Healthy lunchbox ideas for the kids
Constantly coming up with new lunchbox ideas which are both healthy and interesting becomes increasingly difficult. Here are some snack ideas you can use to make sure soggy lunches don’t come home uneaten.
- Fruit Kebabs - Kids are more likely to eat fruit if it is cut up for them as they don’t have to worry about peeling it or having a core to throw away.
- Cut up different types of melon, berries, kiwifruit, pineapple, grapes, oranges (or anything else that won’t go brown by lunchtime), and slide them onto skewers or paddlepop sticks. For bonus points, add a small container of natural or low fat yoghurt to dip their fruit in to.
- Oven Roasted chickpeas - This is a great alternative to potato chips in the lunchbox, high in protein and fibre .
- Simply roast a couple of cans on chickpeas in the oven until crunchy. Add salt and spices, or leave natural. They will last a few days in a sealed bag stored at room temperature.
- Ants on a log - This is fun for younger kids, who need a bit of coaxing to eat fruits and vegetables.
- Cut up celery and fill with either cream cheese or peanut butter then top with raisins or sultanas.
- Frozen Smoothies – Make smoothies the night before and freeze so they are perfect for drinking at lunchtime.
- Use frozen berries, yoghurt, banana, water, whatever it is you usually put in your smoothie. You can even sneak in a little spinach without them noticing! The frozen container will also act as an ice block for anything else you want to keep cool in their lunchbox.
- Peanut Butter and Jam Oat Scones – A delicious treat the kids will love, using healthy ingredients as substitutes, but we promise you they won’t even know! Recipe credit to yummymummykitchen.com.
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (gluten-free flour is fine too!)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 heaping tablespoon baking powder
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup agave syrup
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used smooth, but I think chunky would be better)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 8 tablespoons raspberry jam
- 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl whisk together oats, flour, salt, and baking powder.
In another medium bowl, stir together the egg, agave syrup, butter, milk, and peanut butter.
Gently stir the wet ingredients into the oat mixture just until moistened.
Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop a ball of dough. Make a well with your thumb in the center of the ball. Fill with 1 tablespoon of jam. Flatten another 1 tablespoon of dough and press over the jam to seal. Roll the dough between your hands to form a smooth ball and place on cookie sheet. Continue until all dough has been used up, spacing scones 2-inches apart. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake 12-15 minutes, until golden brown and crisp on the edges. When completely cooked, you should not be able to see any gooey dough through the cracks. Cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheet and serve warm.
Tip: Buy a range of different sized Tupperware to keeps foods separate and fresh. Sistema have a great range of fully sealable containers to ensure there is no spillage.
Choose healthy food choices in conjunction with regular exercise in order for your child to get the most out of life.
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