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Spinneys Creative Lunchbox Competition.

Summary: A selection of Food Club members and their children were invited to participate in a fun-filled morning of events with Spinneys and BBC Good Food ME

Spinneys and BBC Good Food ME teamed up to create the Spinneys Creative Lunchbox Competition, an exciting and informative day where 15 children were given the opportunity to create healthy, nutritious and delicious lunchboxes. There were prizes to be won -- three wonderful Spinneys hampers filled with goodies -- and lots to be learnt with the help of Colette Shannon from Spinneys and Nutritional Therapist, Vanessa Kahler.

The morning began with an informative talk from Vanessa who explained the key points to remember when packing children's lunchboxes, along with handy tips and trick to ensure that they have the healthiest lunch possible. For example, Vanessa advised parents to opt for plain yoghurt over the sugar-filled and flavoured varieties, along with diluting juices with water if children were to drink juice at all.

Our keen participants were soon let loose to rotate around the seven food stations, which included: fruits, vegetables, dairy, carbohydrates, protein, Spinneys Ready-To-Eat range and drinks. Once they had selected the ingredients and snacks for their lunchboxes it was time to get creative and we were certainly not disappointed!

From fruit skewers made with juice carton straws to smiley faces created with vegetables, the judging panel -- that consisted of Vanessa, Colette and BBC Good Food ME's Acting Editor Sophie McCarrick -- knew it wasn't going to be an easy decision. However, after deliberating and evaluating how nutritious, tasty and exciting the lunchboxes were, they settled on three fabulous winners: Alana Grigsby, Shrey Baherwani and Thenuli Gamage.

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Publication:BBC GoodFood Middle East
Date:Sep 16, 2015
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