Healthy school lunch ideas for kids

Healthy school lunch ideas for kids

One of the most serious issues when thinking of ideas for healthy lunch for your family is to ensure that your little champs will actually eat them.

There is no point setting up a lunch, if your children swap it with their class buddies, or when at home, just push it around the plate and expect that you do not take note.

Some valuable tips to prepare school lunch for your kids

  • Prepare things the day before school in the night. For instance, cut the vegetable or make the jelly etc. night before.
  • Allocate an area in your kitchen where you can keep all your supplies that would be used in lunch making. Store items like zip lock bags, disposable utensils, containers and insulated lunch boxes in one cabinet.

It will be convenient for you in the busy morning when you have to take care of other important tasks also.

  • Make your kids the part of the process of healthy eating.

You can do it by encouraging them to begin setting up their lunch and in the meantime instructing them about the healthy ingredients. From pizza to pasta and even sweet dishes, there are a lot of the varieties for the kids.

  • Before you open the refrigerator, give your children a chance to settle on lunch choices. It would be your most important step to the success. All you need to do is that just offer a few healthy alternatives every day to your kids.

After that, team up with your kids and assist them in making and packing their lunch. Furthermore, Give them a chance to spread on toppings, fill the baggies or wrapping the tortillas. Your youngster’s exertion will provide them with a feeling of pride and learns to eat healthily.

Healthy school lunch ideas for kids

In the event that your children need to take lunch consistently, you might come up with the shortage of ideas very soon. Kids cannot eat even their favorite foods on a regular basis. So, it is the time to change the schedule.

In this article, we will share some healthy, easy and delicious enough lunch ideas for kids. Let us proceed to the main part of the article.

  • Granola energy bars

Ingredients

¼ cup margarine or melted butter

½ cup organic brown sugar (you can adjust the quantity of brown sugar as per the sweetness of granola or your taste)

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

3 cup granola cereal

¼ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Method

First and foremost, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix melted butter or margarine and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add vanilla essence, eggs, and salt and beat it until you get smooth, creamy consistency.

Mix in granola and press into a baking dish. Bake it for approximately 30 minutes. Let it cool and cut into bars and cubes whatever shape you like.

  • Brownies made with carob powder

Carob is the substitute of chocolate and makes the baked items moist and dark. Children will love it for sure. Let us move towards this simple and delicious treat.

Ingredients

¼ cup margarine or you can use melted butter also

¼ cup organic honey

1 egg

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup hot water

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

½ cup carob powder

½ all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup walnuts (chopped)

Method

Preheat broiler to 400 degrees. Take a bowl and mix butter and honey well. Now, add and beat in eggs and vanilla essence. Mix carob powder, salt, baking powder and flour in another bowl. Now, mix it carefully into the butter mixture. Finally, add walnuts and hot water. After mixing it very well, transfer the mixture into the greased baking pan and bake it for almost 30 minutes. Let it cool and cut it into whatever shape do you like.

  • Vegetable sandwiches

Ingredients

2 or as many toasted slices as you want (you can make maximum 4 sandwiches with this mixture)

Two pinches of salt

Few slices of cucumber

Few slices of tomato

¼ cup grated carrot

½ mashed avocado

2 tablespoon of hummus

Method

Firstly, mix everything with hummus except cucumber and tomatoes in a mixing bowl. Now, spread mixture on toast and place cucumber and tomato slices also and cover it with other toast. Finally, cut the pieces into your desired shape. You can refrigerate these sandwiches also up to 5 hours.

  • Mixed bowl of fruits and nuts

Ingredients

½ cup walnuts

One cup dried cranberries

One cup peanuts (roasted and lightly salted)

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup cashew nuts

Method

Combine all nuts and fruits in a bowl. You can store it in an airtight jar also for approximately 3 weeks at room temperature.

  • Vegetable and cream cheese rolls

It can be the best healthy lunch if you make these rolls with whole grain tortilla.

Ingredients

4 tablespoons cream cheese

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ cup finely chopped cucumber

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Approximately 6 inches whole grain tortilla

½ cup baby spinach

½ cup grated carrot

Method

Mix everything in a bowl except cucumber and carrots at first place. Further, spread the mixture evenly on the tortilla and now place cucumber and carrot on it. Roll up the tortilla, and you can further cut it as per your convenience.

  • Another version of sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry

Your children will love this yummilicious sandwiches

Ingredients

Two tablespoons of cream cheese

¼ teaspoon orange or lemon zest

Two slices of whole wheat toasted slices

½ teaspoon organic honey

4 medium strawberries finely chopped

Method

Mix all the ingredients very well. Spread it on toast and cover it with another toast to make a sandwich. Now you can also cut it into the desired shapes.

  • Quick and easy to make corn

Ingredients

One cob of corn

Oil spray

Pinch of salt

Method

Firstly, rub salt and spray olive oil on the cob of the corn. Simply wrap it in the foil and almost microwave it for 4 minutes also.

While microwaving, turn the corn after 2 minutes to ensure that it is completely cooked. Your kids will surely love this juicy, chewy and nutritious corn in their lunchtime.

  • Some ideas for smoothies for kids

Smoothies made from fresh fruits are an incredible approach to give vitamins and minerals that you want to give your kid. Further, these smoothies will be nutritious and helpful in satisfying the sweet tooth of your child.

You can also use milk and coconut water as your liquid base. Moreover, you can also use yogurt to make smoothies as it is also the proper source of probiotics.

All you need to do is to just blend yogurt with any seasonal fruit, a dash of peanut butter also and blend it until you get creamy consistency. The healthy and nutritious smoothie is ready, fill the thermos and don’t forget to advise your kid to shake it before drinking.

  • Nuggets

By this recipe, you can make as many as 40 to 50 nuggets

Ingredients

3 pound chicken mince

2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon thyme (dried)

Method

Firstly, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Further, mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl very well. Moreover, add half bread crumbs into the chicken mixture and save remaining to coat the nuggets.

Further, Make nuggets from the mix, coat them in bread crumbs and place them on greased baking pan. After that, bake these nuggets for 20 to 25 minutes.

While baking, turn the nuggets after 10 to 12 minutes to ensure complete cooking from both sides. Give them to your kids in their lunch, and they will surely enjoy it.

The author has done masters in Biochemistry from the University of Karachi and a freelance content writer by profession. Writing is her passion, and her degree helped her a lot to write about health-related topics. She is the author of a research paper. The author conducted research on the patients of cardiac arrest.

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