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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

>> May 29, 2017



Bento boxes

By using mini personalised bento boxes inside your child’s lunch box, you can make it fun for them to open up their lunch. During the spring and summer, fill one pot with their favourite salad items, and you could even make a smiley face with the ingredients! Add in some pasta for a yummy pasta salad, and your child will be thanking you when they get home. Use your bento box to include natural yoghurt with honey, some cherry tomatoes, or a honey-mustard dip for carrot and cucumber batons.

Sandwich Alternatives

Sandwiches can get boring, and they’re also not too healthy! They can contain up to 20% of your daily intake of sodium, plus the choice of fillings may be upping the calories and fat percentage. Choose wholemeal bread with healthy fillings, or go for a wrap! They are quick and easy to make - just pack with plenty of salad and some lean protein for an extra tasty school lunch. Bagels with low-fat cream cheese make a delicious alternative to sandwiches too.

Tacos

Use whole-wheat tortillas with low-fat refried beans to create healthy mouth-watering tacos. Just add some lettuce and grated cheese, and there’ll be smiles all round. Perhaps a side of salsa might go down well too!

Healthier Versions Of Foods

Instead of giving your children crisps in their lunch box, try sweet potato chips, vegetable crisps or other savoury snacks. They still taste great, but they’ll be so much healthier than your usual brand. If you want to stick with your kid’s favourite crisps, you could give them half a packet emptied into a container, therefore decreasing the amount of junk food they are consuming.

Fruit & Veg

A piece of fruit is vital to any healthy lunch. Don’t let it get boring though – give your child a new piece of fruit every day or every other day in their lunch box so they can look forward to trying it! This is also a great way to get 1 or 2 of their 5 a day consumed within one meal. Strawberries, cherries, grapes and slices of apple are great additions to any lunchbox.

Sweet Treats

Alternatives to high-sugar chocolate bars can include popcorn or flapjack, each with a drizzle of chocolate on top. It will satisfy their sweet tooth while being a lot healthier for their growing bodies.

Mix & Match

Fill a bento box with pre-cooked pasta, and other smaller containers with the toppings – for example, tomatoes, chunks of mozzarella, yummy fresh basil, chicken and a healthy pasta sauce. The kids can then be in-charge of which toppings they choose to add when lunchtime comes around. They’ll also be enjoying the taste so much that they won’t even notice it’s healthy!

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