Getting kids excited about nutritious meals can be a challenge — especially when you have limited time to get creative about making and packing them. Try these tips from Dr. Jenna Bell to provide your kids with a healthy lunch they'll love while still managing to juggle everything else required to get them to school on time.
Cut up a pineapple or melon into bite-size pieces for snacks and lunches. Chop carrots, celery, cooked beets, jicama, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower and any other vegetable that might be good for dipping or snacking. Chopped vegetables can be kept fresh if kept sealed in a container with water for up to a week.
Rather than reaching for white sliced bread, get creative! Try whole-wheat pitas, flour or corn tortillas, nori seaweed wraps and lettuce wraps.
Take any bean (e.g., black, cannellini, navy, white, chickpea or red), and put them in a blender or food processor with olive oil, a bit of salt and some pepper — great with veggies and for lunch or afternoon snacks. Other ideas for the adventurous buds: olive and pepper relish (blend green and kalamata olives, roasted red peppers, garlic and parsley), herb salsa (parsley, cilantro, basil and/or thyme with olive oil and salt) and chermoula (ginger, garlic, oregano, parsley and lemon blended until smooth). Want to get your kids excited? Let them help!
Keep your kids hydrated and happy by adding a wee bit of flavor to their water with Stur — a natural liquid water enhancer with vitamins. Your kids will enjoy the refreshing fruit flavor, while you’ll be glad that their beverage of choice is calorie-free!
Get your kids hooked on salads by offering exciting blends. Not only can salads be good for a packed lunch or a quick dinner, they can also be spiced up to make them more interesting. Add seeds and nuts, dried cranberries or fresh fruits, chicken, tuna or egg salad, cheeses and spices. Creating your own salad dressing is another way to change the face of a salad with a simple blend of herbs, mustard and oils.