Knowing what your child likes, and letting him or her help with the preparation of lunch, are two of the most important things you can do to ensure that your child eats a healthy and nutritious lunch.
Try to combine healthy options with everything – even meals that you’d normally consider a treat. Add a portion of fruit as a dessert, for instance, or ‘hide’ vegetables in pasta dishes.
Kids love to make their own lunches, so assembling a range of healthy ingredients, like lean meat or chicken, salad, cheese and other items, and then providing your child with pita breads, whole wheat bagels or other healthy grain based products, can be a great, easy way to ensure your child eats a healthy lunch.
Mini pizzas, made with halved English muffins or even slices of whole wheat bread, topped with tomato sauce, veggies, a little meat and cheese and then grilled are speedy, tasty and nutritious.
Yogurt, with muesli mixed into it, and fruit added for flavour, is another great option, or you could try plain and simple peanut butter sandwiches or crackers. A little bit of jam, or even a sprinkling of raisins can also add interest.
Even a baked potato, topped with baked beans, or chopped vegetables and cold meat, garnished with cheese and grilled can be a great quick and easy lunch dish for your child.