Kinsalebeg, Co. Waterford

Healthy Eating

We promote a Health Eating with a policy of healthy lunches Monday – Thursday with plenty of fruit & vegetables as an alternative to convince foods. We celebrate Friday with a small treat…..

Packed Lunches
Lunch is an important meal for school going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat, sugar or salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage).
The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend but some find it difficult to come up with popular healthy alternatives. We will ask you to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start. Also, please, only give your child something you feel he/she can easily manage to eat. Children are not normally very hungry at school, so a little snack will do.
The following guide is designed to help you provide quick, appetising, and nutritious lunches for your children.

Bread & Alternatives
Bread or rolls, preferably wholemeal.
Rice – wholegrain.
Pasta – wholegrain.
Potato Salad.
Wholemeal Scones.

Lean Meat.
Tinned Fish e.g. tuna/sardines.
Cheese, including Edam, blarney, cottage.

Milk, including low fat.
Fruit juices.
High juice Squashes, i.e. low sugar content.

Start with the Basics
A healthy packed lunch should contain bread or an alternative, a savoury filling which provides protein, a
suitable drink and some fruit and/or vegetables.