Kids’ lunch box

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 …)

Lion-Jungle-BentoYears 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?

Healthy-Lunch-Ideas-for-Kids-at-Home-copy1Children 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 …
salmon burgerThe 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.


Bibliography

bbcgoodfood.com

 

Photo credits

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bbcgoodfood.com

 

How to make perfect porridge

I do not leave the house without my porridge in the morning, but when I saw this video it brought my breakfast to shame!  I push my porridge into the microwave, cause I’m always rushing, doing something else whilst it’s cooking.

When I saw this video, I thought, this is one divine breakfast!

That’s one breakfast worth making time for!

 

10 Healthy tips to remember

I was browsing through my usual food sites and came across this page by Jamie Oliver. He doesn’t say anything we haven’t heard before, but I really like the way he puts things.  No fuss, no big words, he makes it sound all so simple!

Jamie lists 10 very important tips, for a healthy, happy life.  Who wouldn’t like to be healthier and happier? So,

  1. Cook from scratch
  2. Eat a balanced diet
  3. Variety is key – eat the rainbow
  4. Understand what you’re eating
  5. Eat nutritious calories
  6. Don’t skip breakfast
  7. Read the small print
  8. Drink more water
  9. Keep active
  10. Sleep well

Easy, isn’t it?

I can hear some of you say, but I’m hopeless at cooking, or I have no time.

It's never too late to learn

 

It’s never too late to learn.  Where there’s a will there’s a way!  Just over 20 years ago, before the world wide web took the world by storm, foodies like me used to buy all the recipe books they could lay their hands on.  Today, video tutorials make it so much easier.

There is a healthier, happier person inside calling to come out.  Let them out …

 

Lunch box ideas

When I was a little girl (many moons ago!) I remember carrying a wicker lunch box to school every day.  My siblings and I, were brought up having packed lunches; very often bread and fruit, in those days.  I guess old habits die hard, because up to this very day, I find it difficult to buy ready-made lunches. I think they’re pricey and not quite to my liking (I know I’m a picky eater!)

Suggestions for your lunch box

healthy lunch boxWith a bit of planning, you can pack yourself a varied lunch box every day of the week, at a fraction of the price.  And if you think planning is going to take too much time, break it down. Say:  pasta on Monday; salad on Tuesday; a wrap on Wednesday;  some soup or rice on Thursday; and a bread lunch on Friday.

You do not have to follow a rigid timetable; left-overs from the night before make excellent lunches. When preparing supper, factor in an extra portion which you can either freeze or make use of later on during the week.

Family-Fun-Lunchbox-IdeasVariety is the spice of life! Keep food simple and varied; it challenges your metabolism and keeps you healthy. Pack a piece of fruit or raw nuts for when you get peckish.  And wash it all down with plenty of water.

The possibilities are endless!

More lunch recipes for you to try and enjoy …