Guys, since the kids are now back in school and my little man has just started his play group, I jotted down a few ideas for healthy lunch snacks which I've now turned into a blog post to share a few ideas to help keep our kids heathy!
No.1 Banana pancakes & Fruit
This is my usual recipe of banana pancakes: 1/2 cup of raw oats, 1 banana, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend all the ingredients and cook as regular pancakes. Send a piece of fruit with them.
You can cook them a night before or for the entire week. Once prepared you can then freeze them in individually wrapped portions, and then take out the night before you need them.
No. 2 Chesse Ham Rolls, Carrot & Cucumber sticks and Oat Biscuits
You can make cheese rolls with cheddar, or with cream cheese and ham. I part boiled the carrots and cut a few cucumber sticks before serving with some oat biscuits.
No.3 Shaped Sandwiches, Nuts & a piece of fruit
Sandwich filing ideas: Ham & cheese, Cream cheese and banana, peanut butter and home made strawberry jam, almond butter, tuna and chocolate spread with strawberries.
No.4 Grated Apple and Cheddar Quesadilla
To make the quesadilla, simply grate 1 apple and some cheddar cheese and combine them. Place them inside a wholemeal wrap. fold in half and cook in a frying pan until the cheese has melted. Cut in fours and then it's ready to go. They are delicious and kids love them.
No.5 Crackers, Cheese and Fruit
This is a very simple idea, especially for those days that you are in a rush and have not much time to prepare something. This is a really quick yet nutritious lunch box.
No.6 Veggie-egg Muffins, Fuit & Yogurt
To make this I simply chopped a piece of green and red peppers, 1/2 tomato, 1 tablespoon of chopped onion. Combined in a bowl with 1 egg, grated cheese , sea salt and pepper. Place mixture inside muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius
No. 7 Chicken stripes, Popcorn & Fruit
Those left over pieces of chicken from dinner are a great option for next day lunch box. Add some popcorn and a piece of fruit and you have a very complete and nutritious lunch box
No. 8 Apple Chips, Nuts & Raisins
These apple chips are so easy to make! Simply slice an apple as thin as you can. Cover a tray with grease-proof paper. Place the sliced apple on top and bake for 30 minutes at 150 degrees celsius. Allow them to cool down to crisp. You can sprinkle them with a bit of cinnamon. They are delicious!
You can make sweet potato crisps as well.
No. 9 Almond Butter Rice Sandwiches, Banana & Yogurt
This option as well is for those days where you are in a rush. You can still manage to send them something healthy.
No. 10 Baked Oats, Yogurt & Fruit
I made these baked oats in a muffin shape as opposed to a big square as I cooked it before. Here is the recipe for the baked oatmeal muffins: http://momfitnessdiary.blogspot.ie/search?q=baked+oatmeal
Avoid sending sugary snacks for your kids. Is our responsibility as parents to help them and educate them to like healthy and nutritious food. They will thank you later in life and you are helping preventing a number of sickness!
Remember that every time you eat you are either feeding disease or fighting it!