Make healthy eating fun with these fantastic lunch box ideas.
Getting your children to eat the right foods is just part of being a parent, and although sometimes it can seem like pushing water uphill would be the easier option, providing healthy snacks and encouraging good nutrition in your kids doesn't have to be hard.
Here are some tips and ideas that can help make eating healthy as easy and enjoyable as possible – for all involved. Speaking of involvement…
Involving children in the lunch making process not only helps them develop good habits and encourages self-respect; it is also a great way of making sure they eat their lunch.
Children who are actively involved in preparing their lunch are more likely to eat their lunch
and more importantly understand the importance of healthy eating. Involving children in the process also opens the opportunity to discuss with them the benefits of healthy eating and explaining why some of the foods they have formed a liking to are not always the healthiest option.
Whether you’re in a 5 star restaurant, or you are packing lunch boxes, presentation is everything! Providing your children with alternative ways of packaging their meals is a great way of breaking the monotony of the day and encouraging them to try something new.
Create a theme throughout the lunch box, encouraging them to eat all the elements of their healthy lunch – or pick a colour and try to choose only food and packaging that matches. Whatever the case may be, if you make an effort with the look and feel of your child’s lunch there’s a good chance they’ll reward you by eating it all – and asking for it again the next day!
What you decide to pack for lunch on a daily basis is totally up to you of course, but if you want a good guide for healthy living and better nutrition then be sure that you cover all of the 4 pillars with every meal:
Creating healthy snacks and unique lunch box ideas can seem daunting when you first start changing routines and trying new things,. Ironically, the real secret to making a school lunch that will actually get eaten is to think outside of the (lunch) box and get a little creative. I guess what we’re trying to say here is - don’t try and reinvent the wheel - maybe just present it a bit differently.