Healthy snacks perfect for lunch boxes.

When it’s back to school time, it’s time to put away the toys and games and time to start thinking about the stationery list, getting the uniforms organised and choosing what to pack in the school lunch boxes to get them off to a healthy start.

Building a healthy lunch box

These days most parents want to feel good about what their child is going to eat between 9am and 3pm and are far more selective about what’s going in the trolley. But it’s not easy finding products that fit the bill. There’s complicated labels and ingredients, and everywhere you look there’s high sugar, high salt, high fat, highly un-nutritious fare for our kids. If this all sounds too familiar, take heart – 62% of parents are finding it hard to choose healthy, lunchbox friendly snack options their child would like 1. Adding to the challenge is the steady increase in food allergies among children, making parents even more anxious about what to send kids to school with.

The increase in food allergies

In Australia, almost three in every 100 children have a peanut allergy 2. Due to the seriousness of the problem and increasing numbers of sufferers, more and more schools are having to declare themselves ‘nut free zones’ to protect the safety of children with allergies. In fact, 77% of parents say they need to be mindful of what goes into the lunch boxes because of allergies 2.

Healthy can equal delicious

The Happy Snack Company aims to take the stress out of buying nutritious snacks for children they’ll actually love. With lunch box friendly packs in BBQ and pizza flavour, our delicious Chic Pea and Fav-va bean snacks do not contain nuts or gluten and are 100% free from artificial flavours and additives. Backed with the confidence of a full five-star health rating, you know you’re making a good choice for you and your family.

What’s even better is that they’re not only perfect for the kids’ lunch box but for yours too! Chickpeas and fava beans pack a mean nutritional punch and make the ideal snack for sticking to the new years’ resolution for a healthier you.

Both fava beans and chickpeas are a great source of soluble and dietary fibre, important for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Soluble fibre may assist with reducing the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream and helps maintain blood sugar levels, which may help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and also aid in managing diabetes. The dietary fibre in fava beans and chickpeas and their low glycemic index (GI) may also assist with weight loss by making you feel fuller for longer. Not to mention they are high in protein, low in saturated fat and boast a long list of beneficial vitamins and nutrients.

With a satisfying crunch of toasty goodness, tossed in a delicious blend of seasonings, our Chic Peas and Fav-Va beans come in a range of tasty flavours like Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar; Lime and Cracked Pepper; Tomato, Onion and Basil and the classic Lightly Salted, so there’s something for everyone’s lunch box.

  1. Lightspeed GMI November 2015