Need some picky kid lunch ideas now they're going back to school? Give these healthy lunch box ideas a go to make sure your fussy eater gets the energy they need for the classroom and schoolyard.
Is your kid a picky eater? Does their lunchbox come home full of food every day? Make that a thing of the past with these quick tips and healthy recipes for picky kids.
This is a tried and true technique for parents of picky eaters. How do you hide veggies in food that your child will take to school? Here are a few easy ways:
The word ‘pizza’ can win over almost any picky eater, so how do you make pizza healthier? Make healthy pizza toppings by choosing a colourful range of vegetables. Extra points if you let the kids choose their toppings - get them involved and they’ll be more likely to eat up. If they're extra picky about veggies, try switching them up for some tropical pineapple. A controversial topping, but if it works…
You can make dips healthier by sneaking vegetables into them and sending them off with carrot or celery sticks. That's two hits of veg in one! If they're really fussy, pita bread crisps or flatbread are a great substitute.
If your child is still coming home with an untouched lunch, including an alternative sweet (but healthy) snack will at least tide them over until dinner. Wondering how to make a healthier sweet snack? Try using your child’s favourite dried fruit or yoghurt chips in muesli bars, or bake snacks that are rich in naturally sweet vegetables like pumpkin or sweet potato to cut down on sugar. Remember to use nut-free recipes like the ones below to keep the snacks safe for school.
Check out the recipes below which use a few of these tricks. They're also all bite-sized and delicious served at room temperature - but don't forget to send an ice-pack with any recipes that need to be kept cool!