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March 30, 2021

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An Aussie mum has taken to Facebook to vent her frustration after her daughter’s greek yoghurt and vegemite biscuit snacks were deemed unhealthy according to her preschool’s policy.

Mum appalled that her daughter wasn’t allowed to eat her organic Greek yoghurt pouch or a snack of Cruskits with vegemite and cheese. Instead the foods were sent home with a note telling her that these were ‘sometimes’ foods.

Apparently carrots and hummus dip, wholemeal zucchini muffins and homemade vegetarian sausage rolls were among other foods deemed questionable or ‘off limits’ by some schools and kinders, according to mothers in a Melbourne online parenting group.

A while ago, a South Australian mum shared her disgust after her child wasn’t allowed a piece of cake, instead she received a condescending note with a frown face.

Another mum was upset that her child wasn’t allowed to eat her treat of homemade chocolate slice.

Policing Lunch Boxes

Some parents have expressed concern that constant policing of children’s food will encourage an unhealthy relationship with eating at a young age. Other parents say schools are setting unreasonable expectations, and what matters is that children are getting fed – not what’s on the menu.

Of course there are some food items that should never be in a children’s lunchbox – as this mum discovered!

More than 30,000 Australian children may now be severely obese, a national study into childhood health found.

The Right Bite and healthy eating policies classifies food and drink into three categories according to their nutritional or ‘healthy eating’ value.

Green foods

Green category foods and drinks are the healthiest choices. Schools and preschools are encouraged to provide as many choices as possible from this category.

Amber foods

Amber category foods and drinks are more processed with some added salt, sugar or fat. Schools and preschools are encouraged to select carefully from this category.

Red foods

Red category foods and drinks are highly processed, energy dense and nutrient poor. These are banned from sale in government school canteens and vending machines at all times.

Find a full list of the foods here.  We were quite shocked, to say the least, at some of the items in red and amber. Including, honey, jam and vegemite which is basically what my son survives on!  (Although mustard is a fave atm.)  Plus tomato sauce and mayonnaise!

What does your child usually have in their lunch on a regular basis? Does it pass the healthy eating policy?  I think mine are a fail! Bad mum. :( 

Share your comments below.

 

  • This doesn’t sound right. Who has the right to tell you what to give your kids! Unbelievable

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  • Teacher’s need to stick to teaching and leave the lunch boxes to us parents We know what to feed our own kids Some kids are very fussy eaters l send yoghurt in my daughter’s lunch box and anything else she asks for l rather have a child that eats her lunch than one that doesn’t

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  • So silly schools are making it so hard to pack lunches now days

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  • This is ridiculous! What on earth is wrong with greek yoghurt? As if children aren’t going to grow up with eating disorders if this is how teachers/schools are going to be about food.

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  • I am sick of teachers instructing us on how to pack a healthy lunch for our child. I have worked in the tuck shop and seen what some of them buy for themselves. Yoghurt is sold at the tuck shop so why is it banned in lunchboxes if stored correctly?

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  • It is already so difficult to pack school lunches. This is not fair. To be chastised for sending yoghurt in your child’s lunch box is ridiculous. There are much more unhealthier options that could have been sent instead. We should be free to pack what we like/what the children will eat.

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  • In my opinion Yoghurt is a good option full of calcium. Greek yoghurt is particularly good.

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  • I grew up eating nothing but peanut butter sandwiches for lunch all through my primary school days except for the very odd days when I bought a hamburger from the school canteen. I was always one of the skinniest kids in class and grew up to be at the lowest end of the healthy weight range. I understand why peanut butter is no longer allowed due to the increase in allergies, but I also think the lunch box police have gone way too far. Why can’t a child have an occasional treat? If your child is overweight, have a look at the exercise they do. It was normal for me to walk, run or ride my bike to school (1.5km to primary and 4km to high school). After school, we were free range until 5pm or it started to get dark. Basically we are over protecting our children, the first thing they will do when they get to uni, tafe, work etc is eat all the Red foods and forget about the Green foods.

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  • This is ridiculous. They shouldn’t be able to tell you what to put in your childs lunchbox.

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  • My granddaughter was stick-thin due to the lunch box police and refused to eat healthy foods at our house. Since leaving school she is now obese because she does what she wants and doesn’t eat healthy foods anymore. She is now in her 30’s. She didn’t learn a good lifestyle from her childhood at all and no one can help her to turn her life around. I feel so sorry for her,

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  • It is pretty frustrating, when the menus at some schools are pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs, and yet the parents are the ones to be chastised?
    I think that a healthy relationship with food is built on choice. Limit the foods, be told you can’t have them, and you will want them more! (Me and sugar!)

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  • Greek yoghurt can be a healthy option, in specific when it’s plain natural and unsweetened Greek yoghurt.

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  • I am so glad my child’s school is not strict like this – only nuts are forbidden. I don’t understand if the yogurt was sent to school once, then it is an occasional food? Seems like a healthy choice to me anyway

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  • Schools need to get back to teaching children the important subjects, which include English and Maths. I hate to imagine what this is doing to the poor child, who has not been aloud to eat the food provided by mum or dad, all because the teacher and school deem it unhealthy. The school is stepping over the boundaries by a mile. From the Right Bite link, yoghurt is green or amber. Couldn’t see Greek Yoghurt, but they suggest fruit yoghurt is okay, mmmmm, I would have thought Greek yoghurt was better.

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  • At our school teachers don’t check
    A lot of kids have allergies .my kids like fried rice ,scrollls

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