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Best Healthy School Lunch Box Ideas

Best Healthy School Lunch Box Ideas
15 July 2018 300 Views

Do you sometimes wonder if the lunch and the afternoon snacks in your kid’s lunch box are the best and healthiest option? Anyone, including schools, might turn to the pre-packaged option when time is tight, and those are frequently full of sugar and unhealthy fats.

The secret to packing a healthy, nutritious and simple lunch box is to make sure you are using real, fresh food not pre-packaged snacks and allowing an extra 10 – 15 minutes in the kitchen to prepare the lunch box.

Below are some simple and healthy lunch box ideas from Eat Like A Pro by Beko that will help you prepare delicious and nutritious breakfasts and snacks for your kids that will have the entire class envious

Make kids go nuts with fruits and nuts

The most natural, nutritious, and quick alternative for a snack is always a handful of seasonal fruits mixed with a handful of nuts* such as almonds, walnuts, and hazelnuts to fuel your child’s day. The fresher the fruits and nuts, the better and try to avoid pre-roasted, salted or seasoned nuts as these have hidden and unhealthy additives.

No matter how many times brands write “all-natural” on their juices, bottled fruit juices are never the same as the fruit itself. Juices are typically rich in added sugars and receive heat treatment that destroys their vitamins. If the time and energy to squeeze the juice out of fruits seem like too much work, remember, you can always serve them whole or sliced up instead

Sliced fruit is one of the most fun ways to serve fruit because you can make your own creations out of it! Try arranging fruits and nuts to make shapes or faces, or you can even turn the nuts or seeds into a paste, like tahini. Grated coconut is always a fun ingredient and adds that element of yum to any banana or apple.

* Always check with the school on their allergy policies before including nuts in a lunch box.

Don’t forget the good ol’ sandwich

Sandwiches are a classic lunch box addition. Not only are they quick and easy to make but with the right ingredients they can be nutritious and healthy too. The way to a healthy and delicious sandwich starts with the bread. If you’re not making your own, we suggest you buy your bread from the bakery and make sure you’re picking a loaf made from whole grain flour that has gone through a slow fermentation process.

Now comes the fun part: the filling! Avoid processed products like cold meats, commercial sauces, and jams or hazelnut cream. Instead, use fresh and natural ingredients like:

  • Guacamole
  • Hummus
  • Homemade nut pastes or fruit spreads,
  • Fresh goats or sheep cheese with a spoonful of raw honey,
  • Rocket or spinach

With a little bit of imagination, you’ll be able to come up with lots of personalised sandwich designs for your kids and with a little added time and effort, you can prepare some cool lunch boxes.

Whatever recipe you choose, just remember these top tips:

  • If you use flour, make it whole grain.
  • If you want to sweeten things up, use natural ingredients like fresh or dried fruit (dates, dried apricots, raisins), cinnamon, vanilla, carob, or honey.
  • Organic, unprocessed food are always better than pre-packaged or processed options.

By following the above tips and using fresh and healthy ingredients, not only will you have your children eating like pros, but you’ll be prepping lunch boxes like a pro too!