With childhood obesity at an all-time high we need, more than ever, to watch what our kids have in their lunchboxes. Garth McColgan's FoodActive campaign promotes variety and passion.

As the weeks fly by on the school calendar, it can become harder to come up with imaginative, tasty and nutritious lunches for the kids. To help you inject some excitement back into lunchtime, Garth McColgan's FoodActive campaign promotes variety in your child's lunchbox and sets about igniting their passion for food. Here are some of his top tips.

Kids love dipping things, so full a small tub of guacamole or hummus for dipping with celery or carrot sticks.

Baby sweetcorn, mange tout and baby carrots are nutritious and add some textural variety to the lunchbox. Pop them briefly into a microwave with a drop of water and cover.

Nuts and dried fruit are rich in vitamins and great for nibbling on to keep your child full during the school day. Raisins and some exotic fruits go down well, prunes generally don't!

Add a tub of natural yoghurt with honey, granola, muesli or dried fruit instead of buying processed dairy.

Getting children to assemble their own lunchboxes engages them with the food and makes them more likely to eat it - and so saves it from the bin!

Variety is the spice of life so you can theme lunches around different cuisines, like Italian, Spanish, Mexican and, of course, Irish.

For more information on the campaign, along with added tips and guides, check out www.foodactive.ie




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