Don’t let your packed lunches get boring!
Kids spend 11 years in school and, if you’re making them a packed lunch five days a week, then that’s a long time for them to be eating the same thing for.
Kids are more likely to abandon their school lunches in favour of something else if you give you them the same thing over and over again. Whilst certain packed lunch staples, such as apples, oranges and bananas will always have a place in kids’ lunchboxes, there are other mainstays that could always be replaced with something healthier or simple more interesting.
If you want to keep your kids excited about their food and eating healthy, then you should avoid packing the same types of food in their lunchboxes week in, week out. Although sticking to tried and tested favourites might help keep your make your weekly shopping easier to manage, doing so is likely to make your children’s tastes very rigid in the long-term, which will stop them from trying new things when they’re older. There’s nothing wrong with being a discerning eater, but if your close-minded tastes stop your child from eating a balanced and varied diet then you’re not doing them any favours.
Don’t get stuck in a rut with your packed lunches, push the boat out and show your kids that you really care with these interesting lunch box ideas:
Egg Omelette with Spinach and Feta
The humble egg omelette is eaten up and down the country by all kinds of people, but many people are unaware that it can be enjoyed as a lovely lunch the next day. The trick to selling this to kids is the toppings and sides that you serve it with. Preparing your omelette the night before is important, so that it can properly cool before you top it the next morning. We recommend feta cheese with a few salad greens and cherry tomatoes for a starter.
Sun-dried Tomato Cous Cous
Cous cous is a sure fire-winner with kids who might usually turn their noses up at a leafy salad, it’s carby plain-tasting nature makes it really ease to pair with anything you’ve got hanging around in the fridge, or even any leftovers you might have from the night before. For a quick, easy lunch that can be prepared the night before, try mixing your cous cous with some chopped up sun-dried tomatoes, cooked onions and mixed herbs.
Hummus and Veggies
Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that work the best and they don’t get much simpler than this! In order for this idea to properly work you’ll need a standard lunch box, plus a little pot to keep your dipping hummus in. Shop bought hummus is fine, but if you want to go the extra mile then you can always make your own from scratch, it only requires a handful of ingredients to do and is also a super cheap. Chop up some fresh cucumber, carrot and celery into your box with your hummus and a piece of bread for a healthy, tasty lunch.
Take your kid’s favourite dinner treat and repackage it as a packed lunch! On our first blog spot we shared Nathan Outlaw’s Kedgeree recipe, despite having some pretty ‘out there’ ingredients it has proved to be a real favourite amongst school-aged kids. This adaptable dish doesn’t have to be kept on the dinner table, once cooked it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, so you’ll be able to drop it into your kids’ lunchboxes as a midweek surprise.
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