Healthy Eating – LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE BY MAKING THE RIGHT FOOD CHOICES

WE ARE SO PROUD TO BE HEALTHY EATERS IN SCOIL BHRÍDE!!!

One in four children in Ireland are either overweight or obese. To help combat this, Scoil Bhríde encourages all pupils to pursue a healthy lifestyle which involves making healthy choices for school snacks and lunch & to keep anything not on the list below for home. We would appreciate the support of all parents and guardians in helping us to maintain healthy eating in school.

Portion Size: Only give your children what they will eat i.e. suitable portion sizes and food they like. This allows children to eat everything in the time allocated and avoids waste. The children bring home all uneaten food & wrappers. This way you will know what your child has eaten.
Recycling:  Please use recyclable materials such as lunch boxes (those with separate compartments are a recommended) and plastic bottles to cut down on waste.A strong lunch box (not a zipped lunch bag) that will fit into a school bag and can be opened easily is recommended as food lying in school bags can be squashed.

Please note that we have children in the school with nut allergies. For health and safety reasons we do not allow nuts or products containing nuts or nut oilsthese include Nutella and other chocolate spreads, peanut butter and cereal bars or any products with nut oil or nut traces.

FRESH, UNPROCESSED FOOD IS THE BEST CHOICE. READING LABELS ON FOOD ITEMS CAN HELP TO MAKE HEALTHIER CHOICES

TO REINFORCE THE IMPORTANCE OF AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE EFFORT CHILDREN MAKE, WE WILL  PRAISE, GIVE STICKERS & CERTIFICATES & POST PHOTOS OF HEALTHY LUNCHES ON THE WEBSITE. INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN/CLASSES MAY BE  MENTIONED & PRAISED AT ASSEMBLY & REWARDED.

The following foods and drinks are encouraged in school:

√ Fresh fruit (peeled and chopped for easier and quicker consumption), fresh fruit salad.

√ Dried fruit.

√ Salads – green, rice, pasta, potato, bean, tuna etc.

√ Cooked/raw vegetables (carrot sticks, pepper slices, cucumber, tomatoes, celery sticks, sugar snap peas, mangetout, sweetcorn).
√ Sandwiches, rolls and pitta pockets – brown soda, wholewheat, wholemeal are healthiest options (consider portion size for your child).
√ Bagels, PLAIN rice cakes and crackers.
√ Cheese – any kind.

√ Ham, turkey, chicken, beef – slices or as a filler for rolls/sandwiches.
√ Plain/fruit yogurt (1st class upwards).
Water – strongly encouraged.
√ Diluted drinks – these are healthier than cartons of juice which contain huge amounts of sugar.

The following foods and drinks are NOT permitted in school

         Chocolate or anything containing chocolate or chocolate chips.

DELI ROLLS/SANDWICHES – THESE TEND TO BE HIGH IN FAT AND CALORIES AND ARE ADULT PORTIONS.

Crisps, Pringles, tortillas, popcorn, gum.
Sweets, biscuits (any kind), toffee, fudge, chocolate etc, rice cakes with toppings.
Cereal/breakfast biscuits & bars (e.g. Belvita, Nature Vallley, Kellogs Nutri-Grain), energy bars, buns, doughnuts, pastries, cakes etc.
Nutella or other chocolate/nut spreads.
Fizzy drinks and sports drinks.
Dessert-based yogurts (e.g. “Crunchy Corner”, “Rolo”); FRUBES or YOGURT DRINKS (due to spillage).