With your little ones going back to school soon, you’re no doubt already thinking about packed lunches and how to make them both healthy, exciting and affordable. Here’s some inspiration for you.
1 On balance
A healthy, balanced diet is essential for children, but do you need some guidance on how that should translate to your child’s lunch box? You’ll find some great ideas from the NHS here and even more recipe inspiration here
2Involve your kids
If you have fussy eaters, invite them to help you prep and plan their lunches – they’ll be more likely to eat something they’ve had a hand in making. If you let them choose what they want, offer a small range of options, and as you go on make those options more diverse to entice them to try more and more new foods.
3Beyond the sandwich
If you want to liven up a lunchbox, there are plenty of other things you can try instead of a standard sarnie. Give wholemeal wraps or pitta pockets a go. Or why not turn their sandwich into a snake? Cut the ingredients into small shapes and layer them onto a skewer – so add a piece of buttered bread, add a piece of fruit or veg, add another bit of bread, then fruit or veg and so on. You can top it with a piece of fruit or veg to create the snake’s head.
4Make healthy fun
There are lots of ways to make a healthy lunch seem more enticing. Draw speech bubbles with a funny message on a banana. Or why not give your lunch box a theme? You could do an ‘out of this world’ lunch, for example, with sandwiches cut into star and planet shapes, and draw an alien face with three eyes on a green apple.
If you’re doing a fruit salad for your child’s lunch, make sure to include some frozen berries. they’ll defrost in time for lunch, but will handily help keep everything else in your bag cool in the meantime.
When it comes to drinks, it’s best to simply fill up your little one’s bottle with water. Let them chose their own bottle so they’re excited about drinking out of it, but if that still doesn’t encourage them to drink enough water, try packing refreshing fruit flavoured Hydro Waters instead.