Healthy lunch box ideas

Carrot Fritters With Carrot Hummus_82920
For many parents deciding what to put in the school lunch box can be like a tricky science experiment. Giving children foods that are acceptable to them, but also healthy, is sometimes challenging. Vegetables are great healthy lunch box options.

Raw vegetables such as lettuce leaves, carrot sticks, broccoli florets, cucumber chunks, cauliflower florets, whole green beans, are delicious served with hummus or tzatziki. Most children love cherry tomatoes.

Offer roast vegetable pizza, cooked corn on the cob, roast vegetable salad, vegetable fritters, vegetable kebabs, potato salad, or make mini vegetable quiches.

Keep children interested in what is in their lunch box. Change what you include, and always refrigerate the lunch box overnight if dairy, eggs or meat are included.

Water and plain milk are the best drinks for children. Freezing a drink bottle overnight and placing it in the lunchbox in the morning will help to keep the food cold and safe.

These carrot fritters are delicious and perfect for lunch boxes. Children often enjoy food with spicy flavours.

Carrot fritters - makes 8-10
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 onion, finely chopped
1-2 chillies, deseeded and finely chopped (optional, or 1-2 tsp sweet chilli sauce)
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp fennel seeds
100g cornflour
seasoning as needed.
Mix all ingredients together. Heat a heavy-based pan. Spray with a little oil and add large tablespoons of the mixture. Cook until brown on one side. Turn and cook on the other side.
Variation: Make mini fritters

Carrot hummus - makes 2 cups - serve with carrot fritters or use as a dip for vegetable sticks
2 carrots, peeled and grated
¼ cup olive oil
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 clove garlic, peeled
juice of 1 lemon
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Adjust seasoning if necessary.