Getting back to the school routine also means getting ready to prepare your kids daily lunchbox. Snacks often take a big part of a child’s diet and so it is important to keep a list of healthy ideas to get them used to healthy eating, especially at school since they often take regular breaks, and this is when a nutritious snack should come handy.
Packing healthy meals is essential, however it is important to make sure your child actually eats the food!
Creativity and variety are key when it comes to encouraging kids to get excited about opening their lunch box.
Here are Right Bite's top healthy snacks/meal ideas that your kids will love! :
1. Veggie Quesadillas
Lay out a slice of whole wheat tortilla bread then add up a variety of sautéed veggies, black beans, spinach, peppers or mushrooms, then top with light mozzarella cheese for taste!
2. Baked Sweet potato chips
Toss thin slices of sweet potatoes in a drizzle of olive oil, lay them out on a baking tray then top with black pepper, sea salt and oregano!
Who doesn't love home-made pop-corn? A great snack to munch on at school with less calories and fats as compared to commercial crisps.
4. Fruit Kabobs
A great way to get your kids to eat their rainbow! Add up a variety of fruits such as strawberries, grapes, or even pineapple. Up protein by including low fat cheese options such as Halloumi cheese or fresh mozzarella cut into cubes.
5. Hummus & Cucumber wrap
When hummus is not a dip, we have it in wraps! Add up hummus on whole-wheat tortilla wraps and include vegetables of choice (Cucumber, tomatoes or even peppers)
Hummus is packed with protein and gives a feeling of satiety.
6. Dried fruit energy nuggets
Want a sweet tooth fix other than candies? Fruit energy balls will surely do it. Mix dates with dried fruits such as apricots & cranberries, then coat with coconut and sesame seeds, oh yum!
7. Cheddar and apple Sandwich
Fruit and cheese can never go wrong! Kids will enjoy the sweet and salty combination.
Preparing a healthy school lunch box is essential since kids are easily influenced by the surrounding food options, whether at school or amongst their peers.
Getting creative with the colors and the presentation of the food will most likely make them skip unhealthy options, so you win!