Do you struggle to make your child eat healthy during the school’s lunchtime? Does your kid love to eat junk food that is available in the school canteen and avoids the home made Tiffin box? If the answer is yes, then you’re not alone in this struggle to make children enjoy healthy meals during school hours.
Here are five great healthy food choices your kid is more likely to enjoy:
1. Vegetable Rice Balls
In case, there is rice left over from the previous day’s dinner, you can use it to make rice balls. Or else you can boil short grain rice and sauté it with finely chopped veggies like beans, carrots, cabbage, capsicum, etc. Finally, add some salt and chili powder.
Less oil will help your child maintain their body weight. Vegetables are low in fat and calories, plus are rich in nutrients like vitamin A, dietary fibre, folate, etc. which will help keep your child healthy. Your child will love these tiny balls of rice as they would be crunchy and colourful at the same time.
2. Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwich
Peanut butter has many health benefits, including the ability to help you maintain your weight, it’s packed with important nutrients, like vitamins E, B6, potassium, and more. In fact, peanuts are also helpful in reducing the risk of many diseases and other health problems. It also helps boost memory and maintain good brain health.
Companies like Welch’s, know all about the popular health benefits and wonderful taste of mixing peanut butter and jam together, which is why they’ve created the Crustables for busy moms who need to have these fun sandwiches ready to go. Of course, for money savers, most of us know how to make it quick and easy enough.
A great tip to consider is to make it with whole-wheat or whole-grain bread. Whole-wheat bread has nutrients like fibre, vitamin B, protein, and minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, etc. these reduce the risk of obesity, some forms of cancer, and so on. When you add jam and peanut butter to this bread, it will taste sweet and buttery. Kids love food packed with flavor!
3. Creamy Shells Pasta
Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t like pasta? It’s almost safe to say, you can’t go wrong with it! So for those who do like pasta, there’s a strong child could actually eat it.
With pasta, you can add many ingredients with great sources of important vitamins, like milk, butter, tomatoes, cheese, oregano, chili flakes, garlic, herbs, and more. Oh, and the best part is … they’re very easy to make!
Milk contains calcium, which is great for the bones and development of your growing child. Additionally, milk has vitamin D, K, C, and magnesium.
Garlic is high in a sulphur compound, called allicin, which contains loads of health benefits.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, C, K, B6, folate, thiamine and are a good source of potassium, manganese, phosphorus, etc. They are good for skin, bones, hair, kidneys, and eyes.
Creamy shelled pasta is great for kids with braces. Not all dishes suit the person or a child with braces. So it’s important to have proper knowledge of what your child can eat while the braces are on. Creamy shelled pasta melts down easily and won’t stick to the braces.
4. Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad is good in combination with whole-wheat bread or whole-grain bread. Eggs are rich in protein (egg whites have more protein and contains vitamin B2, D, B6, B12, as well as being low in fat and cholesterol than the yellow portion).
Eggs are great for our brain. They have antioxidants, which is helpful for the strength and nutrition necessary for healthy eyes. Whole-grain bread has nutrients such as protein, fibre, B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper.
The egg salad sandwich will not only contain eggs and whole-grain bread, but can also include vegetables like onion, celery, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, and salt. You can season them with pepper. All-in-all the egg salad sandwich is a healthy lunch.
Oatmeal can be cooked as a pancake or can be served as a smoothie or a cookie and as porridge. Oats result in good health. Oatmeal contains calcium as well as potassium. Oatmeal provides an excellent source of nutrients for developing bones and as well as maintaining good bone health.
Oatmeal is low in calories and puts a stop to many food cravings. Hence, oatmeal for lunch would make your child content, while giving off low levels of fat and high levels of protein and fibre.
Oats are the world’s healthiest food, known to help anyone significant strength and energy. They enhance the immune response to bacterial infection. Your child will be less prone to infections!
Worried about your kid’s sweet tooth?
You have the option to give sweets like bite-sized brownies, along with the lunch for your child’s sweet tooth. You might consider packing them some flavored yogurt and sending slices of fruits like apples, bananas, etc. with peanut butter.
You can always experiment with just about any food. Just remember the difference between home-cooked or prepared food versus store bought, possibly processed food. And remember, vegetables and fruits are by far, your healthiest choice.
So what will your child’s next school lunch container have?