If your kids are anything like mine, then you will empathise with my daily struggle to get good healthy food into their lunch time meals. But there is a way… (thankfully)
What we need to do here is jazz up the lunch box, do away with the standard bread for the sandwiches and try some pitta bread (wholemeal if you can) Tip: My children often pick out things like cherry tomatoes or peppers etc so what I do is I make a kind of coleslaw, this is mainly to hide the different veggies but also, it just makes it much more difficult/messy for them to pull out – I know, devious right?…
Another similar tactic I like to employ is to hide/mix the fruit in with yoghurt – for the same reason as above :)
I have different ways of getting fruit into their meals such as making my own fruit flap jacks or making fruit & yoghurt smoothies (these go down a real treat) to send them to school with.
I replaced unhealthy crisps with carrot sticks and for a few days, I would find them still in the lunch box at the end of the day. The problem, I discovered after asking was my son, was he didn’t mind carrots but they were a little plain for him, so I made a healthy sour cream dip – recipe below, and voila! problem solved.
Obviously, this will be an ever changing game as I’m quite sure they will get bored of something at some point, but the key here is always to keep things fresh and switch things up as often as possible and if you get stuck for ideas just keep checking our blog for new tips and ideas.
Recipe – Healthy sour cream dip alternative.
Put the cottage cheese, lemon juice or vinegar, in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s smooth like sour cream. Depending on your blending appliance, you may need to stop blending periodically, scrape down the sides, stir, and blend some more until it’s smooth.
and that’s it, easy right? You could also add some chives if you want to liven things up even more.