A school in Bradford has ban sausage rolls and other ‘unhealthy’ foods in pupils’ lunchboxes which has divided opinion between parents.
The new policy at Shirley Manor Primary Academy states parents will be called in if banned foods are found in packed lunches. The new ‘Whole School Food and Drink Policy’ also sees other lunchbox snacks such as pork pies and pepperoni sticks being ban, for their high saturated fat and salt content. Fizzy drinks, flavoured water and squash have also been ban, including sugar free or no added sugar versions.
The school has also brought in a limit on the number of crisps, biscuits, cakes and deserts children can eat – with only one of these items being allowed per day. If there is more than one present in the lunchbox, the item will be removed and returned to the parent at the end of the day.
The new policy has been designed using Government guidelines and children are encouraged to show a member of staff what they have had for lunch. Parents are divided in their reactions to these new rules, with some parents feeling like their role was being taken away from them when it came to deciding what their child had to eat.
The school’s head teacher, Heather Lacey, has commented saying most of the parents were supportive of the new rules and that children were bringing in healthier lunches as a result.
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Mini energy balls
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are quick and easy to make (and even quicker to disappear!)
A great option for little tummies, get creative with sweet or savory mini muffins for your tot. They’re bound to love these ruby red mini muffins
by the team at Ella’s Kitchen, made from beetroot and feta, or try spinach and cheese for a more classic muffin.
Cranberry and Hazelnut oat cookies
Another healthy alternative to sugary snacks, why not add some homemade cookies to your tot’s lunchbox? These cranberry and hazenut oat cookies
are super easy to make (depending on the nursery school rules, you might want to bake without the hazelnuts). What’s more, why not get your little one in the kitchen with you and bake these at the weekend?
Mini cheese and potato frittatas
Leftovers can work well in your toddler’s lunchbox now and again, especially if it can be served cold. Go for foods such as quiche or frittata as they can be cut into slices and wrapped in a cling film or foil. This mini cheese and potato frittata recipe
is a great option to try for lunch and dinner.
Pesto rice salad
If your toddler loves cheese as much as you do, why not try a cold pesto rice salad
. A good leftover option to make a change from sandwiches, either make your own pesto or add a shop bought variety.
A quick and easy way to make sandwiches more fun, use a cookie cutter
to create cute shapes. Whether it’s a dog or a butterfly, keep your little one guessing and make lunchtime a surprise!
Another leftover favourite, your little one is bound to love these bite sized sweetcorn fritters
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