The idea of restricting your kid’s meals to a sandwich is both unhealthy and off-putting. Children also differ in taste and preference, and yours may not like the standard ham sandwich. There are other ways you can create a more satiating, more exciting, and possibly healthier lunch with just simple additions.
The following ideas and recipes provide some lunchbox inspiration to help you cut back sandwiches.
The Energy Bites
The chocolate chips common in energy bites are a major attraction to the kids. If you don’t love the chocolate idea, you can replace them with dried cranberries or raisins. There’s more than the chocolate. You make the energy bites by mixing a cup of honey, cooking oats, peanut butter, and a handful of chocolate chips or raisins. Stir to combine everything and form the ingredients into balls. Refrigerate until it’s time to pack. There are tons of nutrients packed in the bite-sized ball, including fiber and protein from the peanut butter and the whole grains.
Corn Dog Muffins
This is a somewhat traditional kid lunch with a bit of twist. The meal possesses all the corn dog goodness but comes without the stick. You make Corn dog muffins by making cornbread mix according to the instructions. Drop the ready cornbread mix into a pan and slice a hot dog in each one. Strictly follow the package directions to bake the combo, and you are all set. Additional ingredients may include raisins and pretzels.
Balsamic Chicken Salad
Including salad in your kid’s lunch box ensures they eat light but stay full for longer. The dish itself is enjoyable to look at, given the numerous ingredients incorporated. When combined with quinoa, the balsamic chicken salad is the perfect combination of fiber and lean protein from the grain-like quinoa seed and protein from the veggies. Your child won’t go hungry all day after this lunch.
Cheese And Bacon Mini Quiches
The mini quiches are also a perfect choice if you have a party or have friends coming over. The fuss-free dish is easy to make and is ready to pack for your kid’s lunch even when frozen. You start by frying onions and bacon as you make an egg-milk mixture. Cut circles of puss pastry and add the fried onions and bacon along with cheese. Pour the egg mixture into the cases and allow time to cook. Freeze the mini quiches when they are already and pack them into the kid’s lunch boxes as they will have defrosted by tea break.
This meal incorporates 6 superfoods that make a great alternative to other muffins since they aren’t crumbly. The Greek yogurt, apples, egg, and oatmeal in these muffins greatly benefit your kid’s health. You can prepare an excess of this meal and freeze it as a lunch box filler for a few weeks.
Introducing an alternative meal is one of the preparations for your kid’s back to school experience. Replacing the ordinary sandwiches with the options highlighted above not only boosts your child’s mood but also provides them with essential nutrients.