The Food Dudes, Charlie, Roz, Tom and Rocco are back! Food Dudes is a programme developed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home.
Phase 2 extends the home element of the Food Dudes programme by encouraging the children to bring their own fruit and vegetables to school every day in special Food Dudes containers Classroom wall charts continue to be used for the junior classes and are introduced to the senior classes to record progress and children receive Food Dudes certificates upon reaching goals. This phase maintains fruit and vegetables consumption in the longer term.
As well as eating fruit and vegetables at school, it is important that children eat them at home too. Parents can help by encouraging children to eat and enjoy a healthy amount of fruit and vegetables, and set an example by eating them too.
Tips for Lunches
- Sandwiches are a popular choice for packed lunches and can be easily filled with a variety of salads. Or a mixed salad could be put in the vegetables tub, to be eaten with the usual sandwiches.
- Use fruit and vegetables in different forms, whether cooked or raw.
- Some vegetables taste good grated (e.g., carrots) and some (e.g., carrots, celery, peppers) can be cut into sticks, and perhaps eaten with a dip.
- Have a variety of fruit and vegetables in a pot and create a ‘salad’. You might like to try a fruit salad of banana, orange, pineapple slices with a sprinkling of raisins and a veg salad of lettuce, sweetcorn, grated carrot, peas or tomato.
- Stir-fries can include fruit and/or vegetables. Save some from the previous evening meal and put in one of the lunchbox tubs.
- Mix cheese (cubes or grated) with a portion of fruit and/or any of the above vegetable items.
- Pack fruit juice in your child’s lunchbox instead of cordial or fizzy drinks. Make sure it’s 100% pure juice with no added sugar. Smoothies (made mostly of fruit) are also a healthy fruit drink.