There’s so much more to think about what goes into a child’s lunchbox these days. The world is definitely more educated about allergies and food restrictions and that’s good thing because protecting our children is a parent’s most important job. So how can you ensure your little one gets all the nutrition of a good lunch and snack without being harmful to others? Let’s find out!
Planning ahead definitely makes lunchbox preparation significantly easier! Not only does it remove the stress of it all, it also can save you more money when makes grocery shopping because you know what you’re buying, instead of winging it and getting things that may work for their lunches.
Create a daily menu for the week ahead that includes fresh fruit and veggies, freshly prepared foods and some maybe leftovers from last night’s dinner. Having appropriate containers helps with not limiting your choices of what to serve your kids — food jar thermoses are great for soups, stews and chilis.
Need ideas for lunches? Ask your kids! Now granted they may ask for unreasonable or unexpected things but that’s where you come in as a parent. Nothing is worse than your child coming home from school with a half eaten lunch — if they get to help choose, they’ll be more excited to eat and finish their lunch.
Fine dining is all about taste and presentation so why is that any different with school lunches? Fresh, beautiful food is much more likely to be eaten than off-colored and lifeless produce. A corn-free citric acid solution can keep apples and other light coloured fruit from becoming brown. Solution: mix 5 ml of citric acid with 1 litre of cool water — add fruit slices and allow to soak for at least 5 minutes but do not rinse. Consider presenting fruits in different way or something simple like homemade fruit dips or kabobs.
Your kids are much more likely to eat raw vegetables versus cooked. Cut up a bunch of raw veggies and change things up with different healthy dippers like hummus or Baba Ghanoush, Remember to store carrot and celery sticks in a container of water in the fridge, this will keep them looking good!
Kids just can’t eat fruits and veggies, they’ll need protein to keep them going as well. Protein foods not only work great as sandwich fillings, but they’re also handy as salad toppings like cubed chicken or sunflower seeds. Bagels topped with peanut butter and banana slices or deli meat roll-ups.
The possibilities are endless so let your imagination run wild coupled with school safe food so no matter what you put in their lunchbox, it’ll be an adventure for sure!