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Published: 4th September 2019
Are you finding yourself in a never-ending battle with your little ones when it comes to packed lunches? Are they skipping their fruit to cut straight to the crisps? Or just refusing to eat what you pack?
We get it, school lunches can be a struggle at the best of times, especially when you’re trying to keep them healthy and tasty. So, here are 5 healthy packed lunch ideas that we’re sure your little ones will love!
Pizzas for lunch? Yes please! Using pitta bread to create fun-shaped mini pizzas keeps things fun for kids but you can use this classic junk food as a way to hide veggies and encourage your kids to eat them.
1 Pitta Bread (white, wholemeal or gluten-free)
Passata or Pizza Sauce
Sweet Mini Peppers
Wafer Thin Ham
If your child isn’t a big fan of sandwiches and you’re worried about them getting enough carbs as lunch to keep them energised for the rest of the day, pasta could be a perfect alternative.
Pasta can be batch cooked the night before and left to cool in the fridge before being portioned into a lunch box across the next couple of days.
White or Brown Pasta (35-40g per portion)
Passata (around 50g per portion)
Sweet Pepper (about 25-30g per portion)
Carrots (25-30g per portion)
Sweetcorn (15-20g per portion)
Courgette (20-25g per portion)
Another good alternative for kids who aren’t a big fan of bread, these turkey salad wraps are packed with leaves and veggies as well as a little hummus to introduce a new flavour!
1 Small Wrap (white or wholemeal)
Teaspoon of Hummus
2-3 Slices of Wafer Thin Turkey
20g of Shredded Lettuce
15g of Cucumber
15g of Sweet Mini Peppers
A favourite recipe from our kids baking ideas blog, our mini egg muffins with lots of vegetables are a high protein lunch option which promises slow-releasing energy to fuel their busy afternoon.
Easy to make in the morning or the night before, you can batch cook this recipe to cover the whole family for lunchtime, adults and kids!
6 Large Eggs
30g Grated Cheddar (optional)
Put the option in your little one’s hands with this ‘pick and mix’ dipping box which you can pack up with all their favourites to ensure they get plenty of energy for the rest of the day!
(this really is up to you but here’s a guideline)
3-4 Crackers or 1 Pitta Bread (cut into soldiers)
Wafer Thin Ham with Cream Cheese (rolled)
With lunch box ideas like this, your little ones will never bring home their packed lunch untouched again!