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Happy Monkey - The Treat in a carton

With recent articles in newspapers about children and their inadequate lunch boxes I was pleased when the opportunity arose for me to try Happy Monkey Smoothies and Milkshakes.

The milkshakes come in a pack of 3 in strawberry and chocolate..  

The smoothies come in a box of 4 for £2.49  .  Strawberry and Banana or Orange and Mango. 

180ml is a perfect portion. The carton is great quality meaning a squeeze doesn't mean the smoothie comes gushing out.  The straw is easy to push in.  The milkshake straw is ingenious as it is compact but opens up to a normal size straw.

The Strawberry & Banana Smoothie is a dream.  There are no bits. It is easy to drink as it isn't thick.

Its not just kids that aren't keen on bits.  I have even managed to persuade two fruit phobic teenagers to have a smoothie.  It may only be 1 portion but WOW.  Pl.us they have asked me to buy them again.  The advantage of the portion control is you haven't got the teenage guzzlers drinking the whole carton before anyone else has a look in..  The design of the packaging suits young or old so they had no objections to trying the drinks.

Our 2 year old loved that there was a monkey on the packet.  "ohh ohh, ohh ohh".  He was happy to drink the smoothie and later the milkshake so I am sure most children would be just as delighted to try these.  Unfortunately the pictures didn't come out of the fidget bum but here are some of the teenagers -- oh and the bunny rabbit too.  

www.happymonkeysmoothies.com

Packing the lunchbox

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
  • Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But donít let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.

Unsalted nuts are a great snack food for children to have at home, but it's best to leave them out of your child's packed lunch. Many schools ban nuts to protect pupils with a nut allergy.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

Making healthier food

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.

You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home, as a family. .

Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child's lunch, and for family meal times.

Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new, to show your encouragement.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas.


There are more ideas for healthy packed lunches at the 
Children's Food Trust website page on packed lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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