Getting kids to eat when you’re there to encourage them can be tough enough, but when they’re left to their own devices at school, that’s a whole new challenge entirely. So, we’ve come up with some healthy and tasty ideas you’ll love – and if you get them involved in the prep they’ll be even more excited to chow down come lunchtime. And make sure to check out tips on getting them off to a good start with a healthy breakfast
Pick ’N’ Mix
Fussy eaters often prefer to be given a choice of lunch options in small, tempting amounts. Fill an array of tiny plastic containers or a lunchbox with lots of little compartments with different ‘snacky’ foods. Try…
- mini pita breads or breadsticks
- yellow or red pepper slices
- carrot sticks
- cherry tomatoes
- some cream cheese or hummus for dipping.
And for dessert…
- A little pot of grapes
- fresh fruit salad with yogurt and honey for dunking
We all know getting kids to eat their veggies can be a battle, but being clever with presentation can get you far. In a plastic box, create a base of cold roasted new potatoes, couscous or whole-wheat pasta, then layer a few of their favorite ingredients on top. A few suggestions:
- sweet corn
- cherry tomatoes
- capers and olives.
Separating the ingredients by color will create a fun rainbow they’ll be excited to show off and eat. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to make an extra one for yourself – you need a bit of fun at lunchtime, too!
Soup up their sweet treats
In addition to fruit, a dessert will no doubt be expected! Here’s where you can hide some extra nutritional benefits – make your own ‘oaty’ flapjacks, brownies or cookies, but add in lots of healthy and easy-to-hide ingredients like
- chopped nuts
- chia seeds
- apple sauce instead of oil
- even sweet potato and avocado!
Alternatively, a little pot of sweet popcorn is a healthy option you can give them with confidence.
Have any fun lunch ideas of your own to share? Tell us in the comments below.