Early mornings are busy in most households and the temptation is there to just give kids tuck-shop money. In truth though, it only takes 5 minutes to pack a healthy and nutritious lunch that will keep them full throughout the day, help them concentrate during class and give them the energy they need for sports and extra-mural activities.
Here are a few simple ideas that are quick to prepare and nutritious to boot!
- Fresh fruit pieces or fruit sticks; think strawberries, a small bunch of grapes, watermelon slices or a banana
- Whole grain or whole wheat sandwiches with a protein filling such as peanut butter, cheese, egg or chicken mayonnaise and cold meats such as ham or salami
- Pack a couple of easy to eat finger foods such as cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks, cheese wedges, mini yoghurts, popcorn, biltong and homemade muffins
- Fruit juice, water and milk (if they’re able to keep it cold until lunch time) can all be put into juice bottles that pack neatly into a lunch box
As you probably already know, kids are fussy eaters and get bored with things quickly – so try to include as much variety as possible when selecting goodies for their lunch box.