Brisbane mother of two Hazel Key believes parents could boost their children’s performance at school by making some simple changes to the school lunch box.
Hazel, who’s made thousands of lunches for children in the past decade, has written a book - ‘The Clever Packed Lunch’, edited and approved by nutritionist Beata Sinclair, which is full of easy lunch ideas to help parents support their children’s learning.
She points to the growing evidence indicating that too much sugar, refined carbohydrate and certain types of fat can block learning, by disrupting concentration and memory.
The Clever Packed Lunch has a section covering sensible, down-to-earth nutritional advice.
“And healthy food at school can make a real difference to cognitive function.” Beata Sinclair (BHSc Nutrition) says.
Beata, who runs consulting service Smart Nutrition, adds “I also like the fact that the layout in Hazel’s book is attractive to kids and easy for them to read. She actively encourages parents to involve their kids in the choice and preparation of lunches so that they’ll be developing skills to establish good eating habits for life. This is clever stuff.”
Hazel’s recipes include ingredients like Avocado, Blueberries, Eggs, Salmon, Seaweed and Seeds - all known to support optimal cognitive function.
The Clever Packed Lunch offers a simple, efficient system for providing healthy packed lunches for busy families. Edited and approved by a Nutritionist, the book includes 25 recipes (some Gluten-Free) and a complete two-week lunch menu, all photographed in colour.
In it, Hazel shows that preparing a daily lunch containing home-made food is an opportunity to express love and, at the same time, to support children through the challenges of school life by using healthy ingredients that benefit cognitive function.