Here are some of our top tips for participating in Crunch&Sip.
Preparing and storing Crunch&Sip
- Wash all fruit and vegies. Get the kids involved in this!
- Cut fruit and veg into easy-to-eat pieces
- Store fruit and veg in a sealed container
- Chill in an insulated lunch bag for extra crunchiness
- Include a spoon or fork for juicy fruit and veg like mango, avocado and melon. This will stop sticky fingers in the classroom.
- Time saving tips
- Prepare vegie sticks in advance! They will stay fresh in the fridge for several days if kept in an airtight container with a wet paper towel.
- A whole carrot, apple or celery stick is perfect for older kids – no chopping required! Sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and grapes are good for little ones.
Are your kids tired of the same carrot sticks and apple for Crunch&Sip each day? Choosing different coloured vegetables and fruits keeps it interesting and is good for you too!
Different coloured vegetables and fruit provide different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. This will help give your children the right balance of nutrients for good health. Eat a rainbow!
- Red – red capsicum, cherry tomatoes, radishes
- Orange and yellow – carrot, yellow tomatoes, corn, orange and yellow capsicum
- Green – celery, cucumber, snow peas, sugar snap peas, broccoli, green capsicum, peas, avocado
- Blue and purple – purple carrot, purple cauliflower
- White and brown – mushrooms, cauliflower
- Red – strawberry, red apples, watermelon, red grapes, cherries, raspberries, red plum, tamarillos
- Orange and yellow – orange, mango slices, paw paw, apricot, golden kiwifruit, mandarin, peaches, sliced persimmon, sliced pineapple, rockmelon, tangerine
- Green – kiwifruit, honeydew melon, green apple, green grape, pear
- Blue and purple – figs, black grapes, blueberries, purple skinned plums
- White and brown – bananas, brown pears, nashi pears, white nectarines, white peaches, lychee
Want more information about healthy eating? Crunch&Sip has a new food and nutrition section packed with useful information for parents! Check it out here.