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Packed Lunch

Guidance for foods to include in a healthy packed lunch:

* At least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day. 

* Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus and falafel) every day (Usually as part of a sandwich, roll or salad)

* Oily fish, such as salmon, pilchards or tuna, occasionally.

* a starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.

* Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard.

* Only water, pure unsweetened fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.

* Pretzels, seeds, crackers and cheese, vegetable or bread sticks with a dip.

* Biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal.

* Snacks such as crisps should be included less often as they often contain a high salt/sodium content. Instead, include fresh vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat).  Savoury crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food are also a good choice.

Guidance for foods NOT to include:

* Nut or nut products, although they can be very healthy, there are children with nut allergies in school.

* Confectionery such as chocolate bars or sweets. 

* Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.

* Fizzy drinks or drinks with a high sugar content. Be aware that some drinks claiming to be a fruit drink often only have 5% fruit juice, the rest being sugar and water.

Special diets and allergies

Be aware of nut allergies. We recommend you visit the website for accurate, reliable information on managing allergies in schools. The school also recognises that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly.

These pupils’ needs will be made known to the school with the appropriate medical guidance. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are also not permitted to swap food items.

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