Ideas for healthy lunch boxes

It is possible to pack your child a nutritious lunch box that will actually come home at the end of the day empty and eaten.

Try these tips:

  • Think about what your child likes to eat at home and try to translate that into a lunch box option.
  • Vegetables are often overlooked in the lunch box. Try cutting up some carrot sticks or putting in a handful of cherry tomatoes.
  • While the humble apple is a great lunch box filler (sturdy and hard to squash), consider cutting softer fruit up and putting it into a smaller container for protection. Berries and kiwi fruit survive very well this way.
  • Dairy can be hard to include, particularly in hot weather. If you can't safely get a yoghurt into the lunch box, make sure you offer dairy when she comes home from school.
  • Last night's leftovers in a container with a small spoon can make a welcome change to the parade of endless sandwiches.
  • Try putting together a small picnic in her lunch box - slices of ham, grated carrot, grated cheese and some bread and butter - so she can build her own sandwich.
  • Stick to water in the drink bottle - most juices are full of sugar and make the drink-bottle smelly. They also don't do a very good job of quenching thirst.

Sources:
www.healthykids.com
www.feedingyourkids.com

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