As a parent, you’re always concerned and likely to be familiar with natural worries on your child’s health and safety.
But there’s no need to be over excited – there are plenty of simple and straightforward ways, you can help your child to live a healthy and sustainable life.
You can start with his or her breakfast plates or your child’s lunchbox!
Here are our top tips for making sure your children are staying healthy while at school or home.
Fill it up
Fill up your child’s lunchbox with nutritious goodies, such as carrot sticks and hummus, plenty of fruit, sandwiches with wholemeal bread, and crackers – just to name a few of the many options.
If your child has lots of nutritious snacks available, they’re less likely to want to indulge in their friends’ sugary treats!
Wrap it right
Are you worried about chemicals that may be present in plastic wraps and containers? Using products such as reusable sandwich wraps will make sure your child’s lunch stays fresh and healthy.
As a bonus, you’ll generate less rubbish and you won’t have to keep buying disposable plastic wrap!
It’s a win-win situation for your child’s health and safety. , your wallet and the environment.
Make them eat slowly!
Encourage your children to eat slowly. A child can detect hunger and fullness better when they eat slowly. Before offering a second helping or serving, ask your child to wait at least 15 minutes to see if they are truly still hungry. This will give the brain time to register fullness. Also, that second helping should be much smaller than the first. And if possible, load that second helping with more veggies.
Water it down
Consider buying stainless steel drink bottles for you and your family.
Having a safe, stainless steel drink bottle means you avoid any chemicals that may leach from plastic and you’ll no longer have to put up with that nasty plastic taste!
You also won’t have to waste money buying throwaway bottles which are detrimental to the environment.
Making sure your child always has water on hand is also a sneaky solution for keeping them from hydrating themselves with sugary soft drinks.