M&S is accepting the £15 food vouchers issued as part of the government's free school meals scheme in England while schools are closed. However we also understand that coming up with simple, tasty and nutritionally balanced meals three times a day can often be challenging for parents.
To help, M&S’ senior in-house nutritionist, Laura Street, has shared her hints, tips and lunchtime inspiration including a downloadable meal planner with five simple kids lunches for under £15 (for two kids!)
To make it even easier for customers in-store, all products on the meal planner will also be flagged with special “I’m on the shopping list” signs.
Laura explains, “Eating a healthy, balanced diet helps keep children healthy, gives them energy, and helps them to concentrate on school work and to be alert. Although we’re facing challenging times, it’s worth trying to embed a few healthy habits where you can – and hopefully these tips and recipe ideas will help you do that. If you’re at home more, smaller habits repeated each day can really stick. But the main thing is not to be too hard on yourself. The 80/20 rule is a good one to keep in mind – if you can encourage children to eat a balanced diet around 80% of the time, you’re on to a winner!”
Laura’s meal planner of 5 lunches for 2 kids for £15 includes:
Laura’s top tips include:
M&S is proud to have its very own team of in-house nutrition experts. Customers can also ask their own nutrition-related questions directly via M&S’ dedicated “Ask the nutritionist” function