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    What do you put in your little'ns lunch box??

    Just curious as someone mentioned to me that I might be putting too much in my kid's lunch box. He's 6 and usually has a ham salad sandwich (1 slice of bread), a mini scotch egg, a cheese stick, a pot of grapes and strawberries cut up, a frube yoghurt thingy, a bag of crisps (although just cut those out since worrying) and a treat something (either a chewy bar or a mince pie, or a flapjack etc..)

    He does it it all usually and he is defo not overweight but I'm worried he might become overweight.
    What do you give them??

    Oh, and my 3 year old has pretty much the same....just not the crisps

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    Hi Hannah, that does seem a lot. I give my daughter (aged a sandwich, a packet of crisps, raisins and a yogurt. Sometimes I change the raisins for carrots or a cheese string. However I have just started giving her raisins. I was giving her a sandwich, crisps and yogurt before

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    Ah so I need to leave something else out then really.....perhaps stop doing the cheese too then?

    I give my daughter sandwich,1 piece of fruit, cheese string & yoghurt tube (shes4). They cant have any crisps or biscuits,choc and I sometimes find it hard to give her a variety as she is very fussy

    hannah19790;7021208

    Ah so I need to leave something else out then really.....perhaps stop … Ah so I need to leave something else out then really.....perhaps stop doing the cheese too then?



    Its up to you hun, but the cheese good for calcium - how about not putting in the treat? The yogurt is my daughters sweet element of her lunch

    4lyons09;7021227

    I give my daughter sandwich,1 piece of fruit, cheese string & yoghurt … I give my daughter sandwich,1 piece of fruit, cheese string & yoghurt tube (shes4). They cant have any crisps or biscuits,choc and I sometimes find it hard to give her a variety as she is very fussy



    Same at my daughters school - they are now allowed choc or cakes

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    bargainhunter2009;7021228

    Its up to you hun, but the cheese good for calcium - how about not … Its up to you hun, but the cheese good for calcium - how about not putting in the treat? The yogurt is my daughters sweet element of her lunch



    Yh, I did think about taking that out but I sometimes feel like everything he eats is healthy and he deserves a treat.......but I think ur right, I'll stop giving him a treat from now on..................and I tell him u told me to:lol:

    I would be happy that my child eats ! as long as he is running around and burning it off i don't see a problem. I would cut out the treat though, especially as he is having fruit and a yogurty thing! a lot of sugars going on there.

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    4lyons09;7021227

    I give my daughter sandwich,1 piece of fruit, cheese string & yoghurt … I give my daughter sandwich,1 piece of fruit, cheese string & yoghurt tube (shes4). They cant have any crisps or biscuits,choc and I sometimes find it hard to give her a variety as she is very fussy



    At our school they're not allowed sweets or choc although I think they can have things like penguins.....my son usally choices a flapjack or something tho so don't have to worry too much....think I'll cut that ou nowt tho:thumbsup:

    hannah19790;7021266

    At our school they're not allowed sweets or choc although I think they … At our school they're not allowed sweets or choc although I think they can have things like penguins.....my son usally choices a flapjack or something tho so don't have to worry too much....think I'll cut that ou nowt tho:thumbsup:



    How about flapjack or yogurt? He prob doesnt need both :thumbsup: You could change it around

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    queenlush;7021265

    I would be happy that my child eats ! as long as he is running around and … I would be happy that my child eats ! as long as he is running around and burning it off i don't see a problem. I would cut out the treat though, especially as he is having fruit and a yogurty thing! a lot of sugars going on there.



    Oh I thought the fruit and yogurt were good:? Too sugary?? What u reckon I should put in? Obviously a sarny.....what else u think?

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    bargainhunter2009;7021281

    How about flapjack or yogurt? He prob doesnt need both :thumbsup: You … How about flapjack or yogurt? He prob doesnt need both :thumbsup: You could change it around



    Yh good idea:thumbsup:

    I am always being told I send my kids with too much as well Hannah but so long as they come back with an empty lunch box its probably ok

    hannah19790;7021285

    Oh I thought the fruit and yogurt were good:? Too sugary?? What u reckon … Oh I thought the fruit and yogurt were good:? Too sugary?? What u reckon I should put in? Obviously a sarny.....what else u think?



    Fruit and yogurt are good!

    I wish you made my lunch, sounds great! But maybe a bit too much for a young'un.

    hannah19790;7021285

    Oh I thought the fruit and yogurt were good:? Too sugary?? What u reckon … Oh I thought the fruit and yogurt were good:? Too sugary?? What u reckon I should put in? Obviously a sarny.....what else u think?



    They aren't bad sugars really, but if he will eat fruit then i would use that as his sweet treat. Not much you can give a six year old really is there? Will he eat wraps? They are slightly healthier than bread. Mini pitta pockets maybe?

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    fireheaven;7021300

    I am always being told I send my kids with too much as well Hannah but so … I am always being told I send my kids with too much as well Hannah but so long as they come back with an empty lunch box its probably ok


    lol see that's what I thought, and he is ery active but a dinnerlady (friend too) told me that they have to eat all their lunch b4 they're allowed to get down:lol:

    bargainhunter2009;7021302

    Fruit and yogurt are good!


