Healthy Lunch: Something different

Why not add something a bit different to your child’s lunchbox…

  • In the summer, salads are light and refreshing and full of essential vitamins and minerals.  Try to include a variety of different salad vegetables – for example radish, grated carrot, spinach, tomato and spring onion.  You could also sprinkle an assortment of seeds over the salad (sunflower, pumpkin and sesame) or dried fruits such as sultanas, raisins or chopped apricots.
  • Make a rice salad using cooked brown rice and lentils – you could add chunks of cooked aubergine, pepper slices, chopped spring onions and pieces of cooked turkey or chicken.  Pasta salads are also a good option.  Try cooked pasta with tuna and avocado, or chicken and sweet corn, or cherry tomato and spinach leaves.
  • Homemade pizza is also a great choice.  Why not make a pizza together for an evening meal and save some for the next’s day lunchbox?  On the pizza base, put a tomato and basil sauce/paste, mozzarella cheese and plenty of chopped vegetables – peppers, onion, mushrooms and sliced courgettes.
  • Homemade Spanish omelette or quiche.
  • Add some vegetables to your child’s lunchbox, such as tomatoes, or sticks of carrot, cucumber, celery and peppers.  Raw sugar snap peas are also a good choice as they are naturally sweet and crunchy.

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