lunch box for your child is probably one of the most challenging tasks. It's easy to run out of ideas when it comes to your kid's lunch box. Moreover, packing and finding the same stuff day after day can become boring for parents and kids.
Hillary Wright, a Boston-based nutritionist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and a mother of three boys advises that your child's lunch box should pack at least three food groups. Since the lunch box mostly comprises of starchy foods make sure you give some fruits or salad as a side for their daily dose of fibre.
It is also important to respect your child's likes and preferences. Know your child's eating habits and he will be less likely to get a packed lunch box back home. It's nice to involve them every once in a while to choose and prepare their own meals so that they can develop their palates and a deeper interest in food. And while you're at it, you can teach them a thing or two about whole grains, proteins, nutrients that are essential and making healthy choices.
According to Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Dr. Sheela Krishnaswamy, "When it comes to dry lunch, mothers can pack vegetable parathas rich in vitamins and minerals, egg parathaor paneer paratha rich in carbohydrate and protein. You can also make a egg orpaneer pizza with a base made of millets. You just need to make boring health foods look delicious and inviting for the child and work on the presentation for them to like their meals."
In most cases, breakfast is usually a hurried affair and often lost in the hustle bustle of the morning madness. To make sure your kids actually eat well it is important to put in that extra thought while packing lunch for your little eaters who need energy through the day. If you feel you're stuck in the rut, let us help you take the stress out of packing. Make your kids smile when they open their lunch box to find new, interesting variations that keep their appetite healthy. So, skip the old, boring sandwiches and surprise them with these delicious and healthy lunch box ideas.
1. Oats Idli
Recipe by Ramya Parameswaran
Pack these delicious and healthy idlis that hide the goodness of oats, lentils and veggies. Your kids will never know.
2. Moong Dal Chila
Recipe by Food Blogger Rekha Kakkar
This moong dal chila is a great way to sneak good quality proteins in your child's meals. Top it with mushrooms, paneer or tofu to make it more exciting.
Recipe by Chef Roopa Gulati
A South Indian breakfast staple, upma is a great way to keep your little ones full and satisfied till they get back home.
4. Bread Poha
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
Chunks of bread mingled with fresh green peas, peanuts and light masalas, makes for a wholesome bite.
Recipe by Chef Arjun Gupta
Burgers need not be unhealthy. Make delicious patties with lentils and mushrooms placed between whole wheat buns.
6. Paneer and Salsa Tortillas
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal
Protein packed and delicious, paneer chunks wrapped in toasted corn tortillas and lathered with a tangy homemade salsa.
7. Quick Noodles
Recipe by Chef Vicky Ratnani
Toss up some quick noodles with mushrooms, lime juice, crunchy peanuts and some coriander. Light and lovely.
8. Egg Fried Rice
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta
For busy mornings when you're pressed for time, make this quick egg fried rice ready in only 25 minutes.
9. Pasta Salad with Broccoli and Baby Corn
Recipe by Plavaneeta Borah
This pasta salad is full of colour and flavour. Dress it up with some herbs and a dollop of fresh cream.
10. Multigrain Pizza
Recipe by Chef Seema Chandra
Pizza goes healthy! Make the base from scratch with whole wheat flour, oats, maize flour and nutrient-dense seeds. Top it up with some mushrooms or whatever your kids like.
It's tough to please children, especially when it comes to food. Their taste buds are much more enhanced and it is not easy to fool them into liking what they don't. At the same time, you need to make sure that they're getting adequate nutrition for steady growth and development. Therefore, packing the perfect