Goodbye Boring Lunch, Welcome Healthy Lunchbox Snack Ideas
If you’re looking for some fun and healthy lunchbox snack ideas for kids, you’ve come to the right place!
Growing kids frequently get hungry at school and crave yummy snacks. But many packaged snacks for kids are very unhealthy. They’re often brimming with refined flour, added sugars and preservatives, and artificial colors.
These healthy and creative grab-and-go snacks can even be made early so you can grab, pack them in the lunchbox, and…. GO to school!
Veggie Pita Pocket
Veggies are stacked with significant nutrients and minerals. Most parents find it challenging to get their children to eat vegetables. However, if you make it a good time for them, they’re bound to attempt the veggies.
Spread some hummus in a full wheat pita pocket and cut raw veggies, like, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce, and capsicum. Let your kid pick a couple of veggies and fill the pita.
Sushi Balls That Are Fun to Eat
If your children enjoy sushi, they will enjoy opening their lunch boxes to find these fun sushi rice balls. They’re the highly portable sandwich alternative for school days, loaded with protein and carbs to help keep their attention for longer.
Your choice – chicken, tuna, salmon, pork, beef
2 tbsp Sushi seasoning
95g tin tuna (optional)
1 sheet Nori
2 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 cup Sushi rice
1 cup of water
Wash the rice thoroughly to ensure all starch has been removed
Soak the rice for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to cooking
To steam the rice you can do this by placing it in a pot over the stove or in an electric cooker
For every cup of rice you want to cook, match it with a cup of water. eg. this recipe is for 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of water
Once the rice is steamed, the texture should be fluffy and firm
Cup approximately 1/4 cup of rice in one hand.
Add your protein and a piece of avocado in the middle.
Top with another 1/4 cup of rice and gently bring it together into a ball shape.
Using sharp scissors, cut shapes from the nori. Press onto balls to decorate.
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet Potatoes are perhaps the most extravagant beta-carotene source for your body. Beta-carotene is a supplement that can be changed over into vitamin A by your body, resulting in healthy skin and eyes.
Homemade baked Sweet Potato fries are a nutritious alternative to French fries.
Making homemade Sweet potato fries is simple. All you need to do is strip and cut the sweet potatoes, toss the potatoes in olive oil and sprinkle them with ocean salt. Bake in the oven at 220C for 20 minutes or until they are crispy.
Most children love energy balls because they taste like cookies. Each energy ball is different and you can mix up the ingredients to suit your child however most energy balls are made with common ingredients like dates, oats, and honey.
You can make energy balls with either ground flax or whole chia seeds, both are full of fiber, protein, and antioxidants.
Our no bake carrot cake bliss balls were an absolute hit. You can view the recipe here.
Homemade Fish sticks
Kids and fish go great together for so many reasons. While not so ideal for a lunchbox this is a great lunch time treat for weekends or younger children at home. Fish is high in protein and omega-3 unsaturated fats that help assist mental health and heart well-being.
Four fish fillets (cut into strips, firm, large)
1 1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/3 cup parsley
1/3 cup parmesan (shredded)
One lemon (Rind only)
60 g Butter (melted)
Combine breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan, and lemon rind in a large bowl.
Toss fish strips in melted butter, then toss in breadcrumb mixture.
Bake at 220°C for 10-15 minutes or until fish fingers are crisp, cooked, and golden.
Serve warm fish fingers with tartare sauce and green salad.
We hope our healthy lunchbox snack ideas will help you make lunch time both healthy and fun for your children.