All over the country kids are preparing to go back to school. When it comes to lunches we want to help parents make them as fun, enticing and healthy as possible.
Many schools have adopted a healthy eating policy, which means no cakes, sweets, crisps or sugary drinks. This is good news for the country’s tiny brains, and by packing your child’s lunchbox full of fun and delicious healthy treats, you can be sure that they will stay the pace of a day at big school.
So, what to put in?
Sandwiches are the obvious answer, but with a twist. We love to make sandwich pinwheels, with fillings like egg mayo, or cheese and ham. Wraps are always a hit – but buy wholegrain for maximum energy release. Fillings that float our kids’ boats include leftover roast chicken or beef, hummus with roast vegetables and turkey with sliced tomato and salad leaves. Cram a BLT bagel with lots of salad leaves, and smooth chicken and stuffing onto brown bread for a wholesome bite. Little kids will be entranced by the simple act of these cookie cutter sandwiches, made with our usual cookie cutters and filled with ham and cheese, jam or chicken and stuffing.
Check out Lilly Higgins creative sandwiches for kids – by creating fun designs it is easier to get your kids to eat healthier without them even realising it. Another top tip would get your child involved in making their lunch the night before this will not only encourage your child to eat what they have made but also it will save time in the school run morning rush!
Fruit is important. Alternate dried fruit like apricots or raisins with fresh fruit like bananas (carve a message like I Love You into its skin to make your little one feel special), apple slices doused with lemon juice or mandarin segments. Why not try a fruit kebab using seasonal fruit.
Fluids are important to small children, so make sure to include water or milk in a flask or bottle, that is both easy to open and non spill.
Good luck to you and all the children going back to school from all at I Love Cooking.