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Put them in a good food mood


With the beginning of a new year upon us, now’s a great time to rethink how you plan, buy and prepare meals and lunchboxes for your family. This can help set up good habits for the rest of the term.

For many families, the biggest challenge to eating well and fuelling little bodies is getting (and staying) organised. Plan your week of meals with these ideas and handy tools:

  • Get the kids involved in lunchbox planning and packing – print out the colourful my healthy lunchbox guide as a useful reminder.

  • Try some of our snack recipes instead of packaged food.

  • Encourage the kids to pop on the apron and get cooking in the kitchen – try our apple and cinnamon muffins.

  • Use the weekly meal planner to map out your meals, then add ingredients to the shopping list planner.

  • Buy fresh and seasonal for the best quality and cost – try getting most of your list from the local markets and shopping online for the pantry items.

  • Make bulk meals and freeze for later to save time and money.

  • Try to buy one less sugary treat when you do your grocery shop – use our wallet-sized shopping helper to keep you on track.

  • Avoid buying sugary drinks like cordial, soft drink, sports drinks and fruit juice because a water bottle is all they need for the day.

Girl picking strawberries

Image courtesy of Visit Canberra.