THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHILDREN'S LUNCH BOX
It is true indeed that ‘you become what you eat’. And this is much more relevant to the kids compared to adults. Kids require a lot of nourishment and balanced diet because these are the years when they are growing rapidly. At the same time, it is also true that kids will demand unhealthy food but as a responsible parent, you should think what is good for them and what isn’t.
In a kid’s day out, all meals are important but the most important meal is – The Lunch. The kids are very active during the day and they need a lot of energy to get recharged. But in most of the cases, kids are in school during the day and it becomes hard to take care of their nutritional requirements. Usually kids eat from the lunch box or school canteen and these both options are not sufficient for taking care of their diet.
What you can do is – add a supplement to their lunch box, in the form of dry fruits. Dry fruits are rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Also, dry fruits are tasty and fun to eat for the children. So, all you need to do is pack a small ‘Dry Fruit Box’ along with the lunch box.
There are so many good options for dry fruits and you can pack them in a variety of combinations. Apart from Cashew Nuts, Almonds and Pistachio, you can try packing Walnuts, Salted Peanuts, Roasted Sunflower Kernels, Roasted Pumpkin Kernels, Dried Cranberries, Macadamias, Masala Green Peas, and Chestnuts. Also, you can try Dried Guava, Dried Mango, Banana Chips, Apricot Flavour Plum, Dried Pitted Dates, etc. to make it more interesting.
Nutrients in dry fruits and nuts
Almonds: Vitamin E, Calcium, and Dietary Fibres
Apricots: Vitamin A and Dietary Fibres
Cashew Nuts: Vitamin H and Iron
Walnuts: Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Pistachios: Vitamin B6, Minerals, Dietary Fibres, and Proteins
Including dry fruits in the diet of kids is the best way to keep them protected from diseases and seasonal changes. Dry fruits boost healthy growth of skin, hair and teeth. These dry fruits and nuts are way better than the junk food. So, it is important to give the kids something healthy to munch on. Also, kids imitate what the elders do. So, to cultivate a taste for dry fruits and a healthy habit, elders should also have some fruits and nuts regularly in their daily routine.