Healthy Alternatives




We often make an effort to be healthier during Lent. In light of this, the Easter period can be a great time to discuss eating habits and choices in the classroom.

Teachers can find some great tips on about healthy alternatives. Go to the “Swap Shop” which is under the Healthy Eating section of the website.

This concept of swapping could be discussed with pupils. Teachers could list a number of unhealthy options, and encourage pupils to think of two alternatives to each option – one which is a little healthier and one which is the healthiest. We can’t always choose the healthiest option, but it’s important that pupils know that there is a middle ground and that there is always something they can do to make a meal a little healthier.




Lenten Promises

Lenten promises





Lots of children (and adults!) will decide to give up sweets for Lent. Giving up something can be difficult, but once we plan for the change we want to make, it can be done!

Plans are more likely to succeed when we make SMART Plans. A SMART Plan is:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time-bound


A SMART Plan for giving up sweets might look like the following:

  • Specific           I am giving up chocolate and ice-cream
  • Measurable     I will not eat chocolate or ice-cream 7 days a week
  • Achievable      I will eat healthier snacks in place of chocolate and ice-cream
  • Realistic          I will have some ice-cream on my birthday, which falls during Lent
  • Time-bound     This plan is for the 6 weeks of Lent

Remember: By giving something up, we leave a gap that has to be filled by something else. Take this chance to come up with healthy alternatives to chocolate and ice-cream. We have some ideas here to get you started on filling the gaps!

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Simple Snacks

                    Simple healthy snacks in the classroom


Smoothies are a really simple way to bring food preparation into the classroom. They only take a few minutes to make, and are a great example of a healthy and delicious snack.

Here is a recipe for a simple strawberry smoothie which serves 3 children:


160g frozen strawberries

60g low-fat natural yogurt

90ml semi-skimmed milk

4 ice cubes

90ml unsweetened orange juice


Hand-held blender OR smoothie maker



  1. Chill all ingredients before use
  2. Wash the fruit
  3. Blend fruit, yogurt, milk and juice together until creamy
  4. Add ice cubes and blend again
  5. Pour into glasses and serve immediately


Random Acts of Kindness

                              Random Acts of Kindness







As we approach Lent, children are often encouraged to give up something or to take up a healthy habit. Perhaps you and your class could make a special project of doing kind acts throughout the Lenten period.  

Here are some suggestions to get you started. Visit for more ideas and great classroom resources.

  • Kindness Box: fill this box with compliments, recounts of acts of kindness, positive stories, inspiring quotes and thank you notes. You could open it once a term and celebrate the kindness of the class by pinning the contents onto a notice board.
  • Gratitude Journal: Taking 5 minutes each day to write down daily blessings can increase long-term well-being by 10%. That’s the same impact that doubling your income would have! Perhaps the last five minutes of school could be used to allow pupils to reflect upon, and write down, the things they are glad happened that day.
  • Saying ‘thank you’: Encourage your pupils to remember to say thank you. Impress upon them the importance of recognising the kindnesses of other people, as well as cultivating their own kindness.