Choose foods your kiddy likes. If you want to introduce new foods or recipes, try them at home first and when you have your kid on board, add them in the lunchboxes.
When we feed kids, it’s helpful to follow the division of responsibility. It’s the parents’ job to provide the food you want your kids eating. It’s the kids job to choose how much to eat of what you have offered. Within this framework, allow your kid to choose recipes or foods that they want in their lunchbox. Get them involved in the recipe choosing, shopping and prepping – kids who feel they have autonomy or have made a food are more likely to eat it!
Aim for a healthy plate:
SAVE TIME! - use left overs. When you’re making dinner, make extras for the kids to take to school. Use the sandwich as a vehicle to get veggies and protein (chicken, ham, egg, meat, fish, beans) into your kiddies for sustained energy.
KEEP IT SIMPLE! Lunches don’t need to be fancy. At the end of the day, the most important things, is your child has food they will eat, feels good after eating it and has enough energy to allow them to learn, grow and play.
FAVOURITE GO TO RECIPES!
Chocolate and Orange Black-bean Bliss Balls
To make - whizz until smooth
1 tin of drained black beans
2 cups raisins
2 cups sunflower seeds
2 tbsp cocoa powder
Rind of 1 orange
Juice of 1 orange
Roll into balls. Cover with desiccated coconut. Time in the kitchen: 10 minutes
Chocolate and Popcorn Muesli bar
To make. In a large bowl assemble muesli ingredients-
2 cups popcorn
1 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1 cup of toasted peanuts
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of whizzed/chopped dates
In a pot melt -
100 grams of butter or coconut oil
½ cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp of cocoa powder
Stir so it is well mixed and doesn’t burn. Heat until bubbling for 5 minutes. Take off the heat and pour over muesli mix. Stir so well mixed. Press firmly into slice tin. Refrigerate to set. Time in the kitchen: 15 minutes
Elise is a Registered Dietitian, based in Auckland. She is a mum of 3 tweens and teens and is an avid foodie and nutrition blogger.
You can find her blogs and 100’s of gluten free recipes on Facebook and at feednourishfeast.com