“Such a boring breakfast” or “I don’t like my lunch box today” are comments that are made by kids in every household. Why not use simple tips that infuse awesomeness into breakfast, the daily lunch boxes for school or for the occasional outing?
Here are five creative ways to make food healthy and more fun for your kids.
– Dried Nuts
Pack a small box of mixed nuts that include almonds, raisins, cashew, figs, peanuts, etc. