Box of goodness
Did you know that only 1 in 100 lunchboxes meets the nutritional standards for your child to thrive? Parents do their best, but making up a lunchbox each day isn’t easy, especially if your child is a fussy eater or has a sweet tooth!
Help is at hand from maker of junk free juices Suso, with an easy guide to help you hit your nutritional targets and ensure your child eats each and every bite!
Make it exciting
Making your child’s lunchbox doesn’t have to be boring or tedious. Cutting sandwiches into fun shapes and using bright colour (for instance adding mini heirloom tomatoes) can make the lunchbox an exciting experience rather than a drab one.
Pack those vegetables
Many children are reluctant to eat vegetables, so why not sneak some veggie content in so they don’t even notice it!
Pasta sauce is the perfect place to hide your vegetables. Blended carrots, peppers, and even broccoli can be mixed into pasta sauce to disguise the chunks of vegetables your children might usually pick out. Hiding fruit and vegetables inside your children’s favourite sweet snacks is also an option. No one would suspect that the brownies have spinach in them.
But if possible, instead of hiding fruit and vegetables, encourage happy connections with these foods.
Find fun additions
Let your children experiment with their food and find flavour combinations they enjoy. Find fun packed-lunch additions that taste good but also have high nutritional value. Including drinks packed with one of your 5 a day can spruce up your child’s lunchbox.
Making sure you have everything you need to pack the lunchbox the day before can make mornings and the school run much less stressful. Planning ahead could help elevate those lunches from standard sandwiches to a more enticing variety of choices. This can also save money as you buy and prepare food in bulk, rather than reaching for those additional snacks at the last minute!
Let your kids help the night before
Including your children in the preparation is helpful. You can teach them the responsibility of packing their lunches and deciding on a healthy, balanced diet. Giving your children the option to choose their own meals could make them more likely to be eaten.
They could also learn vital cooking and safety skills by getting involved under your careful supervision. This is a great bonding experience and one which will benefit even the fussiest eaters – experimenting with cooking could mean they try new ingredients.