Four Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas With An Added Bonus Of Improved Hair Health!
Author: Belinda O'Flynn Date Posted:21 May 2018
Trying to feed children a healthy diet can seem a never-ending task, I mean you just finish one meal and it’s time for the next!
Then you have to contend with what they will eat versus what is actually healthy and beneficial for them AND if it will work in a lunch box - what a nightmare!
We all know our bodies need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy but did you know that they reach your hair last?
Because hair is a non-vital organ our bodies only send what is spare to the hair.
If our heart doesn’t get what is needed it’s a bit of a disaster but our hair?
Worst case it falls out. Our body has its priorities right but having enough to cover everything is important as it means you know your whole body is healthy and well.
A healthy diet can definitely improve hair health and growth.
So I’ve written up a list of four foods that are nutritious for your children and in turn their hair!
Full of vitamin C which is essential for so many things but especially absorbing iron.
Iron is vital for hair growth but without the vitamin C their body just can’t process it.
Mandarines are also high in B12 which is great for promoting hair growth.
These are mega easy to just add in a lunch box. If they are really not a fan of them then berries are also high in vitamin C and usually a hit for children, as they come is easy or in a smoothie or homemade ice lolly.
Salmon is high in those great Omega 3’s we hear so much about, but what do Omegas do?
Well the brain needs a certain amount of good fats to function well, think my brain needs a little more some days!
As for hair, the Omegas are needed for well conditioned, naturally glossy hair. Ever heard how you should feed a pet oil for coat health? Well it’s the same for us. You could mash this and add to a sandwich or pitta? Add to pasta with a little mayo? Or some may just eat a salmon steak cold as finger food, I would as I love it.
Now this needs to be natural greek yogurt and not just your normal type.
Greek yogurt is rich in protein, high in B5 and helps improve blood flow needed for hair growth.
Interestingly B5 is used up much quicker when the body is stressed which can make any anxiety harder for them to deal with. Plenty of greek yogurt at exam time or busy periods!
You can just add this to the lunchbox in a little pot as it is, add a touch of honey or even the berries we mentioned above. If not, then smoothies or lollies at home can also work.
These are full of the good fats like Omega 3’s etc that we mentioned earlier, however, they are also high in Biotin, which is great for hair and nails. If you ever read the ingredients of a hair growth vitamin it will most likely be one of the main ingredients!
Now some kids like them, some not so much. However, in a lunch box is a little more tricky as they go brown once cut. My suggestions would be to mash with a little lemon juice and used in pitta or a sandwich. I put mine is a sandwich with hummus too, I’ve been told it’s weird but I think it’s yummy. Some will eat guacamole as a dip for veg, or even just in 2 halves to scoop out with a spoon. For this I would cut it for them but place it back together over the stone and wrap.
Writing these has made me want to go and make a healthy lunch for myself!
I hope some of these will be of use to you and help you with the end goal we all have of a healthy happy child.
Oh, yes, and hair like the Greek goddesses!