The New Year is here, and why not take this as an opportunity for your family to start eating healthier. Making healthy meals at home is easy once you get into the routine and habit, but one area where we often slip up is our kid’s lunches. Sending lunch to school can feel like a chore, but with some easy nutritious recipes, you will be able to pack some great lunches that your kids will love.
Here are lunchbox ideas for a healthy school year! These recipes aren’t fancy, they aren’t difficult to make, and they don’t include ingredients that kids won’t eat. They are kid-friendly and time-saving, perfect for school lunches.
Hummus Dip With Veggies And Pitta
Hummus is a delicious dip while still being healthy. You can make your own hummus at home, or buy a tub from the grocery store. To make your own hummus, blend together the following ingredients:
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp low-fat plain yogurt
- ¼ tsp paprika (or less for kids)
- ¼ tsp cumin
- 1 clove of garlic
Blitz this together until smooth and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.
Along with the hummus, you can include sticks of celery, carrots and cucumber, and pitta strips too. The kids can dip the pitta bread and veggie sticks into the hummus for a tasty snack.
Egg Mayo Wholemeal Bread
Egg mayo is a classic that most of us love, and if your kids love egg mayo, you’re already halfway to a healthy lunch.
The great thing about egg mayo is that you can serve it in a wholemeal roll, wholemeal bread, or a wholemeal wrap. Add in some lettuce for extra crunch to bulk up the roll more.
To make the egg mayo filling, boil an egg until hard, and cut it up small. Add it to 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise and flavour with salt and pepper.
Meatballs and Dip
Meatballs might be difficult to make the night before, but if you spend some time on the weekend prepping ahead, you could have a few different lunch portions to use over a few weeks.
This toddler-friendly meatball recipe is healthy and easy to make, and you can freeze them to use for lunch at a later stage. Simply pop the meatballs into the oven the night before until cooked, and then pack them in the kid’s lunchbox with some tomato sauce.
Most kids love pasta, and to make it a little healthier, you could use whole wheat pasta instead of regular pasta.
You can buy ready-made pesto from the store, cook some whole wheat pasta, and add it all together. You can cut cubes of mozzarella to add to the pasta dish for some extra flavour and texture.
Pesto is mild enough for kids to enjoy, but still flavourful to keep them coming back for more.
Egg Fried Rice
Egg fried rice is so easy to make, and you can pack it with some great veggies too. You can buy ready-made brown rice, or cook up a batch at the beginning of the week.
Add some egg to the rice and cook, and throw in some peas, carrots, and sweetcorn. You could also put some chopped chicken into your kid’s lunchbox for them to add to their fried rice at lunchtime and some soy sauce for extra flavour.