Healthy lunchbox ideas
July 02, 2019 By Southpoint Tuggeranong
Dreading the cold starts while trying to organise the same old kids’ food in the morning? Think outside the lunchbox with these eight quick and healthy recipes to see the little ones through the entire school day, minus the mid-arvo sugar crash.
These rich chocolatey muffins are butter- and egg-free, so they can accommodate for allergies with no compromise on taste! They’ll fool the kids into thinking they’re getting a regular sugar-laden batch but with the added nutrition of avocado and Greek yogurt.
Tip: Double the ingredients to make twice the batch and freeze the leftovers to save yourself time next week.
Like KFC, but without the hidden nasties like preservatives and lashings of oil. By creatively using sweet potato in the crumb, you can get those vegetables in without fussy kids being any the wiser.
Tip: These tenders can do double time in lunchboxes! Pop some sauce in for kids to dip them into or make a tasty sandwich out of them.
This sweet treat has just three ingredients. Plus, you can whack them in the oven for a couple of hours and forget about them while you iron uniforms or organise school bags.
Tip: Keep chips crisp in an airtight container or Ziploc bag with a sheet of paper towel to absorb excess moisture.
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Hear us out. These are actually yummier than they sound, thanks to some tasty cheese and an oven-baked crunch – making them the perfect finger food for the littlest of hands.
Tip: It’s an unfortunate fact that kids like food they can play with. Packaging something healthy into a bite-size tot will make veg a lot more appealing.
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Most kids could live off simple foods like grilled cheese, but where’s the fun (or nutrients) in that? Up your boring sandwich game with these quesadillas made with wholegrain tortillas and veggies.
Tip: If the kids start to tire of even quesadillas, try making sandwiches using different breads. Bread rolls, pita bread, bagels, fruit loaf, focaccia, crispbreads, rice cakes, corn thins – the bread world is your oyster!
Who doesn’t love breakfast for lunch? Make extra food when you have a nice breakfast on the weekend and save the leftovers for lunches with some fresh fruit. We’re talking boiled eggs, mini frittatas or pancakes, and muffins.
Tip: Balance it out. Add some fresh orange juice, veg such as carrot sticks or cherry tomatoes, and extra protein like ham, baked beans or Greek yogurt.
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Despite the obvious lack of grease you’d get from a takeaway pizza, the added benefit of making your own is having the kids involved. Get them excited to eat their greens by letting them top the pizzas themselves.
Tip: Buy Lebanese bread rounds or make your own base with wholemeal flour, cauliflower rice or even quinoa for a healthy alternative.
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Did you grow up with chocolate milk and juice boxes in your lunchbox? It’s all about smoothies in 2019. Make a big batch packed with fresh fruit and a little spinach – if you can swing it – and you’ll be set for a few days.
Tip: Smoothies are a great opportunity to hide extra nutrition in your kids’ food. Chia seeds, flaxseed or psyllium husk add that extra hit of fibre, omega-3 and antioxidants, meaning they keep your kids fuller for longer.