As a parent, you may have had previous struggles with ‘eating time’. Or perhaps you currently struggle with it. Whatever the case, young children and healthy eating can be a challenge – if it’s not for you, you’re one lucky parent! Nevertheless, it’s always handy to pick up new lunch box ideas – nutritious ones!
Lunch Box Ideas:
Scrolls can be extremely fun, they can be sweet or savoury and are quite a filling therefore could be the perfect alternative for the boring old sandwich. Savoury scrolls can be yummy with tomato paste, veggies and cheese. Sweet scrolls often have Nutella or such, but you can use sultanas and honey or carob choc chips and dried blueberries.
Sushi might be a bit of a tricky option for some children, but for many it’s a fun little roll of goodness! Sushi with avocado, carrot and cucumber can be really delicious and you can add chicken or tuna if applicable to your child.
- Dried Veggie Chips:
Dried veggies can be a delicious nutritional treat. Simply slice veggie’s preferably with a julienne to get a very thin consistency and pop some olive oil, garlic and herb salt and bake in the oven until dry and crispy.
- Homemade Granola:
Homemade granola is a super easy treat which contains a whole bunch of healthy grains and vitamins. Gather all your ingredients; muesli, coconut, dried fruits, seeds, spices and berries like goji berries or dried blueberries and pop it all in the oven to get nice and crunchy. Serve this for your children with yoghurt and fresh fruit or alternatively make it into a yummy bar topped with honey.
- Roasted Chickpeas:
Roasted chickpeas can be an easy little lunch box snack, by simply roasting chickpeas in the oven with a little olive oil and salt until golden and crispy; makes for a nutritious lunch time snack full of nutrients.
- Fruit Salad:
While this might seem like an old school treat, it’s not always easy to get children to enjoy fruit. You can jazz up your fruit salads with carob choc chips, coconut, granola and organic vanilla flavouring or agave syrup.
Meal prep may not be your favourite task, and I’m sure lunch box prep falls under the same category. So hopefully these fun lunch box ideas have been of some assistance in your daily food preparation grind!