An innocent photo of a child’s lunchbox has caused a stir after Australian parents said it contained ‘too much salt’ and couldn’t be considered ‘healthy’.
A doting mother received the backlash online after sharing a photo to the Lunchbox Ideas Australia Facebook group and said: ‘Today’s lunches – they also took a packet of chips.’
Inside the bento lunches were sandwiches, tropical fruit juice, cheese, fruit, chips and crackers, a small piece of a chocolate scroll and custard.
What seems to be a healthy lunch is being ridiculed by parents for being filled with too many ‘salty’ foods (pictured)
The food was placed into the separate bento box compartments and was kept cool with an icepack in another section at the bottom of the lunchbox.
While some of the food, such as the cheese, chips and crackers, contain salt, she ensured the portion sizes weren’t too large.
But while the school parent was criticised by some, others said the lunch is healthy and encourages children to eat.
‘Can’t believe you’ve received any negative comments! Too many carbs? So much salt! Really?’ One woman said.
She also shared a photo of a smaller alternative lunchbox she often makes for her kids, which was filled with fresh cucumber, tomato, lettuce and egg (pictured)
The online conversation continued, and many agreed it’s important to make sure the children eat while at school, kinder garden or childcare
The mother also shared a photo of a smaller alternative lunchbox she often makes for her kids, which was filled with fresh cucumber, tomato, lettuce and egg.
‘You’re amazing! The fact your kids eat it – amazingly awesome!’ Another woman said.
‘With a very fussy eater starting prep next year I shudder to think what criticism I will get from teacher or parents,’ another said, adding: ‘My goal will be to make sure my child eats something, rather than nothing all day.’
The online conversation continued, and many agreed it’s important to make sure the children eat while at school, kindergarden or childcare.
Nutritionist and former English teacher Lee Holmes revealed how to pack the perfect lunchbox – and it all comes down to including as many different ingredients as possible
What does the ideal school lunch sandwich contain?
* WHOLEGRAIN OR SOURDOUGH BREAD: Slow release carbohydrates help to stabilise blood sugar levels.
* PROTEIN: Lean meat, salmon, tuna, egg or tofu will help with alertness and endurance.
* HEALTHY FATS: Things like sunflower seeds, avocado and pumpkin seeds increase satiety, help to stabilise kids’ moods and boost their concentration.
* VEGETABLES X 2-3: Foods such as capsicum, carrot, mashed potato and cucumber contain fibre, vitamins and minerals kids need to keep their immune systems healthy.
According to Australian nutritionist Lee Holmes the ‘perfect’ lunchbox will be filled with plenty of different, natural colours, have separated dry and wet ingredients and plenty of fruits, vegetables and protein.
‘A nutritionally-balanced lunchbox should contain an array of food from various food groups,’ Lee told FEMAIL previously.
She recommends plant-based treats like fresh juices and smoothies, chopped-up vegetables and hummus and seeds, as well as blueberries and strawberries over jelly and rich jams.
‘Use different types of fruits and vegetables, seeds, coconut flakes, full fat calcium rich dairy foods, protein rich foods such as meats, eggs, seed butters, pulses and tuna and oily fish,’ she advised.
They will need some form of carbohydrates and healthy fats to ensure they stay full through the long day.
Things like sunflower seeds, avocado and pumpkin seeds can increase satiety, help to stabilise kids’ moods and boost their concentration.