We take a look inside Esme's lunchbox.
What's in Esme's lunchbox?
Esme's lunchbox includes oat crackers with pate, cucumber sticks, pepper sticks, olives, a Babybel, a small portion of fruity flapjack and chopped strawberries.
What does the expert suggest?
Nutritionist Resource member, Jo Rowkins takes a deeper look into Esme's lunchbox.
"This is a surprisingly good lunchbox!
It's got lots of fresh ingredients, a protein source, some good fats from the olives and fresh fruit. A great improvement on the typical white bread sandwiches and crisps that many children get."
What swaps could be made?
- Try to ensure the oat crackers are as pure as they can be without added sugar.
- Always read the label on the flapjack to ensure it's not high in sugar and unhealthy fats (as many shop-bought ones are), or even better, make up a healthy batch of your own using coconut oil, dried fruits and seeds.
- I'd be interested to know what sort of pâté it is. Pork-based pates are very fatty and unhealthy, whereas a salmon or crab pâté would be healthier. Pâté can be highly processed or very fresh. Always choose the healthier, fresh versions, or even better make your own, such as mackerel blended with a little mayonnaise and lemon.