I am a big foodie and also a big believer that every child should eat well so when I recently received the news that – GASP! – only 1.6% of children’s lunchboxes are meeting school food nutritional standards as found by a Flora-commissioned University of Leeds study I have to admit in having to pick my jaw up off the floor.
Why and how this is happening I don’t know but thankfully, Flora has been hard at work trying to reverse this by distributing 631,000 lunchboxes with recipe planners to retailers throughout the UK to help make packing lunches easier for parents and launching an online portal with tips and easy-to-make healthy lunchbox recipes for even the pickiest of eaters which can be viewed here.
As part of this campaign, the lovely folks at Flora asked me to come up with my very own lunch box recipe using some Flora loveliness. It’s quick, creative and nutritious… and so here is my lunch box gift to you…
Talya’s wannabe Asian chicken noodle salad
For the salad
1 chicken breast
1 knob of Flora Original spread
1 teaspoon sesame oil
75 grams wholewheat noodles
1 small grated carrot
Two generous handful of frozen peas
For the dressing
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
2 teaspoons soya sauce
1 teaspoon of honey
Dice the chicken breasts into bite sized pieces and sauté it a pan with a melted knob of Flora Original spread. Remove from the pan when done.
While the chicken is cooking, boil the noodles as per packet instructions and pop the peas in for the last minute of cooking. Drain in a colander and give them a quick rinse under cold running water. Toss with the sesame oil to stop the noodles from sticking together.
Now it’s time to make the dressing – simply combine the ingredients in a bowl and give them a quick whisk with a fork. Lastly grate the carrot finely.
Right then, you’re ready to combine. Toss the noodles with the chicken, grated carrot, peas and dressing, divide in two and pop one half in your lunch box and the other in the fridge ready and waiting for tomorrow’s lunch.
And there you have it! A lovely quick Asian- inspired lunch box pleaser packed full of goodness to fuel your little thought the day!
Finally, I leave you with some final words from Dr. Charlotte Evans, Nutritional Epidemiologist and the study’s lead researcher, “I hope the results of the study are an eye-opener, highlighting that more stringent policies need to be introduced if we want to see real change in the nutritional value of children’s packed lunches. New policies for schools, food manufacturers and retailers are needed, which will require strong support from government and stakeholders if progress is to be made. Flora has made a good start, but we need everyone on board in order to make an impact.”
Amen to that, I say.
***To find out more about the Flora lunchbox campaign, please visit www.flora.com.***
*This post is in collaboration with Flora. All opinions are my own.