Back to school - how to include vegetables into your children’s lunch boxes

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 With school back this week we know there are many parents out there dreading getting back into the routine of packing the school lunch boxes. Children need a healthy lunch box to boost their energy and help them concentrate throughout the day. So here are some ideas to kick of the year off on the right foot.

-  Add plenty of salad vegetables into pita breads, wraps or sandwiches. Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, capsicums, cucumber and grated carrot are  great options.  Just remember to place the tomato slices between the fillings to prevent the bread going soggy! 

- Include a dip.  When sending carrot, celery or capsicum sticks, include a small container of a dip such as guacamole or hummus.

- Make wholesome homemade muffins.  Our Courgette and Sultana Muffins are a great snack to include. They can be baked in the weekend, wrapped and even frozen for the week ahead.

- Use skewers.  Thread cherry tomatoes, diced cheese and chunks of iceberg lettuce onto skewers for a mini meal on a stick! 

- Shrek Smoothies.  Make a smoothie the night before packed with spinach, pour into a reusable pouch and freeze.  Not only will this keep the rest of the lunch box time but it will be defrosted for lunch time.  Courgette, cos  lettuce or cucumber are other great vegetables to add to a smoothie.

- Slice vegetables into interesting shapes, such as carrot florets or transform lengths of celery into ants of a log with peanut butter and raisins on top.

-  Left over roast pumpkin or kumara can be included as a snack or sliced and added into a wrap, or diced and made into a salad with your child’s favourite vegetables; corn kernels of the cob, grated carrot, steamed broccoli florets in a container with a dressing to add packed into a small container.We suggest you get into the habit of cooking extra and planning the next days lunches as big kids like taking this salad to work!

Happy school days!

 

Happy school days!