Mom is slammed for putting so much ‘junk food’ in her kids’ lunch boxes

An Australian mum has sparked a debate with a photo of her children‘s lunchboxes filled with crisps, chocolate and custard.

The woman, who shared images of the daily treats on Facebook on August 1, prepared a number of healthy storage containers containing snow peas, fruit and trail mix, combined with some processed snacks.

“This week, try snow peas and Cheds. Riley loved helping me make the homemade mix of yogurt-covered raisins, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, mini MnMs and banana chips,” a- she declared.

“Riley asked for mini ham and cheese croissants and Blair asked for a Nutella triangle sandwich, as always. Shaun and Connor both have mini versions of it.

The woman, who shared images of the daily treats on Facebook on August 1, prepared a number of healthy storage containers containing snow peas, fruit and trail mix, combined with some processed snacks.

While many parents praised his efforts to put together a balanced lunch box, others didn’t appreciate the amount of “plastic” it contained.

“It’s a lot of food and bric-a-brac,” wrote one woman.

‘Gosh, we’re a plastic world hey. I remember in elementary school the kids had to take all the packaging home so I guess that’s still in place,” another said.

A third added: ‘We’ve never had all the packaged food let alone chocolate. Savory is the best with good fruits and vegetables”.

The mum replied: ‘Guys, if you don’t like it, scroll down, it’s not difficult. I don’t need to explain myself or my family to anyone here, I’m doing what’s best for us and that’s all I care about.”

Sydney dietitian Susie Burrell says there are lots of foods you should include in your kids’ lunch, but she finds it easier to follow a quick and easy four-step formula.

“With my twins back at school, I thought a little lunchbox inspiration might be helpful for parents,” Susie posted on instagram.

A dietitian has revealed exactly what to pack in your child's lunchbox to keep them full and well-nourished throughout the school day (the ideal school lunch pictured)

A dietitian has revealed exactly what to pack in your child’s lunchbox to keep them full and well-nourished throughout the school day (the ideal school lunch pictured)

Susie Burrell (pictured), from Sydney, said there are many foods you should include in your children's midday meal, but she finds it easier to follow a quick four-step formula

Susie Burrell (pictured), from Sydney, said there are many foods you should include in your children’s midday meal, but she finds it easier to follow a quick four-step formula

What is Susie’s four-step formula?

1. Sandwich, wrap or salad with some form of protein.

2. Cut fruits and vegetables.

3. High-protein snack like yogurt or cheese.

4. Something fun or “delicious” like homemade protein balls, crisps or healthy cookies.

Susie’s formula means you should always make sure you have a protein sandwich, wrap, or salad in their box, along with fruits and veggies, a high-protein snack, and a “fun yummy item.”

For a high-protein snack, Susie favors yogurt or cheese, while her favorite “something yummy” foods are healthy chocolate digestives, protein balls, chocolate rice cakes and healthy crisps.

This week, Susie is giving her twins two wraps with chicken, cucumber and hummus as the main meal.

The twins will then enjoy yogurt, cherry tomatoes, cut cucumber, satsuma and half a banana for their healthy snacks.

Their “treat” consists of homemade protein balls and healthy potato chips.

To vary the main meal, Susie said she would also make sandwiches with ham and avocado on some days.

On others, she’ll make shredded chicken with avocado and tomatoes or a bowl of homemade oats overnight.

The most important thing with this item of the box is that it contains protein to keep kids full longer.

The most important thing with your children's meals and snacks is that they contain plenty of protein (lunch box pictured) because that's what will keep your children full longer.

The most important thing with your children’s meals and snacks is that they contain plenty of protein (lunch box pictured) because that’s what will keep your children full longer.

According to the dietitian, the biggest mistake parents make with their children’s lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates.

Although Susie admits that carbohydrates such as bread, rice, cereals, pasta, fruit, jams and honey are vital for brain function – and especially for active children – she also said that often these carbs are processed, and therefore not as good for their overall health.

“A quick scan of a typical lunch box will usually reveal some type of sandwich or wrap, a fruit or two, sometimes a vegetable, and several packaged snacks,” she previously said. Essential children.

“While on the surface this lunchbox mix would tick the box for carb-rich foods, processed carbs completely dominate the mix at the expense of protein-rich foods and healthy fats.”

Susie explained that the problem with processed carbohydrates is that they are digested very quickly, which can increase children’s hunger later on and cause them to overeat when they return from school.

If they eat too many carbohydrates and don’t get enough physical activity, children can also gain weight.

According to the dietician, the main mistake parents make with their children's lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates;  you should avoid this (ideal lunch box pictured)

According to the dietician, the main mistake parents make with their children’s lunch boxes is overloading them with too many carbohydrates; you should avoid this (ideal lunch box pictured)

Susie recommends that you limit carb-based snacks and make sure to include plenty of cut-up fruits and vegetables instead.

Susie recommends that you limit carb-based snacks and make sure to include plenty of cut-up fruits and vegetables instead.

The dietitian added that the solution to the lunch box problem is simple: include a lot more protein in their midday meal and encourage them to take a food break early in the school day to manage their appetite.

For the morning break, Susie recommends a snack high in veggies and protein to keep hunger locked in until lunch and later in the day – something like baby cucumbers, tomatoes, chopped carrots and hummus.

She also said you should only send one piece of fruit with them per day and limit carb snacks.

“Make sure your child’s playtime includes a protein-rich food. Good choices include children’s yogurts that have no added sugar, cheese and crackers, roasted beans or chickpeas, a boiled egg, a mini wrap with a little ham or chicken or cheese or a homemade protein ball (minus the nuts),’ Susie said.

A reasonable serving of protein for a child is between five and 10 grams per serving.

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