When my daughter was in kindergarten, I got a call from the playschool asking if my daughter had a medical condition which prevented her from having sweets. What a question! I explained that I chose not to give my daughter sugary stuff in her lunch box. Bet they thought I was weird! (Patience …)
Years later, my granddaughter is not allowed to take sweets to school. Times changed. Schools (in Malta) no longer allow sweets in a kid’s lunch box. Some schools allow birthday cakes (which I think should also stop). But, in the main, children, especially in junior schools (5-10 years) are encouraged to get “healthy” lunches.
What are healthy lunches?
Children can be fussy, and some even more than others. I remember my son was ever so difficult with his packed lunches, but we got there in the end. I think, the secret of a “healthy” lunch is fresh, simple food; no fuss, no frills. Children love colour … go for it! The more colourful their lunch, the healthier it is. Mix and match from raw vegetable sticks to cherry tomatoes to different kinds of bread and pieces of fruit plus plenty of water. Variety is the spice of life … keep them guessing what’s for lunch or involve them; whatever works best for you.
Kids’ lunch box ideas
I do not use processed meats (in fact, I do not eat meat at all) so will suggest alternatives. Hopefully, you will find something your kids like …
The first recipe that caught my attention is this superhealthy salmon burger. It makes a nice supper and can also double-up as a school lunch. Children love burgers and fish fingers; go healthy and make your own mushroom and chickpea burger. If children are brought up eating wholesome foods, they will grow to love them. How about a slice of minty salmon and broccoli frittata with some tomato salad or a Vietnamese chicken baguette?
With a little bit of planning and imagination the possibilities are endless. Healthy lunches for … kids gives you more tips and suggestions on what to put in your kids’ lunch box.