Challenged by our friend Brian Halweil (Publisher of Edible Manhattan & Brooklyn) to come up with some ways to reinvigorate our kids' lunches, we turned to our Healthy Kids Feed Editor Christine Wong @conscious_cooking for some ideas...
Christine says taking the time to do a little meal prep early in the week, and making good use of leftovers, will inevitably give you that extra quality time to spend with your child. From toddler to teen, here are some ideas that will help you pack those lunch boxes with ease, and ensure that they get good nourishment for their growing bodies and minds.
One of the easiest ways to pack a stress-free lunch is to utilize weekend or dinner items. Start with making larger portions of meals and simply set a portion aside in a lunchbox or a Salad in a jar like @avivawittenberg did for her teen. Then in the morning it’s just a matter of grabbing, and going!
*Healthy Packed Lunch using leftovers @mum2athletes
EAT THE RAINBOW
Make lunch colorful with an array of nutritious fruits and vegetables as shown in these vibrant Mini Lebanese Bread Pockets Filled with Falafel, Salad & Beetroot Spread by @thelebaneseplate. They’re easy because for the most part, there’s no cooking involved, the washing and chopping can all be done in advance.
Green Fish Cakes @whatdadcooked
Veggie Pita Pizzas @jennafreshandfit
MORE THAN JUST A SANDWICH
Make a complete meal, that’s also conveniently fun to eat, like @fooddeco’s Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad on a Stick. The possibilities are endless!
Mini Quiches @sallyvali
Chickpea & Avocado Salad @thenaturalnurturer
Take inspiration from flavors, and lunch boxes, from around the world, where many kids eat pretty much what their parents do, @lime_polkadots packs lunch boxes for two with her Mommy and Me Bento Boxes.
*Korean BBQ-baked Salmon with Daikon and Cucumber @lenaskitchenblog
Lentil and Cinnamon Soup @chiliandclay
Knowing exactly what ingredients go into snacks, and even having children help out in preparing them! These Easy, Healthy Apple Chips are proudly made (and eaten) by @missmarzipancom’s little helper.
Sugar Free Fruit Rolls @ohhappydane
Spiced Pumpkin Seed Cranberry Snacks @sallysbakeblog
Beetroot Choc Cake @mums_bubs_nutritionist