Healthy vege-full lunchbox ideas
Making school lunchboxes every day that are appealing to your kids can be tricky, not to mention time consuming and stressful. Getting a nutritionally balanced variety into the lunchbox need not be a difficult and time-consuming task.
Kids get really bored if they eat the same things for lunch every day. Variety not only keeps them interested, but also gives them nutrients from a variety of sources as well. Remember, anything goes. Don’t be constrained by fruit and sandwiches.
Finding the right kind of lunchbox is also important. A lunchbox that has many compartments and is easy to open is key. It means your kids can pick what interests them first and they get to enjoy a variety of flavours.
And most importantly, make it easy for yourself. Left over dinners reinvented is a quick and easy way to get a variety of food into lunchboxes. Sometimes they require a bit of forethought, but here are some ideas for leftovers:
- If you’re making roast chicken, then cook an extra portion of drumsticks – these are a great way to add protein into the lunchbox as this is what will keep them full
- Same with casseroles and curries – cook extra portions of protein, then fish it out the sauce and add to wraps or rolls for a tasty protein filled filling
- If you’re steaming veges, add in some whole eggs. Boiled eggs can be used in a variety of ways for lunchboxes
- Meatballs are another great favourite – make smaller bit sized meatballs which can be eaten ‘as is’ or added to a sandwhich
So how do you make a nutritionally balanced lunchbox?
- Add a little fruit
- Add some vegetables or salad. This could be in the form of carrot sticks, cucumber slices, or leftover cooked veges from dinner last night.
- Dips are good. Whether it’s hummus with crackers or carrots sticks, choose a dip made with a vege such as hummus or pesto
- Try to buy ‘real’ nourishing bread
- Limit the sugary snacks. All kids enjoy a sweet treat, so try to include homemade wholesome options such as banana muffins
Other ideas include:
- Full fat or Greek yogurt with berries and seeds, or a flavoured yogurt
- Vege pikelets are like fritattas. They go great if you use leftover veges from last night’s dinner
- Pumpkin muffins that are as healthy as they are yummy
- Raw raspberry and chocolate slice is a super healthy and sweet treat your kids will love
- Savoury muffins you can put a range of vege into these muffins. Our favourite are the pumpkin muffins which are a healthy sweet treat
- Chocolate beetroot cake your kids will wolf down this yummy sweet that’s loaded with sweet and healthy beetroot treat.
- Ham and zucchini quiche. A perfect combination of protein and vege,they make a great lunchbox filler
- Vege quesadillas can be made with almost any filling plus cheese
- Fruity muesli slice
- Cheese and crackers a staple in most people’s pantry. Pick your kid’s favourite cheese and try out a variety of crackers. You get some lovely healthy multigrain crackers in the stores.
A note about nuts - A lot of schools have a no nuts policy. If this is the case then use breakfast and dinner to add portions of nuts, as they’re a great source of omega and fatty acids.
Persistence is key with veges. They say that it can take up to 10 times of trying a particular food before kids will eat or like it, so keep on trying to introduce your kids to a variety of flavours and textures and it will pay off in the long run.
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