Fresh Ideas For School Lunches
It’s that time of year again. The weather will start to crisp, leaves will change and you will inevitably be stumped with what to make for your child’s school lunch. It can be a challenge; it needs to be quick and easy to prepare, nutritious, while also yummy so your child will eat it.
You must appeal to your child’s aesthetic, as well as their tummy, to generate interest in what you prepare. So, make the food visually interesting and interactive. Decide together, with your child, what the lunches will be for the next week. Have your child help you make things and add some surprises that she/he isn’t expecting.
Here are some fresh ideas for school lunches:
Make rice balls. Use sweet brown rice and form a ball. Put a little surprise in the middle of the ball, like a bit of smoked salmon or a green pea, then wrap it in a piece of nori (sea vegetable that most children love). You can also make these by mixing black beans and/or other vegetables with the rice and forming balls, which can be rolled in sesame seeds. This is a fun and healthy “finger food” for your child.
Think about which vegetables your child will eat, cut them up and place them in separate containers. Bento boxes work great for this. Carrots, red peppers and celery are colorful choices for a healthy lunch. Hummus or bean dip in a separate container for making wraps on-site is another interactive lunch idea that kids will find fun to put together. Let your child help you make a probiotic, rich and home-made cream cheese for dipping or spreading on celery. Include some sprouted grain wraps and grated vegetables to make up little roll-ups with this healthy “cream cheese”. Anything they can be a part of will be of more interest and enjoyable.
Here is a recipe for homemade cream cheese:
- 1 quart grass-fed, local and organic (if possible) unsweetened yogurt
- 1 small garlic clove, grated or pressed
- Seasoned salt, like Herbamare
- Chives or finely chopped parsley
- ½ tsp curry powder (optional)
Strain the full fat yogurt with a colander and coffee filter overnight, until you have separated the whey and the curds. Give the whey to your pets or put in a smoothie and use the thickened “cheese” to mix with the other ingredients.
Put some of the mixture in a small container along with some veggies and a tiny spatula for spreading. Your child will have fun putting a wrap together at school.
Check out this post to read about fresh juice.