Not only delicious but healthy too, these Spring Rolls help kids “eat a rainbow” every day. Kids will love helping you to make these by deciding on what to put in them and even helping to roll the rice paper around the veggies.
A hummus (or other dip) platter helps you break out of the (sandwich-shaped) box. Pair hummus, or another bean dip your kids enjoy, with fresh cut veggies and crackers. Add grapes for a sweet treat and chunks of chicken for a protein boost. My “sneaky little muffins” are great alongside.
Eggs are a really nutritious way to get some protein into your kids (their nutritional profile is amazing!) and they are not just for breakfast. Try this simple technique for cooking eggs as a lunchtime treat: Whisk eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Grease a muffin tin with butter. Pour a small amount of whisked eggs into the tin, add diced veggies, cheese and ham, and then pour remaining eggs to fill the muffin cup. Bake in a 350 degree oven until eggs are set.
Kid-Approved Buddha Bowl
Here is a great way to use up some hummus (or other bean dip) and leftover rice. Assemble a buddha bowl with cooked brown rice, sauteed veggies (sneak in some bok choy for a hit of healthy greens), roasted chickpeas (rinse cooked or canned chickpeas, toss in olive oil and sea salt, and roast in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until crispy) and a dollop of hummus. If seeds are no problem at your child’s camp, top with sesame seeds and sunflower seeds for a yummy crunch.
A salad can be any creative combination of your child’s favourite foods and summer is the perfect time to enjoy this take on a healthy balanced meal. Here’s a combination most kids will enjoy: toss cubed chicken with bocconcini cheese, roasted red peppers and corn (add some of your leftover roasted chickpeas for extra crunch). Mix equal parts BBQ sauce (look for a low-sugar brand) and plain greek yogurt to make a dressing. You could also substitute grated cheddar cheese for the bocconcini and try this inside a sprouted grain wrap.
Lunches don’t have to be the regular-old ham and cheese. Interesting shapes of veggies or fruit keep interest up as well as skewers of savoury and sweet foods like ham and pineapple with a basil leaf. The more inspired you are, the more your kids will be. Try these ideas and share your own below.
Lianne Phillipson-Webb is the founder of Sprout Right, a company that specializes in pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal nutrition for women, as well as good food and health for the whole family. With over ten years of experience, Lianne is a registered nutritionist, author, member of the International Organization of Nutrition Consultants, and mother of two.