Tempting as it is to sweeten our kids’ days by filling their lunchboxes with sugary treats, it’s really the healthy, balanced meals that will give them the best energy boost for the day. Here are a few low-GI, low-fat, energy-boosting lunchbox ideas that you can 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 eating 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!