or lunches that won't be traded with friends or even thrown-away
can present a challenge to any parent. Yet healthy snacks and
lunches, like breakfasts, provide kids with the energy they need
throughout the day.
magical recipe for spicing up your child's lunchbox while keeping
preparation time to a minimum? Mix one part child involvement
with a teaspoon of planning and a pinch of creativity and your
child will thank you.
are more likely to eat their lunch when they've had some say in
what goes in their lunch box - whether that means helping to prepare
and pack it or submitting a weekly list to post on the refrigerator
of foods they'd like to have for lunch.
turn your child's lunch and snack-time into a delicious adventure,
try some of these quick and easy tips:
Top a celery stick with spreadable cheese and include some raisins
for kids to sprinkle on the cheese. Or for dessert, spread cream
cheese on apples and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
Kids love to dip – pack a small, portable container of your child's
favourite salad dressing with veggies (ranch is a big hit with
kids). Or dip fruit slices – apples, bananas, pears – in cream
cheese or fruit yogurt.
Cut sandwiches into shapes using cookie cutters the night before.
Yogurt in squeezable packages and string cheese are fun to eat
and easy to pack. Or include a trail mix of dried fruits, wholegrain
cereals and sunflower seeds to sprinkle over yogurt.
Unbuttered, unsalted popcorn and wholegrain cereals are healthy
snacks that pack easily and are handy to munch on during the day.
to mix it up. The same old lunch routine can get boring pretty
quickly, but even the smallest changes can bring a new twist to
an old idea. Try pitas instead of sandwich bread, substitute a
jam sandwich for cucumbers or bananas or make a trail mix of pretzels,
dried fruits and whole-grain cereals instead of crackers. Remember
kids often enjoy food combinations that may sound strange to you.