Whether the kids are sitting in classrooms or virtual lessons this year, they still need a healthy balanced meal to keep them going. Here are a few low GI, low fat, energy-boosting lunchbox ideas that you can even prep ahead of time.
Important tip: With any of the meals below, include fruit, nuts and/or a low-fat yoghurt as a snack and as many crunchy green veggies as you like. Also, choose juice or water over sugary drinks for a healthier alternative.
We usually think of sandwiches when we think of lunchboxes, but it’s a good idea to think about what type of bread and fillings you’re easting to boost energy and maintain a healthy weight.
For a healthy sandwich, include:
Are the kids tired of sandwiches? Bento boxes are originally from Japan and contain single-portion meals that are divided into compartments and don’t need to be heated. We decided to get creative and include healthy finger food for a variety of nibbles at lunchtime.
For a healthy bento box, include:
Who says you can’t pack breakfast foods for lunch? Most kids eat their packed lunches around 10:00 anyway, so it is brunchtime!
For a healthy brunch box, include:
Many avoid carbohydrates, but carbs in moderation gives young bodies and minds essential fuel for learning.
For a healthy pasta treat, include:
Gone are the days of bland boiled veggies. There may be no better way to enjoy a range of fresh veggies than in a tasty stir fry and why not pack it for lunch? Veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as roughage.
For a healthy stir fry, include:
Serving suggestion: Fry in olive oil, and season with low sodium soy sauce and honey, or fresh lime juice. Serve with a quarter (1/4) cup of cooked brown rice or one (1) cup of cooked rice noodles for a low GI carb option.
Another great tip:
If your kids are fussy eaters, it may be a good idea to supplement their diets with vitamins and minerals that you can buy over-the-counter (OTC). Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice on what is best for your child, but remember that nothing beats fresh fruit and veg!