The importance of a Healthy Lunchbox!

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With the start of the school year just around the corner, mums everywhere are starting to stress about what to put in their child’s lunchbox.

Healthy lunches and snacks are important for active children. Eating healthy food helps children concentrate and learn. Never mind, the benefits to their health and wellbeing.

There are limited times for children to eat during the day, especially at school. Most kids prefer to play with friends instead of eating, so having a healthy lunch box is one thing, making sure it gets eaten is another! It won’t provide any nutritional value if it doesn’t get eaten!

We discover a yummy recipe for banana bread using Xylitol on naturallysweet.com.au. It is delicious – we LOVE it and think that it would be perfect in a lunchbox! We would even go so far as thinking other kids will want to trade for it!

Banana Bread Ingredients:

  • 125 grams butter
  • ½ cup Xylitol
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence or cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 large bananas (approx. 490 grams) peeled and mashed
  • 1 cup self raising flour (or gluten free alternative)
  • 1 cup plain flour (or gluten free alternative)
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts (omit this if your school is nut free)
  • 2 tablespoons glycerine

Method:

Line a 13×23 cm loaf tin with baking paper.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced.

Cream butter, vanilla and Xylitol until they are light and creamy,

Add beaten eggs and glycerine.

Add mashed banana alternately with the flours and walnuts.

Mix well and place into prepared loaf tin and bake in preheated oven for approx. 55-60 minutes.

Leave in tin for a couple of minutes to cool, remove and place on cooling rack till completely cool.

To serve, slice and enjoy!

 

Enjoy your back to school!