It may be easy to throw prepackaged foods into a lunch box but with a little planning you can make a kid friendly meal that will keep your little one going all afternoon at school or camp. To keep energy levels up its best to have well balanced, tasty and healthy high protein snacks at the ready. Buying over processed foods are costly and are filled with sugars and salt.
Let your child choose their own lunchbox but consider a box that is insulated so you can send dip for fresh vegetables, fruit yogurt and juice. Allowing your child to choose and prepare their own lunch will pique their interest in the meal and likely ensure that they eat it. You can help guide young kids with healthy choices and portion sizes.
Some healthy foods your child can choose from may include:
- Whole grain bread or crackers;
- Peanut butter;
- Light canned tuna fish;
- Raw vegetables that can be cut into snack size slices; and
Encourage your child to make sandwiches with whole grain breads, bagels, tortillas or wraps (fun if they are colourful). Some practical lunch tips may consist of a sandwich made with peanut butter and jelly; lean meat or tuna fish; cut up vegetables; fruit; milk and 100% juice. You can also mix diced chicken with chopped grapes and light mayonnaise for a yummy chicken salad. An old favourite is slicing bananas and adding them to peanut butter sandwiches. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by choosing colourful varieties. Keep them smiling by giving them cantaloupe or watermelon cut into fun shapes this can be done by using cookie cutters. A low fat yogurt, whole wheat crackers and fruit. Stew in a thermos with a whole wheat roll and fruit. Dried fruit is a good substitute for fresh fruit too. A slice of thin crust pizza and some fruit or vegetables.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you and your child with the daily task of lunch box planning. If you’re looking for more info on my aforementioned protein regime check out my other posts or sara’s blog at www.bestproteinpowderFORwomen.me