Sometimes we can run out of ideas on what to pack in children’s lunchboxes, especially if we continually give them healthy options. Well, the trick is to be a little more attentive to what your kids like, be creative and incorporate the yummy ingredients with the healthy stuff.
So, in this write-up, we will help you with three easy recipes that will have your kids asking for more.
Recipe 1: The Chicken Pesto Wrap
Most kids like chicken. It can be served at dinner and left-overs used for lunchboxes. This will save you time and you’ll be sure your kids are eating healthy. Chicken also offers zinc, vitamin B12, copper, iron, tryptophan, and choline beyond protein.
For this quick and easy recipe, you will need
- One shredded breast of chicken
- Plain yogurt, sour cream, or mayonnaise
- Mild cheese
- Flour Tortillas
- Red pepper or sweetcorn kernels
The first step is simply mixing the first three ingredients in a bowl. Add only 2 tablespoons of the sour cream, mayonnaise, or plain yogurt and 2 tablespoons of the pesto.
Thereafter, layer your ingredients carefully, starting with the tortilla, then a slice of cheese, followed by the chicken mixture, then the peppers or sweetcorn kernels, and top it with the lettuce leaves. Lastly, roll up your tortillas carefully and put them in your kid’s lunchboxes and you are done!
Recipe 2: Blueberry buttermilk waffles
This recipe will put a big grin on your child’s face. It is yummy and packed with goodness. Nutritionally, blueberries contain folate, beta-carotene, copper, vitamins A and E, choline, and a wide range of phenolic compounds.
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 packet of blueberries
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of salt (Optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- ½ cup Canola oil
Get started by mixing all your dry ingredients in a bowl. Then, mix the buttermilk, vanilla extract, and eggs in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients, stirring until fully mixed and then let it sit for roughly 20 minutes. Toss blueberries into the batter and then cook carefully in the waffle iron.
Recipe 3: Sweet Potato Crisps
This is a great vegetarian alternative. It is a better option to supermarket bought potato chips. Sweet potato will offer your kids healthy guts, better vision, cancer-fighting properties, and enhanced brain function. It’s a great source of various minerals, vitamins and fiber.
For this recipe, you will need
- ¼ sweet potato thinly sliced
- ½ teaspoon olive oil
Preheat your oven to 392℉ (200℃). Toss the sweet potato slices in a bowl with olive oil, then place them in an oven tray to roast until crispy and brown. You can put these in the lunchbox together with a salad of choice.
There are a lot of ingredients to play around with when making lunchbox meals. This week we have picked a few from different supermarkets with promotional prices.
Creamy Peanut Butter
Buy-One-Get-One-Free at LIDL
$2.29 per pint at Aldi
Wegmans Bulk Rolls
$0.89 at Wegmans
Lunchboxes can become a joy to pack if you know the food inside will be eaten and your kids will be happy and healthy. Try to fill in water instead of juice or soda and fresh fruit to school. You will soon be enjoying days of empty lunchboxes and more smiles.