Ensuring your children eat the recommended five portion of fruit or vegetables a day isn’t always easy, especially if they’re fussy about their food.
Experimenting with different preperation methods, combinations and unusual foods is a good way to find the healthy meals that your children will enjoy – mashing, roasting or finely chopping are all good alternatives to plain boiled greens.
Here are a few quick and easy lunch ideas to try out with your children, which will help them get well on the way to their five a day.
Avocado and roasted tomatoes on toast
This combination of avocado and tomato is wonderfully healthy for your kids – serve on wholemeal, seeded or granary bread for a delicious lunch or snack.
Roasting the tomatoes give them a lovely flavour, which might encourage children to try them out if they don’t enjoy raw cherry tomatoes.
You could even add a layer of hummus if your child enjoys it!
- Two slices of granary, wholemeal bread
- Two salad tomatoes
- Olive oil
- One avocado
- The juice of half a lemon
- A few spoonfuls of hummus (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees
- Slice your tomatoes into bite-size portions, then drizzle with olive oil and season with black pepper before putting in the oven for around 20 minutes
- Slice open and mash the avocado in a bowl, with a squeeze of lemon juice to flavour
- Spread the avocado (and hummus if you choose to) on toasted bread and top with roasted tomatoes
Some other healthy lunch ideas:
Mashed banana sandwich
Banana is quite naturally sugary so shouldn’t be eaten too often, however important health benefits include a high level of potassium. Very young children especially tend to love a mashed banana sandwich and they are easy to chew. Some less healthy alternatives include adding peanut butter and even bacon!
Vegetable sticks with dip
Raw vegetables are generally packed with more health benefits that their cooked counterparts, and serving in easy to eat sticks with tasty dips makes them a little more fun. Consider sliced carrots, cucumber, broccoli or peppers, served with hummus, guacamole or tzatziki – you might be surprised how quickly those vegetables disappear!
Baked sweet potato with tasty toppings
Baked sweet potato is healthier than a traditional baked potato and just as delicious. Serve with a healthy alternative to canned baked beans; onions and kidney beans cooked in chopped tomatoes, or even a little cottage cheese.
Veggie lunch wrap
Serving your children’s lunch in wrap form adds a sense of novelty when compared to a sandwich, and vegetables can be shredded and disguised in a wrap filled with lots of tasty contents. Think about including grated carrots, beetroot, refried beans, soured cream, salsa, guacamole, feta, cheddar or halloumi cheese and sliced peppers.
Once your kid’s delicious lunch is prepared, why not enjoy what little good weather we have left and eat outdoors? We love picnics here at Babymel, which is why we have created the fun yet functional ‘Food Bag‘, with cutlery holder, insulated interiors, bottle holder, grab top handle, finished up with Babymel’s original print.
Do you have any go-to lunch recipes that are healthy yet loved by your children? Please share, we’d love to hear your ideas and perhaps feature your recipe in a future blog post!