There’s no doubt that snacks play a strong role in a child’s diet. Unfortunately, many kids have their lunchboxes filled with unhealthy items like chips, biscuits, chocolate bars, cakes, and soft drinks. All of them are abundant in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, and have little nutritional value. Therefore, it’s crucial that both parents and daycare centres ensure that the children are getting all the nutrients they need to get them through the day and stay energized and healthy.
However, it’s not always that easy to find healthy lunch box recipes that at the same time are simple and quick to prepare in the morning and that children will actually eat. For that reason, one of the best early childhood education and daycare centre in Capalaba, Springfield, Karana Downs, and Mayfield, Eskay Kids – Natural Childcare, shares three healthy lunchbox snacks ideas to make your mornings easier.
Just read on to find out more!
Sweet Potato and Carrots Waffles
- 170g sweet potato, peeled and grated
- 120g carrots, peeled and grated
- 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
- 3 spring onions, chopped
- 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 70g self-rising flour
To prepare these delicious and healthy waffles, you first combine all the ingredients into a bowl and stir well. Then, preheat a waffle maker and brush with a little bit of sunflower oil over the grill. Once heated, put enough of the mixture in the centre to spread to the edges. Close the appliance and wait for about 5 minutes until the waffle is golden and cooked through. Repeat until you run out of the mixture.
‘Pizza’ Rice Cake
- 2 tbs tomato salsa
- 4 thin brown rice cakes
- 80g tinned tuna of choice
- 1/2 cucumber, sliced
- 4 slices canned beetroot, diced
- 1 tbs super sweet corn, canned and drained
Here’s a great and healthy alternative for all pizza lovers. Start by spreading ½ tsp tomato salsa over the rice cakes. Then, combine the tuna, the cucumber, and the beetroot in a small bowl. Mix well and evenly spoon the mixture over the rice cakes. Finally, sprinkle each with corn. That’s it! Your healthy ‘pizza’ is ready!
Sugarless Banana Muffins
- 2 apples, peeled and grated
- 150 g butter
- 2 medium-size ripe bananas
- 1 1/2 cups whole meal self-rising flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
These sugarless banana muffins are perfect for kids and make a great snack as there’s no refined or added sugar in them. To prepare them, preheat the oven to 180°C and line a muffin tray with paper cups. Next, cook the apples and butter in a saucepan until soft, mash the bananas, mix all the ingredients in a bowl, and spoon the mixture evenly into the sups. Bake for about 20 minutes and cool before serving.
We hope you find these recipes worthy of trying. At Eskay Kids – Natural Childcare, we strongly believe that diet is crucial for good health. So, if you are looking for a daycare centre or government-approved kindergarten programs, don’t hesitate to contact us today!