Lets face it, after a long day working against the grindstone, the last thing you want to do is pack a lunch for your kids for the next day, let alone put in the effort to make sure they’ll eat it. Finding the balance between what kids will eat and what’s good for them can be tricky, but fear not. Here are some healthy alternatives for a kid-friendly lunch:

Sandwiches have forever been the foundation of the packed lunch. Instead of using regular bread for the outside layer, try one of these healthier alternatives:

Pita and Veggies

Spread hummus, avocado or soft goat cheeese on a whole wheat pita wrap. You can fill the wrap with shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, sprouts, lettuce, avocado slices, “cashew cheese”, coloured peppers or pickles thinly sliced.

Veggies and dip

The choice in veggies is endless. I suggest cucumber wedges, broccoli trees, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, cauliflower spears, celery sticks, dill pickles or jerusalum artichokes, sliced. Hummus, miso tahini, tzatziki and guacamole make excellent dips!

Sweet treats for snacking

Satisfy your child’s craving for sugar with healthier alternatives, such as:

  • Homemade trail mix with superfoods (nuts, seeds cocoa nibs, gogi berries)
  • High Protein granola bars (GF/dairy-free)
  • Raw Macaroons (GF, dairy free, raw)
  • Individual yogurt
  • Dried fruits (dried bananas esp sweet and satisfying)
  • Apple slices in lemon and cinnamon in a little container