    Good, but a bit sugary? Not too much of them ?

    Trickyjabs;7021311

    I wish you made my lunch, sounds great! But maybe a bit too much for a … I wish you made my lunch, sounds great! But maybe a bit too much for a young'un.



    lol thank u, it's funny coz I never thought about it b4, yep, decided, defo cutting down:thumbsup:

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    queenlush;7021340

    They aren't bad sugars really, but if he will eat fruit then i would use … They aren't bad sugars really, but if he will eat fruit then i would use that as his sweet treat. Not much you can give a six year old really is there? Will he eat wraps? They are slightly healthier than bread. Mini pitta pockets maybe?



    Yh now there's an option:thumbsup: Something just for a change I spose. He eats fruit because he has to tho, not coz he really wants to...don't think he sees it as a treat:lol:

    Hannah, that's a similar amount to what I pack for my daughter (also six and is quite slender) and son (three). She does bring back left overs but then scoffs it at home after school. In the mornings, I cook fresh noodles with peas, ham and a little soy sauce/salt or pasta with a veg. Current daily favs are tuna sandwishes, celery/carrot and cream cheese and ham pasta.

    I think the main concern regarding food for children is if they eat a lot of sugary snacks (sweets, cakes, etc.) and fats (eg crisps, processed cheese, etc.).

    I don't allow my young ones fizzy drinks or lollipops.

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    Depends how much your little one can eat! All kids are different. My five yr old has a sandwich (2 slices of bread) breadsticks/celery & a dip, an orange, an apple or banana, a cereal bar or crackers and some raisins. He always eats the lot and spends until dinnertime burning it off

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    Bishbash;7021370

    Hannah, that's a similar amount to what I pack for my daughter (also six … Hannah, that's a similar amount to what I pack for my daughter (also six and is quite slender) and son (three). She does bring back left overs but then scoffs it at home after school. In the mornings, I cook fresh noodles with peas, ham and a little soy sauce/salt or pasta with a veg. Current daily favs are tuna sandwishes, celery/carrot and cream cheese and ham pasta. I think the main concern regarding food for children is if they eat a lot of sugary snacks (sweets, cakes, etc.) and fats (eg crisps, processed cheese, etc.). I don't allow my young ones fizzy drinks or lollipops.



    lol, I even have to make the sarnies the evening b4 ...... would never get a chance to do them in the morning :lol: How good are u?? :thumbsup:
    No mine don't either......maybe on his birthday lol....actually that's another thing...both mine choose water over juice half the time so I know that's good for them.

    juliet_bravo;7021372

    Depends how much your little one can eat! All kids are different. My five … Depends how much your little one can eat! All kids are different. My five yr old has a sandwich (2 slices of bread) breadsticks/celery & a dip, an orange, an apple or banana, a cereal bar or crackers and some raisins. He always eats the lot and spends until dinnertime burning it off



    Yh well that is what I thought at 1st but now am worried they'll get fat lol....but same as u, mine do burn it off so perhaps they need all that energy:?

    juliet_bravo;7021372

    Depends how much your little one can eat! All kids are different. My five … Depends how much your little one can eat! All kids are different. My five yr old has a sandwich (2 slices of bread) breadsticks/celery & a dip, an orange, an apple or banana, a cereal bar or crackers and some raisins. He always eats the lot and spends until dinnertime burning it off



    http://bluebob.com/images/uploads/fatboy390.gif

    I use to get 2 sandwich, a drink and an apple.

    I've seen a huuuuuuuuuge thread about this in mse, you may be able to search it

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    queenlush;7021440

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mostof_childrenlunchbox.shtml



    That was really interesting reading....might try a few ideas, thanks hun:thumbsup:

    Marina;7021479

    I've seen a huuuuuuuuuge thread about this in mse, you may be able to … I've seen a huuuuuuuuuge thread about this in mse, you may be able to search it



    Thanks hun, will take a look:thumbsup:

    strike;7021478

    I use to get 2 sandwich, a drink and an apple.



    I used to get a sugar butty.

    deek72;7022739

    I used to get a sugar butty.



    Eeeewwww loads of kids used to eat those. I still love a banana butty tho.

    I would say if he is not overweight and on the whole eats everything ie. not leaving the sandwich and fruit, then it sounds fine.
    I think far better that he has a good lunch instead of snacking in the afternoon - it is the snacking that is really bad for their teeth - especially if it's something like raisens/ fruit.
    Maybe if anything I would say vary it as much as you can rather than giving less - who wants the same lunch every day? Put in different fruits/ different sandwich fillings etc etc Variety is good!
    x

    queenlush;7024134

    Eeeewwww loads of kids used to eat those. I still love a banana butty … Eeeewwww loads of kids used to eat those. I still love a banana butty tho.



    Yeah I used to love those too or sugar and jam :-D
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