Who is to say that healthy school lunches have to be boring? There are plenty of fun delicious recipes for school lunches that will keep children happy and fed while also helping them concentrate better in school.
Healthy eating starts at home, so here at schooldays.ie we have added our favorite home-made lunch boxes recipes - please tell us yours!
There are literally hundreds of variants in which to make your favorite sandwich. What is your child’s favorite? Whether their favorite is plain old ham and cheese or tuna wrap, there are still plenty of ways to make this classic staple healthier: here’s our top favs:
Egg salad - Eggs are a great filler for hungry kids and packed with protein. Add a little mayo to hard-boiled eggs along with a squeeze of lemon and some dijon mustard along with crunchy lettuce. Fill a healthy multi-grain bap, wrap or gluten free bread. Tip: Add a pickle to spice up the egg.
Easy Wraps - Kid’s love wraps so get creative and pack some tortilla wraps with your healthy favorites. Grate some carrot and lettuce, chop some onions, cucumber, peppers and use as the base of your wraps. Add a slice of non-processed cheese, or cooked meat like roast chicken, ham or turkey, with a small dollop of mayo or sugar free (soya or dairy) yogurt.
Terrific Tuna - In a bowl add a can of tuna along with chopped celery, a little chopped onion or scallions, some lemon juice and small dollop of mayo or salad dressing. Add a little salt and pepper. Mix together and serve on brown bread.
Italiano- Try something different with a mozzarella, basil and tomato sarnie. Slice tomato and mozzarella thinly and chop some fresh basil. Serve in either wrap or sandwich with a little oil or spread of pesto. Yum!
Fancy Vegan - If you want to skip the animal fat try sliced ripe avocado, with tomato, onion, cucumber with shredded carrot and crunchy lettuce with some vegan mayo or hummus. Enjoy in a wrap.
For hungry kids pack their lunch boxes with extra healthy options like bananas, yogurts, or chopped veg that will fill them up, helping them concentrate better in class.
Remember convenience store bought foods are often high in salt, sugar and fat which can cause kids bodies to ‘crash’ and become tired, affecting their energy levels and concentration in school.
Got any suggestions for lunch box ideas? Please leave a comment!