Don’t panick, we’ve got you covered…
It’s the end of summer and not only does that mean we have the beautiful colourful season of Autumn to look forward to but we get to pack the kids back to school.
All across the country, kids and their parents are preparing for back-to-school rituals. One of our favourite parts of back-to-school routines is figuring out what to pack for lunch. Or, should we say, racking our brains for that healthy, tasty lunch box treat we know (or hope) our children will eat.
When you make lunch at home, you know your child will consume a well-rounded, nutritional meal. But figuring out the best portable options can sometimes feel like a monumental task, especially when you’re trying to avoid food additives, pesticides and potentially harmful food packaging.
Sugar is needed in all of our diets and as long as we make healthy choices as to where we obtain our daily intake, naturally sourced sugar should not be on the banned list for your back to school lunchbox.
Fruit Sugar like grapes and apples, veggies; such as carrot and cucumber sticks, are lunchbox staples because they’re healthy and easy to eat. They all contain a higher level of sugar, but its sugar easily digestible and burned off as energy. Beware, all four foods are produce with the highest levels of pesticides, so consider buying the organic varieties.
Healthy fats will keep your kids fuller for longer and are imperative for health cell growth and brain development, especially important for kids who are learning and developing.
Avocados are fabulous source of healthy fats and are least likely to hold pesticide residues, you could pair asparagus spears, cauliflower florets or organic carrots with a guacamole dip for a quick and easy addition to your back to school lunchbox.
If you need a helping hand with your guacamole dip – try out this super quick recipe.
If you are limiting the amount of meat your little one consumes, why not try using cheese as a meat free protein alternative. Cheese is a complete protein and contains a high amount of amino acids which allow our bodies to absorb all of its goodness. If you are concerned about fat intake, why not try a reduced fat cheddar.
Cheese can not only aid the growth of good gut bacteria but due to its high calcium levels its extremely good for kids teeth and bones. Now who can argue with that.
Indy Chef Top Tip: Choosing to grate your own cheese will ensure you can manage portion sizes and make it go further too. A cheese grater is the wonder tool of the kitchen and can be used in a variety of ways; It will even help to prepare the onions for your deliciously easy guacamole dip!
Make sure your child’s lunch box packs a punch of energy. For best results, children need to refuel with carbohydrates, proteins, and fruit and vegetables during school breaks.
“Carbohydrates feed the brain. The brain cannot store carbohydrates and, therefore, relies on you to provide it to the body within your meals.” See more…
Adding energy to your child’s lunchbox can be as simple as making a grated cheese and salad wholemeal wrap or pack up a tub of leftovers; such as wholewheat pasta Arrabbiata.
Sending your kids back to school can be stressful enough, but if you use our simple and delicious recipe guides, lunch box dilemmas will become a thing of the pass and you may even start to introduce the same foods into your lunchtime dishes.
Why not use our easy ‘cheat sheet’ below to remind you of the good, the better and the heathy.
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