When it comes to packing your kids’ lunch, we understand that planning a meal ahead of time can be a bit of a struggle. However, planning a vegan-friendly meal is a different ball game, especially if your kids are not used to eating a healthy packed lunch. If that’s the case, here are five tips you need to create the ultimate vegan-friendly lunchbox for your kids.
Planning is key
When it comes to creating any meal, planning and preparing beforehand is essential. By creating a list of lunch ideas you know your child will love, you won’t have to run around every morning wondering what to pack. Try having fun with it and add something different each day to keep your kids surprised because, let’s face it, eating the same lunch every day can be boring.
Keep it balanced
Adding your little one’s favourite snacks and foods are great. However, it’s still essential to keep it balanced. This means including at least three food groups in their lunches, such as fruit, veggies, grains and protein.
Some of these food groups can include the following
While these are healthier alternatives, there’s no reason you should limit yourself and your child to only these three food groups. By adding a variety to their foods, you’ll be able to show them that eating healthy can be fun.
Get the kids involved
Sure, prepping your kids’ lunch box adds another task to your to-do list. However, it also creates an opportunity to include your kids while also teaching them to be self-sufficient. Let them decide which fruits and vegetables they’d like to have, and if you’re adding a healthy snack like BodiCafé’s Anytime Essential Seed Crunchie or BodiCafé’s cashew nuts, allow them to take the lead in choosing what they’d like to have as their snack. Remember, allowing your kids to assist in planning their lunch will make them feel more comfortable eating healthy foods, and your kids will appreciate that their opinions are being heard.
Jazz it up
When it comes to prepping their lunches; have fun with it. Sticking to the same lunches for weeks on end can lead to your kids getting bored, which is why switching it up from time to time is essential. Even if it’s just once or twice a week, by adding something new into their routine, like letting them choose their favourite fruit or adding their own ingredients, they’ll be one snack closer to sparking their creativity.
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