7 Simple Tips for Kids Healthy Lunches, Dinners and Snacks
I wake up and think of food. Food glorious food. Not for myself of course, although that would be quite a nice thing to do.
No, I start my day by dishing up three different breakfasts. The oldest likes marmite on toast with a glass of milk, middle son loves sultana bran and the youngest will eat anything. He also goes around finishing everyone else’s meal. Including mine.
Then it’s onto school lunches. How do I make today’s lunch a little different from yesterdays?
I know, I’ll do a smiley face on the Tupperware container and do melon balls instead of triangles. Genius…
8am – What to have for dinner?
Ignore all requests for McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza and defrost lamb chops.
Now it gets interesting, for the next 6 hours I have a constant battle with Mr two year old that wants to snack every 20 minutes. Coming up with healthy options for him is tough. I’m lucky he likes fruit but what he really wants are cookies.
Then it’s afternoon snacks for the big kids before serving up their dinner and then cleaning most of it off the ground. Lucky for me I get my meal cooked for me by the hubby, and then it all starts again the next day.
Here are some useful tips to making life a little easier.
7 Simple Tips for Kids Healthy Lunches, Dinners and Snacks:
- Be organised. Write a shopping list of the weekly dinners. Include fruit, veg and snacks for school lunches. (Try and not leave the list on the kitchen bench, like me)
- Make a batch of muffins that can be frozen and used in school lunches when needed. (great recipe here)
- Plan your weekly family meals so you can take the stress out of deciding what to have every day. You will be less likely to grab a takeaway.
- Try and have roast lamb or chicken during the week so you can slice up the meat and use it for sandwiches the next day. Any leftovers will be great for a pasta bake the next night.
- Cut up fruit and store it in containers in the fridge. I always have sliced watermelon and grapes in small containers. Easy for little ones to grab themselves.
- Get kids involved in Food preparation and writing shopping lists. They will be more likely to try different things if they’ve selected it at the shops themselves.
- Write up a time for eating snacks and meals. Make it colourful and leave it where the kids can see it. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. Works well for older kids, not so much for two year olds.
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- Lorna Marquet