Tips for Keeping Snacks Safe:Always wash hands before preparing or eating a snack. This is the one of best ways to prevent food spoilage and contamination. Wash all fruits and veggies under cold running water. Clean all lunch boxes, thermal bags, plastic utensils and containers in hot soapy water. DO NOT re-use plastic wrapping and bags.Keep foods cold
-Yogurt, deli meats and cheese should be kept cold.
-Be sure to keep lunches in the fridge until the morning and include an ice pack or frozen juice pack when sending lunches to school.
Keeping the drinks in snacks healthyDid you know that fruit drinks, pop, and sports drinks usually contain lots ofadded sugar, very few vitamins and may contain caffeine? For example, one 700mlbottle of sports drink has 10 teaspoons of sugar – the same amount in one can of pop. These are not considered healthy beverage choices.
Making Healthy Snacks Fun!
Snacks are important and children should enjoy eating them too. If we enjoy something we are more likely to do it. This document attached below, provide you with tips on how to get your children interested in the snacks that they are eating beginning from helping to select them at the grocery store to opening up their lunch box to see what will make their recess time more exciting. Read on for some exciting ideas and recipes.
This month the focus for the Mango Mania Blitz is on Healthy Snacks. Keep looking for our weekly posts about these “mini meals” that are very important to children and their ability to play and learn. Snacks are important to both children and adults and we will provide some snack ideas as well as some advice on how to make snacks appealing to your children. The attached document will help introduce the topic and get you started with some ideas. January 27th - 31st will be Mango Mania challenge week so children will be encouraged to bring healthy snacks to school.
Napan Home & School will be providing a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for the Staff and Students of Napan School. It will be on Monday December 9th at 11:30 at the Napan Community Hall.
We wish to thank the Home & School in advance for putting on this meal for us.
Active Transportation Another way to accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity each day is by using active transportation. What is active transportation? It means to walk, bike or rollerblade instead of going by car! To do this:-Put on your sneakers, strap on a backpack and walk all, or part of the way to school.-Think twice before asking for a drive. Could you walk or use your bike instead?Did you know that if children walked for all trips less than one kilometer theywould accumulate approximately 15 to 20 minutes of walking per trip?
Energy Drinks and Sport DrinksEnergy drinks (ie. Redbull, Monster, Red Rain, Rockstar, Amp, Five hour Energy) claim to give you more energy and make you more alert. However, they are full of caffeine and sugar! They also contain other substances, such as guarana, that has 2-3 times more caffeine than a coffee bean. The amount of caffeine in most energy drinks exceeds the recommendations for children. Caffeine can cause nervousness, anxiety, stomach/intestinal upset, rapid heart rate, trouble sleeping, headache, fatigue, irritability and poor concentration.