The summer holidays are coming to an end and that 'back to school' feeling is setting in. After the fun and indulgences of the holiday season, going back to school can be a less than thrilling prospect for kids.

Make the transition back to school easier by filling their tummies with healthy nutritious meals. A balanced lunchbox should contain a variety of nutritious foods from each of the five food groups – grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein.

A healthy school lunch helps to keep kids alert and focused by providing them the nutrients they need every day. If you include packaged snacks in lunchboxes, the Health Star Rating can be a helpful tool to help choose between similar packaged and processed products.

The Health Star Rating of each product is based on the amount of saturated fat, sugar and sodium it contains per 100g or 100ml, as well as its total energy (kilojoules).

Products may score extra points and potentially higher ratings depending on the quantity of positive ingredients they contain such as fibre, fruit, vegetables and protein.

To better understand the importance of healthy eating and for more information on how to use the Health Star Rating System, visit the
Health Star Rating website.