Cute, Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids will Want to Help Make!
One of the best ways to teach your kids about healthy eating and the origins of their food is to get them involved in food prep. Whether your little one is heading off to school or you’re planning a festive picnic in the backyard, these kid-friendly recipes will be fun to eat and fun to make.
Build Your Own Sandwiches
Kids are often more inspired to eat when they’ve chosen their ingredients, so why not let your culinary helper create her own mini sandwiches from healthy ingredients? Using a segmented serving tray (think Lunchables), lay out all of the possible ingredients so she can pick and choose what she’d like best. Use mini buns to make the finished experience that much more enjoyable!
Sticky Fruit Leather
Build play into your child’s dessert with healthy alternatives to cookies and candies. Your miniature cook will love helping you build up layers of ingredients for fruit leather and you’ll love making a treat without the guilt of sugar. It starts with a whole wheat tortilla onto which you spread cream cheese infused with fruit puree or sugar-free jam. Add some whole pieces of fruit such as strawberry slices or blueberries and roll it up!
What kid doesn’t love pizza? This meal is a fantastic way to incorporate lots of nutritious options like veggies and protein in a fun, hand-sized package. Start with mini pitas or English muffin halves and sugar-free tomato sauce. Then organize great pizza toppings like mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, pineapple, broccoli, spinach, and cheese and let them create a pizza masterpiece! Top with cheese and bake for 5-10 minutes until it melts together.
These sandwiches will be the envy of all the other kids at school. Together with your tiny chef, mix up your favorite recipe for tuna salad and layer it between some hearty pieces of bread. Then cut the sandwich into fish shapes and add a round of carrot for the eye.