It can be so difficult to know what to put into your child’s lunchbox so that it is healthy and good for them but also that they enjoy the food inside. It can at times seem much easier to fill it up with things that are sugary, filled with additives and already prepared for you.
You might not feel like you know many healthy foods to put in the lunchbox, after all – fruit and vegetables would get boring for your child day after day, but you can easily add a little extra to these foods. Good food is so important, children need to fuel their body with vitamins and minerals. It is a well known fact that healthy food will make a child perform so much better academically than those who eat junk. I am going to talk you through some tasty but healthy lunch box ideas and also some ways in which you can save time and be a little more organized in the kitchen.
Lunch box ideas and tips
It would be a great idea to get your child a lunchbox that have different sections in it. This way you can separate the main part of their lunch, from their sweet and savory snack, to avoid any yoghurt flavored sandwiches! Do a little plan at the beginning of the week so that you know what you are going to put in your child’s lunch box and on what days. Make and prepare the food together also, freezing anything that it is safe to and then defrosting it later. Try and have enough variety so that you can alternate slightly but not so much that it is going to be difficult for you. Most children will be happy with 2/3 lunch box foods that they absolutely love, rather than lots that just feel like they have been thrown together. Have all lunch box ingredients, whether they are stored or refrigerated, stored together correctly. Little zip bags are ideal for keeping things fresh and having fruit and vegetables prepared can save so much time when you are putting the lunch box together. This, along with the meal planner may sound a little excessive but it is necessary to get some organisation into preparing your child’s lunch box and doing it well.
For the main section of your child’s lunch; a sandwich, wrap, a pot of pasta or salad would be perfect. Some tasty and healthy fillings for the wraps and sandwiches are chicken, turkey or tuna with salad and a little dressing. If your child does not eat meat, then some cheese or egg sandwiches would be a great alternative. Don’t forget to mix it up so they are not eating the same thing every day. With regards to pasta, you can make a big batch and freeze some to use again and again. A whole number of ingredients and dressings can be added depending on what is easiest and what your child likes. You can even give your child leftover dinner from the night before in their lunchbox, this could be anything from noodles, to a variety of light meals and nibbles.
Let’s get onto what snacks to put in your child’s lunchbox. This will vary depending on their taste but there is a big variety out there. Boiled eggs are filling and easy to make, they are also an item that can be made in batch and used when you need them. You can’t go wrong with some chilled yoghurt or jello either. A great tip is to freeze some grapes or berry’s and put them in your child’s lunch box in the morning. By lunch time, they will have thawed enough to be eaten, but they will still be chilled; these are super yummy for those summer months especially. Some of the healthier type biscuits and cereal bars are also an option to give your child. Cut up carrot sticks are a great snack with some dips, you can make whatever dips you want – hummus, mayonnaise or chilli are just a few choices for you.
I hope that you will have got something for these lunch box ideas and that they make preparing your child’s lunch, a little easier.