Moms often run out of ideas when it comes to making school lunch boxed for their kids. Meals for lunch shouldn’t only be tasty and appetizing, but also highly nutritious, without introducing too much unnecessary stuff like sugar, bad fat and others. There are different kinds of healthy ingredients that we can incorporate into tasty school lunch boxes. Sources of carbohydrates may include whole meal bread, pita bread, whole meal bread roll, cooked brown rice, quinoa and whole grain pasta. Sources of healthy protein may include chicken or turkey breast, tuna, unsmoked ham, mackerel, salmon, sardines, hardboiled eggs, hummus and unprocessed cheese. Just about any type of common vegetables and fruits should be appropriate for lunch boxes. Children should get enough calcium for their growth process and they can get it from a small carton of milk, a small pot of yogurt, some cheese, wild salmon and sardines. Plant-based sources of calcium may include tahini, hummus, almond, quinoa and different kinds of dark green leafy vegetables.
Most children are relatively more active than adults and their form of fun is running around and jumping until they are tired. It means that lunch boxes should be packed with energy. Whole grain ingredients should provide them with more sustained release of energy. This will also prevent the usual midday slumps, which are often caused by improper selections of foods. Protein should also be able to provide us with a sustained form of energy release and we may include it more in the lunch boxes. A good lunch box should have multiple compartments that allow us to put different kinds of foods from multiple major groups. Many children love tasty finger foods and you may try to become creative by mixing and matching different types of ingredients. When making lunch boxes for children, we should make sure to keep things simpler. As an example, clementines, satsumas and oranges can be broken into segments for easier consumption. Cut can be cut to small pieces, we may sprinkle it with a bit of sugar and some lime juice to prevent browning and improve the overall taste.
These are small things that we can do, but when children notice that something changes, it could make a difference. They could become more eager to eat healthy stuff. As an example, we could create sandwiches with interesting shapes using small cookie cutters. Smaller children often love novel shapes and smaller bites, so we should make sure that we implement their favourite changes. There are different varieties that we can make, such as lightly cooking fruits and adding some flavours to them. We may also baking our own muffins or flapjacks using whole grain flour. Even a simple bottled tap water is much healthier than allowing children to purchase soda from vending machines. When it comes to creating lunch boxes for children, you should be passionate about nutrition. If children are given good nutrition since much younger age, we may prevent chronic conditions in many years to come.