What lunchbox snacks to prepare for your kids can be tricky. It can sometimes be hard to get creative, especially when you have to deal with a picky eater.
7 Tips for an empty lunchbox:
- When preparing dinner, keep tomorrow’s lunchbox in mind. Leftover pasta can be transformed into pasta salad, or leftover chicken into chicken mayonnaise sandwiches.
- Use your fresh produce like bread and fruit early in the week. Keep food with a longer shelf life like rice cakes for later in the week.
- It can be difficult, but try to come to an agreement with fellow parents, and the teacher, not to send sweets to school, thereby emphasizing healthy eating.
- Little people eat with their eyes. By getting creative with shapes and colours you can encourage them to eat. Use a cookie cutter to turn an ordinary sandwich into something extraordinary. Or use different size containers for different snacks, keeping it interesting.
- Remember if you put yogurt in, to pack a plastic spoon and wet wipe with it.
- Buy a flask for hot soup for cold winters, or a cold fruit smoothie for the hot summer days.
- Portion control is very important. Keep the portions small because it is not a meal, but a snack. Use only one slice of bread to make a sandwich and add a fruit. If the lunchbox is too full it can overwhelm your little one.
What to do if the bread is finished:
- Always try to have one of the following in your pantry; digestive biscuits, breakfast bars, fruit bars with no added sugar, rice cakes and oats cookies.
- In the fridge always try to have an assortment of cheeses.
- Keep some frozen bran muffins and pita bread in your freezer.
- Make your own mixture of nuts and seeds with some dried fruit for a quick snack.