It’s back to school time! If you’re in need of inspiration to help you pack your little ones’ lunch boxes for the week, then you’ve come to the right place.
From pastas and salads to sandwiches and even desserts, here are a few tasty yet healthy school lunch ideas that will energise your kids throughout their day.
Starchy foods help to fill your kids’ bellies up while also lending them energy to focus on their lessons and keep up with their peers at playtime. Mix in some protein so they stay full longer, and you’ve got a nourishing, balanced meal on your hands.
Pasta salad has plenty of carbs and can also be customised to add your choice of proteins, be it ham, prawn, eggs or cheese. You can also add in plenty of mixed cooked veg so your kids can get their five-a-day with ease.
Houmous Snack Pack
Support your child’s growing bones with a diet packed with protein and calcium. Snacks like yoghurt, cheese and houmous help achieve this goal, and are great for padding out a lunch box.
Try out this easy hummus snack pack recipe, which includes homemade houmous that you can whip up using liquid from a can of chickpeas. Serve it alongside vegetable crudités, and you’ve got a healthy, colourful vegan snack to please any child.
Cheesy Quesadilla with Rainbow Salad
This isn’t your typical sandwich recipe. These cheesy Mexican quesadillas are sure to be a hit, especially with picky eaters. They consist of just three ingredients: a large white tortilla, grated cheddar and a spring onion. Of course, you can add or take away their own favourite/not so favourite ingredients.
The bulk of this recipe is the bean salad, bursting with a colourful array of wholesome veggies like yellow pepper, cherry tomatoes and carrots. The star of the show, though, is the protein-rich three-bean salad, which consists of kidney beans, green beans and garbanzo beans.
What do you get when you combine a sandwich with a salad? Why, a salad wrap, of course. It’s the perfect meal to pack into a lunch box, as you don’t need to devote extra space to pack a separate salad.
Vegetarian wraps needn’t be boring for your kids either. Add in plenty of crunchy veg like lettuce and cucumbers for texture, as well as cheddar and houmous for flavour, and you have yourself a super-salad wrap that’s as super-tasty as it is healthy. Do give it a try!
Fruity Skewers with Yoghurt Dip
If you want to help your child get their five-a-day while also satisfying their sweet tooth, fruits are the way to go. And if your little one is fussy about eating their fruit, then sticking it onto a skewer can make it fun for them. You can even get your kid involved in making their fruit skewers, from choosing their desired fruits to helping chop them up (with your supervision, of course). You can also make a sweet yoghurt dip for the skewers using just plain yoghurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon.
Will you be trying any of these recipes out for school lunch boxes?
Until next time…