I was hunting around for some healthy ideas for lunches and came across this great article on kidspot. It is very simple but gives some great basic starting tips to get you thinking about some easy ways to create some cost effective cheap kids lunch box fillers! Let me know in the comments what you have been sending with the kids to school and if it has been a success?
Ideas for healthy lunch boxes
It is possible to pack your child a nutritious lunch box that will actually come home at the end of the day empty and eaten.
Try these tips:
- Think about what your child likes to eat at home and try to translate that into a lunch box option.
- Vegetables are often overlooked in the lunch box. Try cutting up some carrot sticks or putting in a handful of cherry tomatoes.
- While the humble apple is a great lunch box filler (sturdy and hard to squash), consider cutting softer fruit up and putting it into a smaller container for protection. Berries and kiwi fruit survive very well this way.
- Dairy can be hard to include, particularly in hot weather. If you can’t safely get a yoghurt into the lunch box, make sure you offer dairy when she comes home from school.
- Last night’s leftovers in a container with a small spoon can make a welcome change to the parade of endless sandwiches.
- Try putting together a small picnic in her lunch box – slices of tomato, ham, grated carrot, grated cheese and some bread and butter – so she can build her own sandwich.
- Stick to water in the drink bottle – most juices are full of sugar and make the drink-bottle smelly. They also don’t do a very good job of quenching thirst.
- Homemade pikelets are a great snack – easy to make ahead of time, they’re filling and don’t require any extra toppings.
You can read the full article here Health Lunch Box Ideas