Back to school can be a hectic time for families to say the least - and packing your child’s lunch probably just feels like yet another thing to add to your list of things to do. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming to create delicious and nutritious packed lunches they’ll love. Read on for our best quick and healthy lunchbox tips and ideas for food that's fast to prepare, super healthy and will keep them fuller for longer.
1. Base it on starchy foods
Bread, pasta, rice and potatoes are great for keeping your child full until dinner. Choose wholegrain where possible - and add variety by mixing it up with couscous, pitta and chapatti.
2. Add salad to sandwiches
A simple shortcut that makes sandwiches extra tasty and counts as one of their five a day. Alternatively, swap the sandwiches completely and whip up a simple pasta salad… Healthy, delicious and quick to prepare.
3. Bite-size fruit
Including at least one serving of fruit in your child’s lunchbox is always a good idea. For fruit that’s easy to eat, try chopped apple, mango cheeks or slices, watermelon cubes or cherries - or how about a small container of mixed fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Tinned fruit in juice works well, too.
4. Don’t forget the veg
Swap out processed snacks for sticks of carrot, cucumber or celery. Try including a small pot of low-fat hummus or other dips to add variety and encourage your child to eat their veg. Delish - and much healthier.
5. Add dairy foods or alternatives
Dairy foods are essential for growth and development, so consider adding a yoghurt or cheese stick if there’s no dairy elsewhere in the lunchbox (e.g. in a sandwich). If your child can’t tolerate dairy foods, try substitutes like soy yoghurt or milk.
6. Get the kids involved
It’s a simple truth that they’re more likely to eat it if they’ve also helped to make it! Get the kids involved and encourage them to help prepare and pick what goes into their lunchbox. It’s also a fun way for them to learn more about food.
7. Mix it up
Nobody likes eating the same thing every day. Don’t be afraid to experiment and get creative with what goes in the daily lunchbox. After all, variety is the spice of life… or lunchbox!
We hope you found these tips useful and that they’ve inspired you to create healthy and tasty lunches your kids will love - and you will love making.
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