The kids have only been back at school for a few weeks, but the chances are that already they are getting bored of their lunch boxes. Most schools have a rule that says lunch boxes have to be junk food free, which can mean that they end up being a little boring. However, the good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can ensure that your child’s lunch box is always exciting, as well as healthy. For a little lunch box inspiration, read on!
Make their drink more exciting
Along with their food, the chances are that you also pack a drink or a couple of drinks into your child’s school bag. In lessons, they may only be allowed plain water, but for lunchtime, there is no need just to give them water. Instead, make their drink a little more exciting. How about packing a bottle of freshly squeezed fruit juice? Or what about a bottle of soda water and lemon – aka a healthy alternative to lemonade? If your child’s school only allows water, then how about buying flavored bottled water packs? Or what about infusing fruit into water at home? There are various options for making your child’s packed lunch drink that little bit more exciting.
Be more creative with the mains
Sandwiches are all well and good, but after a while, they get boring, even if you constantly change up the flavors. The key to avoiding packed lunch boredom is simple: switching up their main on a regular basis. How about putting homemade cheese and ham scones into their lunchbox or savory muffins? What about creating roll-ups using wraps and a couple of different fillings, rolling the wrap into a roll and slicing it into mini roll-ups? There is also the option of pasta, noodle or rice dishes – these can all make fantastic mains. Homemade pizza or quiche are both great options too. If they only like sandwiches, investing in a few cutters, like stars, jigsaw pieces, and hearts, can help to make their sandwiches that little bit more exciting. Pinterest has some amazing ideas – it could be worth having a browse on there for inspiration.
Get inspired when it comes to snacks
The common lunchbox snacks are a yogurt and a piece of fruit. While there is nothing wrong with these snacks, after a while, they can get a little boring. To make your child’s lunchbox snacks more fun, creativity is key. How about chopped berries and a yogurt dip? Or, what about stewing fruit and giving them a pot of stewed fruit instead of a yogurt? Or, what about a fruit sundae? Put fruit puree in a pot, top with yogurt, dried fruit, and rice crispies, and voila, you have a healthy sundae. Perhaps a healthy, mini fruit crumble could make a great snack? What about a dip like hummus or tzatziki and some cucumber, carrot, or pepper batons? How about popcorn as a snack? As long as it’s free from sugar, it’s a healthy option. There are so many different snack ideas; it’s just a case of getting creative, that’s all. You could even put a slice of cake in their lunch box, just as long as it’s homemade and a healthy version, such as sugar and fat-free banana bread, for instance.
So there you have it, a few creative ideas for making packed lunches more exciting for your kids.