Children can be picky eaters when it comes to healthy food. And to top it off, thinking of exciting and healthy lunch ideas everyday can be a challenge. Here ae a few fun lunch box ideas will be an instant hit as well as keep him/her energized throughout the day.
- Stick-y delight
Grilled food are a sure hit with children. Meat kebabs, veggies or fruits can be cooked on skewers with a salad dressing for added flavour. Although there are plenty of meat options that are high in protein for your kid to binge on, try putting a lettuce leaf or tomato slices in between the chunks of meat to get your child to eat his/her share of fresh veggies. Also, try experimenting with summer fruits like melons and grapes to keep your child hydrated.
- Wrap ‘em up!
Meat or vegetable wraps and rolls are fun to eat and easy to make. A wheat wrap that comes with plenty of proteins and minimum trans-fat combined with a meat stuffing, should do the trick. If your child prefers vegetarian grub, try a combination of spinach and corn stuffing that adds to his/her potassium and carbohydrate content. Spinach is high in iron that is important for stamina and vitamin A that is important for immunity and healthy eyes. Adding scrambled eggs or paneer to make a burji can add to the good quality protein intake of your child.
- A cuppa joy
An all-time favourite among children, pizza can be made to be healthy and tasty at the same time. Choose whole wheat breads to make the pizza since they are low in saturated fats and high in calcium and iron. Throw in your child’s favourite meat or veggies with a tomato sauce base and watch your child lap up his/her lunch box in no time. And, how much more fun can it get when it comes in a cup? The way the food looks is the deal clincher for your child. Try out innovative ways of presenting your pizza and watch your child eat his/ her way to health and happiness.
- Finger smacking food
Children enjoy eating with their hands. Mini meat or vegetable cutlets are food that your child will certainly enjoy. You can also cut fruits or veggies and top it with a tangy or sweet dressing of your kid’s choice. Baked nuggets or sweet potatoes are also healthy food choices that are rich in Vitamin BC, D, iron, fiber, magnesium and minerals that are high in nutrition.
- What’s toasting?
A peanut butter toast with a layer of your child’s most liked berries is a must-try. You can also try adding a scrambled or boiled egg with a layer of avocado. Experiment with nuts, cereals and a variety of fruits that your child will enjoy. Cooked beans like chole, rajma, black eye peas or any other that you child likes, can be a great topping mix. These toasts are rich in almost all nutrients including calcium, carbohydrates, good fats, fibre and minerals. Make sure to use wheat bread for your toasts to add a dash of fibre in your child’s diet.
Try these exciting lunch box ideas and watch your kid grow to be strong, full and super happy.