day advocate and leading nutritionist, Claire Turnbull, who runs Mission Nutrition and is the nutritionist for Healthy Food Guide Magazine, says school and kindy lunches pro- vide a great opportunity to work more fruit and vegetables into your child s diet, giving the energy and nutrients they need to get the most out of their learning day. Claire suggests a great way to get kids eating more fruit and veg by making them look fun, and involving children in the process of preparing lunches. While kids may be reluctant to eat whole pieces of fruit, they love food they can eat with their fingers, Claire says. Choose colourful fruit and vegetables and chop them up into small bite sized pieces that can be stored in small con- tainers or slipped into sandwiches and wraps. Incorporating fruit and vegetables into lunches doesn t need to be a covert operation, Claire adds. Kids love the oppor- tunity to help mum and dad in the kitchen and they are more likely to eat lunches they have helped make themselves. It s also a great way to teach kids how to make healthy choices. Claire also recom- mends introducing chil- dren to new foods at home first before includ- ing them in their lunchbox. Children are less likely to eat food that is foreign to them, says Claire. By including new food types and styles in fam- ily meals first, children are more likely to eat them when they see it in their school lunches. Here are five fun, tasty and healthy lunchbox ideas that will go some way to achieving 5+ servings of fruit and vegetables during the school day: For a nutritiously packed lunch that maximises brain power, try egg and lettuce wholemeal sandwiches cut into triangles for fun and easy handling. Pack a low fat yoghurt and a small banana -- try draw- ing a face on the skin for some added fun! For a delicious and healthy alternative to sandwiches, a potato frit- tata wedge packed with chopped courgette, onion, corn, spinach, mushroom and/or tomato -- anything goes in this great lunch option. Pop chunks of cheese and cherry tomatoes in a small container for added protein, vitamins and minerals to help your childrens bodies and brains work to their full potential. To complement the frittata, a homemade mini banana bran muffin adds extra fibre to this lunchbox and makes it a great filling snack so that the kids don t run out of steam before the day is out. Finally, add a piece of fruit of your choice to round out the nutrition content. Kids love pizza! Leftover homemade pizza slices with their favourite vegetables such as mushrooms, tom- ato, baby spinach, corn, courgette and onion are always a lunchbox favourite and a great way of getting a few extra vegetables in at lunchtime. Making a wholemeal pizza base will add a little more fibre keeping kids fuller for longer. Add a small container of berries and grapes packed with anti- oxidants. Cucumber sticks make a fresh, healthy addition to this lunchbox combo. Sushi with tuna and avocado along with a handful of carrot sticks makes a tasty lunch pro- viding carbohydrate for brain fuel and a good vit- amin boost. Add strawberries or apple slices for a nutrition boost A wholemeal roll or wrap with ham and cheese, lettuce, grated carrot and cucumber makes a tasty protein packed lunchbox staple and is a fantastic way of adding more vegetables into their day. You can include sliced tomato in a small snap lock bag so the children can add at lunchtime -- this stops the roll going soggy. A pottle of chopped fruit in juice makes a good alternative to fresh fruit. To keep lunches nice and cool, particularly during the warmer months of the year, Claire recommends using a "chilly block" and laying it at the bottom of your child s lunchbox or bag. To make a chilly block simply freeze a small bottle of water and add to the box to keep it chilled or just use a store bought chilly block placed in the freezer the night before. For more fun fresh lunchbox ideas, visit http://www.5aday.co.nz.
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