Wherever and however, you do school this year, one thing remains a truth: kids need to eat!
Are your little darlings begging you for something other than a sandwich and whatever? Or perhaps they will only eat one thing every single day and you want to add variety?
This is a common problem. For some reason, many kids will only eat about 2 different things all year long. Talk about boring! If you are struggling to make a change, here are some delicious and creative ideas that kids will love to eat.
Packing a good and healthy source of protein into each lunch box is key for making kids feel full and energized all afternoon long. Some favourite protein sources are hummus, Greek yogurt, hardboiled eggs, almond/seed/peanut butter, beans, cheese, or chicken.
Whether you are looking to save money and prep time on school lunches or to help your kids eat more healthfully, this list of lunch box ideas will keep you AND your kids from being bored with lunch.
These can all be accompanied with a selection of fruits, nuts, or vegetable sticks and cherry tomatoes. Vegetables are loaded with plant-based nutrients that help organs develop while laying down the foundation for kids’ future health.
You don’t need a degree in nutrition to know that by packing lunches full of colour, your offspring are getting a variety of nutrients from each fruit and veggie you pack.
- Chicken (or other filling) Sliders: Brioche rolls are ideal, as they are soft and easy to eat, plus have a little sweetness to them which makes them delish for the little ones!
- Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with a dipping sauce on the side: Make a big batch of Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. Not only will the kids love them for lunch, but they make great lunches or pre dinner nibbles with a chilled glass of vino for mums and dads, too!
- Left over breakfasts for lunch: Leftover breakfasts make terrific lunches. Cereal, muffins, fruit, hardboiled eggs… anything goes, really!
- Cheese (or other filling) Ravioli: Crumbed and baked or left-over steamed ravioli with a kid friendly tomato relish on the side. Make ravioli for dinner, and then put some in kiddo’s lunchbox the next day. Two meals, just one prep!
- Ham and cheese pinwheels: Easy to make a batch of these in no time! They are yummy for breakfast…or lunch.
- Spaghetti pie muffins: You don’t need a specific recipe… just bake whatever you make into muffin tins and add some cheese on top. Yum!
- Sweet fruit wraps: These wraps can be the main course or a tasty little dessert. Just spread a dollop of yoghurt and then roll into the wrap some berries, pineapple, or any favourite fruit and cut into bite size pieces. They are healthy and yummy!
- Hummus in an Edible Bowl: Serve hummus in a hollowed-out crusty whole grain bread roll, which acts as a bowl with a lid. Kids can eat the entire thing—hummus, “bowl” and “lid.” Chickpeas provide ample protein in lieu of meat.
- Mini No-Cook Burritos: Make two or three mini-sized burritos with small whole grain tortillas filled with bean dip, cheese, avocado, and lettuce, plus a side of salsa. It is basically balanced nutrition in every bite, so kids can meet a variety of their nutritional needs.
- Strawberries ‘n’ Dip: Pair fresh strawberries with a small serving of Greek Yogurt. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants, including vitamin C that is beneficial for protecting kids’ immune systems. Plus, kids tend to eat more produce when it’s served with something to dip into.
- Bits & Pieces lunch: Crackers, cheddar, grapes, sliced chicken, cucumbers, organic yummies and a pouch with applesauce + plain yogurt and cinnamon. Cinnamon spice mixed with Greek yoghurt is the bee’s knees – try some!
This blog was written by Pamela South, Founder of Balance of Life. She is a trained Reiki and Reflexology Practitioner.