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The Healthy Lunchbox [Hardcover]

Fiona Beckett
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12 Sep 2005
According to the Government's nutritional standards, a child's lunch should contain at least one portion each of fruit and veg, protein (meat or alternative), dairy products and starchy food, such as bread or pasta. But a survey by the Food Standards Agency found that nine out of ten children still take packed lunches to school that contain too much saturated fat, sugar and salt. The Healthy Lunchbox is full of suggestions and ideas to help you provide your child with an appetizing and appealing meal each day. It will explain why many lunchboxes are unhealthy. What a healthy lunch should consist of. What children and adults of different ages should have (size of portions etc). Seasonality. Variety. Encouraging children to experiment. Personalising your lunchbox and making your lunchbox special. How to adapt your lunchbox for different age groups. How to get over children's fears of being different. Dealing with the reluctant/fussy eater and the overweight. Dealing with pester power. How to get kids involved in making their own. What children from other countries take to school. Lunchbox notes. Fiona Beckett provides recipes and menu suggestions and gives her Top Ten lunchboxes (or 12, depending on book size). These are categorised by age (e.g. very small children (4-6)/teenagers), inclination (veggie/non-dairy, wheat-free), time - or lack of it (hard pushed parent with several boxes to make), budget (low cost lunch box), food politics (organic/Fairtrade lunch boxes) or ethnicity (tiffin box/bento box). Finally how to plan a week's meals on the basis of one or two shopping expeditions, and a table with a month's suggestions for lunch boxes, as well as food safety and food hygiene.

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  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; 1st ed edition (12 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904943233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904943235
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 22.2 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes information about children's daily dietry needs and what a healthy packed lunch should include as well as inspiration recipes. -- Yorkshire Post, 21st September 2005

Strong on ideas, very easy to follow and, most important of all, realistic, with advice for hard-pressed working parents. -- The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Fiona Becket is a regular contributor to Sainsbury's Magazine and the Financial Times. She is an award-winning food writer who was the Guild of Food Writers Food Journalist of the Year in 2002 and was shortlisted for the Glenfiddich Award and the Lanson Awards in 2004. She has written many successful books the most recent being Beyond Baked Beans: Real Food for Students.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not rocket science but useful 6 Aug 2007
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I bought this because my daughter's due to start school in September and I wanted ideas to make her lunches less boring. This did give some useful recipes and some good ideas but it wasn't as good as I had been hoping to be honest. She divides the book up into "types" of lunch and some I found a bit silly - eg the "green" lunchbox she advised using a Fairtrade banana or cereal bar - like we wouldn't have thought of that! Her style is a lot less patronising than Annabel Karmel though and she doesn't expect you to cook all hours to create the lunchbox; I do think it is the sort of book that can be useful for all ages of child. I think maybe I expected too much and maybe lunches can never be that exciting.....!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have kids - get this! 11 Oct 2005
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I have 2 young children and, like most parents, I want what's best for them, especially as far as their diet's concerned. With all the recent media interest in school dinners this couldn't have come at a more apt time.
I can't recommend this book enough. The design is perfect for both parents and children alike; big, bright and full of scrummy pictures. If, like my children, yours suffer from certain allergies - fear not - this book caters for literally every child, no matter how fussy they are. This book really sets the trend! Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely recipes, full time job making lunch? 16 July 2010
I'm glad I have this book, but I wish i'd gone for another first. Nice pictures. Lovely recipes.

I've given myself a year to practice making different lunches before my daughter starts school...and I'm still thinking "how am I going to have time to produce these lunches day after day?"
We are an easy family to please, no allergies, not much fussiness. We are all energetic and have healthy appetites. I put a lot of effort into cooking evening meals, and have them all planned a week in advance. But we rarely have leftovers.

I will keep this book, and would imagine I will make some of the lunches some of the time - but for now I'm off to (hopefully) find a book that will help me to keep lunch healthy, interesting, and not keep me in the kitchen for much more time than I already spend there.
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