11 Healthy Eating Ideas for Kids Lunch Box

Kids are notoriously difficult to please. They need food that is both tasty and healthy. No matter how nutritious the snack is that you’ve spent ages in the kitchen to prepare, if it doesn’t appeal to them, all your hard work goes to waste!

Read on below to get inspired with ideas that will help you boost your child’s health and captivate their taste buds at the same time! Also know how to eat healthy on a low budget.

Rice Noodle Salad

Can be packed into the lunch box with a noodle base 
  • 1 handful of mixed sprouts,
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into wedges
  • 1 handful of snow peas, trimmed
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 cup rice noodles, cooked and chopped into small lengths
  • You can add your choice of dressing, as well as some type of protein.
  • Combine the salad ingredients.
  • Pack the salad with any salad dressing separately.
  • Divide the salad across lunch boxes and any remainder can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

Zucchini Waffles

Looking for something different? Here's a yummy and fun way to get our kids to eat more veggies! They can be frozen and reheated for those snack-time emergencies.

  • 200g zucchini 
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 100gms tasty cheese
  • Half brown onion
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Grate zucchini and put them into a sieve and salt well. Allow to stand for 10 minutes, then squeeze out any extra moisture.
* Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well until combined.
* Have your waffle iron well-greased and heated up.
* Add half a cup of the batter to the waffle iron.
* Cook until golden and serve immediately.

 

Quick Mini Quiches

Tasty and convenient, these are perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. 

  • vegetable oil spray
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 cup of creamed corn
  • 50g extra light tasty cheese, grated
Heat oven to 180°C ( 160 °C fan forced) Grease a muffin tray with oil. 
Mix all ingredients together and spoon into pan. Fill the muffin cavity to only two-thirds full. Bake for 25-30 minutes until set in the middle. 

Eat warm or cold. These are excellent for lunch boxes, added with some colourful vegetable sticks and cherry tomatoes.

Before storing cooked quiches, allow the quiches to cool completely before storing in the fridge in an airtight container.

Other ingredients can be added when making this recipe. You can change it up to suit your family's preferences.

 

    Sweet Potato Wedges with Yoghurt Dip

    A fun dish your kids will happily share with friends at school. All you need are sweet potatoes, rosemary, garlic, olive oil, plain yoghurt, ground cumin, lemon juice, freshly chopped dill, ground white pepper and thinly sliced green shallots.

    Rope in the help of your kids and share some quality family time for the following steps:

    • Enlist their help to toss wedges in a large bowl with rosemary, garlic and olive oil. This step is perfect for kids if you want them to be involved.
    • You’ll need to place the wedges on a greased tray and bake in an oven preheated to 220 °C for 20 minutes. Get your kids to arrange the wedges on the tray if they’ve been particularly mischievous.
    • Let your kids help with this step if they’re interested and curious – making the yoghurt dip by mixing yoghurt, shallots, cumin, lemon juice, dill and pepper.

    Apples and Peanut Butter

    Simple, tasty and packed with health. As the name suggests, the only two things required are apples and peanut butter.

    • Leave the skin on to maximize its nutritional quotient.
    • Spread the peanut butter evenly on the inner sharp edge of each slice.

    Frozen Fruit Slushie

    This is a healthy and convenient idea for a refreshing and lip-smacking treat. The best part is you can mix and match ingredients according to your taste and convenience. Feel free to swap out any number of ingredients for other fruits. No specific quantity is mentioned below as this idea doesn’t need specific amounts to work.

    You can make this with strawberries, oranges, blueberries, bananas, lemon juice and pineapple. Just combine crushed fruit, strawberries, bananas, blueberries and lemon juice in a large vessel. Portion into handy cups with lids or jam jars and freeze. 

    This treat can be had frozen or thawed, like a slurpee. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon!

    Cheese Plate Lunch Box

    Cheese appeals to a wide variety of palettes. It lends itself to a number of snacks that are easy to prepare and taste great. It is delicious on its own and versatile at the same time. This treat is enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and apart from a lunchbox, is perfect for a variety of occasions.

    This idea is both filling and nutritious, as it contains proteins, carbs and delicious fruits.

    Just keep the following at hand and rustle up a killer snack whenever required:

    • Chunks of varieties of cheese of your preference
    • Red and green grapes
    • Sliced apple
    • Salted and roasted nuts, like almonds
    • Dried fruit, for example apricots
    • Pretzel crisps (use for making canapes)

    Parfait Lunchbox

    This idea can double up as a  breakfast option as well. It is perfect as a refreshing lunch for kids. This is sure to be a hit among those with a sweet tooth and those who cannot resist a parfait!

    Arrange small portions of granola, coconut flakes, blueberries, raspberries and roasted almonds. Kids can have fun assembling these ingredients on their own at school. All they need to add to make it ready-to-eat are some yogurt and berries. Yummy and awesome!

    Conclusion!

    Healthy eating is very important in early ages of children. So, prepare these yummy recipes for little super heroes and fill them with your love and nutrition. You can head to www.jimshomefresh.com.au to order fruit and vegetables and other pantry needs today, to help you with feeding your happy and healthy family.


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