To keep our growing little ones going until home time, lunch should be a mix of complex carbohydrate, protein and fruit and or vegetables. Although its tempting to pop a sweet treat in too, its best to keep these for the many parties or play-dates that will include these less healthy options, rather than have them expect it every day!
Children often eat better without parents around and when eating with their peers, so use their lunchbox as an opportunity to offer something new or that they’re not always willing to eat at home, but limit it to one thing and the rest they like so they don’t go hungry!
Here are some ideas to help pack a nutritious lunchbox.
Pick one carbohydrate, one protein and one fruit/vegetable any extra’s you think they need or will enjoy!
Carbohydrate Wholemeal bread for sandwich Cold cooked wholemeal or brown rice pasta Buckwheat crackers (Amisa), oat cakes (Nairns) or strips of pitta bread Cold new potatoes or roasted sweet potato chunks
Other Carb Extras:
Home made or Tyrrells Popcorn
Slice of Home made banana loaf
Goodies cereal bar
Protein Cheese, smoked salmon, tuna, occasional ham, egg or chicken Pot of cheese cubes, sliced chicken or hard boiled egg Hummus, guacamole or cream cheese for dipping into or practice spreading Slice of frittata or home-made quiche
Other Proteins extras:
Cold veggie sausages e.g. Cauldrons
Sunflower seeds or Pine nuts (actually a seed)
Cauldron Falafel balls or Waitrose Sweet Potato Falafel
Fruit & vegetables Carrot sticks or sliced pepper Sliced cucumber and berries or a small banana Little pot of berries, raisins, cranberries (Crazy Jacks) or a date Vegetable sticks or banana, apple or pear