Has your child recently started preschool or crèche? If so you know how important it is to pack a healthy lunch for them every day. As parents with busy schedules it can sometimes be difficult to come up with new ideas for lunchtime every day. We all get into the habit of packing them quickly the same lunch on a daily basis, why not try something new and good for their health? We have put together a list of some fun, creative and healthy lunchbox ideas that are guaranteed to have your little one excited about break time. Take a look at these suggestions!
Ants on a Log
Ants on a Log are a healthy and fun treat to pack in your child’s lunchbox. They’re simple to make, you and your son or daughter can make them together. All you need is celery, peanut butter and raisins. Simply fill the celery sticks with the peanut butter. If you want to make sure you do so neatly and avoid making a mess we recommend you pipe the peanut butter on. All you need is a small plastic bag, cut off one of the corners and pipe the peanut butter onto the celery stick. After that top it off with some raisins and ta da, you’ve got ants on a log!
In order to encourage our children to eat fruit sometimes we have to get a little bit imaginative to make it work. Why not try apple cartwheels? All you need is a cored apple and the following ingredients to fill it up with. Stuff the cored apples with a mixture of peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips and raisins. Then slice in perfect circles. Would any child really need any more incentive to eat their fruit in the preschool?
No, these are not just for cookies. Use cookie cutters to impress your kids by making lots of fun shapes out of their lunchtime snacks. You can make star shaped sandwiches or elephant shaped cheese. Cookie cutters can be found in so many different varieties and used in on so many different foods. It can be very easy to make something look fun and appealing to children. Its time to get creative in the kitchen. The more effort that we put into preparing our children’s food the better the outcome, and the healthier they will also become more likely to eat healthy foods.
Leftovers for Lunch
Why not make the most of yesterday’s leftovers and use them for your little one’s lunch? Have you got leftover chicken or turkey? Use it to make a yummy wrap for lunch. Add some of your kid’s favorite greens and vegetables and top off with some tasty salad dressing. Delicious!
Kebabs- Ham, Cheese & Fruit
Fruit kebabs are one of the easiest ways to help your child get their five a day. They are simple to make and the ideal healthy snack for any lunchbox. Chop up some apples, bananas, strawberries, oranges and deli ham slices, or any combination you would prefer. Cut skewers in half to ensure that they will comfortably fit on in a standard lunch box. All you have to do now is slide the various slices of fruit and ham onto the skewer. Just like that you have a delicious, nutritious fruit and ham kebab ready for lunch!