Skip the usual sandwiches and start thinking out-of-the lunch box.
A sandwich for lunch always saves the day! Bread, Spread, lettuce, tomato, ham, egg, wrap it up on a brown bag and you’re feeling assured your kids will finish it up to the last crumb. We understand you’ve grown tired of your child’s excuse on coming home with a half eaten meal. Has it occurred to you that your kids’ palates have given a white flag to that same old sandwich meal?READ MORE 46 Healthy After School Snack Ideas
1. Adorable Animal Sandwiches
Animate their favourite animals into their sandwich meals!
2. Balanced Paleo Meals
Oops! I’m not forcing my kids to go on a paleo diet but I just want them to slowly cut out the processed crap. What makes a food complete and nutritious is if it contains protein, healthy fats and nutrients from fruits, veggies or fish and meat. I make sure they’re stored in a way it won’t get messy until the mid-day.
3. A little piece of everything
Let your kids choose a variety of veggies and fruits they want to have in their lunchbox. You’ll soon realise the food will more likely be in their bellies than in the bin.
4. Healthy alternatives
If your kids find sandwiches to be boring, try to give alternatives like biscuits, pretzels or crackers. You can also make a skewer using a meat and cheese. Some fruits such as a plum and berries can be substituted for sweet treats.
5. Pasta wheel and Ham Strips
Who could refuse this delectable pasta and ham meal? You won’t be worried anymore if they’re playing with the food so long as it still find its way to their mouth.
6.Whole wheat berry muffins
Treat them to a nutritious sweet muffin and rolled up some ham or hotdogs to this dish.
7. Bento Lunch ideas
Kids can go Japanese with yummy bento lunch! And it doesn’t need chopsticks.
8. Yummy Mini Taco Wraps
If you’re afraid your kids won’t like the taste of black beans and salsa, worry no more this idea makes it simple for you.
9. A Three Compartment Lunch Boxes
It provides a great, fast and convenient storage for all the items you will stuff in your kid’s lunch.
10. Quesadilla Delights
There’s no one in my pack who hates cheese! Chunk in some fresh goodies such as guacamole, apple sticks, pineapple chunks or tortilla chips.
11. No-roll Spring Rolls
Either you’ll use a rice paper wrapper or a healthy alternative like lettuce, these rolls make eating more fun and healthy. Stuff them up with tofu, minced pork or chicken and bell peppers and you’re assured they’re having the energy they need for the day. Try to include cubed cheese, blueberries or chocolate for a dessert treat.
12. Sushi rice balls
Did you say bun? Ditch your buns and go with rice, cheese, green veggies and apple slices then roll it to finish.
13. Drool over with the leftover
We know kids can frequently leave the table with so many leftovers. Here’s a solution to that. Just slice all the leftovers into bite size, add hard-boiled egg and a squeezable yoghurt drink.
14. A Picnic Leftover Gimmick
Had a leftover from the weekend picnic? They’ll hardly notice it when you stuff it onto their boxes. Just make sure they’re getting only the healthy bites by sticking some broccoli with ranch or garlic dip, potato or coleslaw salad, fruit and a marshmallow brownie.
15. Sandwich Kebabs
There’s so many ways to eat a sandwich and this is by the far the most ingenious idea ever.
16. Mini Bagels
Put on their favourite spread on these mini bagels with fruits, a fruit leather and string cheese.
17. DIY Pizza
Teach them to make their own pizza!
18. A Salad in Disguise
Your kids will most likely finish all the veggies when you follow Lisa Cook’s advice.
“In these lunches they have lettuce on the bottom, and then a little variety of veggies depending on what each kid will eat, layered on top and in separate sections so as to keep them mostly separated. The veggies include: sugar snap peas, celery, carrots, tomatoes, and sweet red peppers. They all have some cheese for protein, and two of them also have turkey. One child likes to dip in ranch dressing so she got a little container of it. The rest don’t like dressing or dip at all. On the side they have grapes and rice crackers.”
19. Cut-out stackers
A cookie cutter can help your kid’s lunch fun and easy. Instead of slicing a cheese, cut it into a bird, heart or a star using a cookie cutter.
20. Hearty Pasta
Fun shapes always do the treat. Comfort food won’t be a problem. Just add some red or white sauce, a shaped gluten-free sandwich and lots and lots of veggies and fruits.