Every school day, in every corner of the globe, moms face the same dilemma: How do I pack a healthy lunch that my kid will actually eat and won’t pitch in the bin?
The must haves:
- Portable. Items should be easy to carry and not require heating.
- Leak-proof. There is nothing worse than a soggy lunch.
- Squish-free. Nobody wants to eat a smashed banana or squashed sandwich.
- Nutritious. The right mix of protein, veggies, and fruits needs to fuel their brains and energy levels through the afternoon.
- Tastes great! You want your kid to finish every last morsel.
We’re offering up a week’s worth of easy, flexible options. As a bonus, most of the ingredients can be purchased at our online shop and delivered right to your door, freeing up more time for what you’d rather be doing...pedicure? pilates? pumpkin carving?
Stick it to ‘Em
What kid doesn’t love eating food on a stick? Simple grilled kebabs that pair a healthy, lean protein (chicken, beef, or tofu) with veggies like capsicum, onions, zucchini, and carrots at dinner do double duty for lunch the next day. These are delicious at room temp or chilled. Add a slice of pita, then toss in an apple and some Whole Kids cookies as a treat.
Sounds weird to an adult, but kids don’t mind cold or room temp quesadillas — because, well, CHEESE! These are fast to make and come together in a flash on even the busiest of mornings. Simply place a tortilla in a heavy, dry skillet over medium heat. Put some grated cheese on top. Then, top with a second tortilla. Melt. Flip. Cool slightly and cut into triangles. No tortilla or wrap on hand? Chapatis work just as well. Add some guacamole and chips to the lunchbox just for fun — kids don’t need to know that avocados pack a powerful nutrition punch. Put in a half cup of sweet, ripe blueberries and you’re ready to go.
It’s a Wrap
Spring rolls are fun to eat — and make. Chicken with shredded carrots and cucumbers rolled into rice paper is yummy, simple, and a great way to use up last night’s leftovers. Try spreading a tortilla with peanut butter and strawberry jam, add some thinly sliced apples and roll it up. Beans and rice are nice — smear a little guacamole on your tortilla, add some cooked rice, black beans and top with whatever shredded cheese you have on hand. Round out the packed lunch with some juicy strawberries and a few squares of dark chocolate, just for fun (and for the antioxidants!).
Dunk or scoop; however they do it, you can be sure they’ll finish it all when you pack up their favourite dip with carrots, cucumber, capsicum, celery sticks, and crunchy flatbreads. Hummus is the obvious choice, but also try baba ganoush or a gorgeously coloured beetroot dip. Keep the theme going by adding a sweet dip too — pair vanilla yogurt with berries or melon wedges.
Not Just for Breakfast Anymore
When you’re enjoying that leisurely weekend fry-up, make some extras for a quick grab-n-go lunch during the week. High-protein boiled eggs keep well. Pancakes, waffles, muffins — they’re all good. Just add some fruit and you’ve got a complete meal. And what kid wouldn’t love cheating the system and eating a waffle for lunch?!