Grange Park Junior School is a Healthy school. Our lunches are provided by Grange Park Infant caterers and are cooked on site and brought up each day and served from our kitchen. School Meals cost £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week.
School Meals are ordered via Parent Pay where the menu options are available.
Healthy Packed Lunch
The lunchbox your child takes to school should provide as healthy and balanced meal. This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.
A balanced packed lunch should contain:
- starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, and others
- protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans, and others
- a dairy item – this could be cheese or a 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, give children bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. If possible use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread as it is better for children than white bread.
Low-fat snacks for kids
Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw vegetables such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the vegetables in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods that can be spread with low-fat soft cheese, or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.
Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit or dried fruit. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, such as kiwi or melon, if possible. You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.
Making healthier food choices
It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying. You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home as a family.
Reading supermarket food labels can help you buy healthier foods for your child's lunch and family meal times. Save chocolate, cakes and crisps for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new to show your encouragement.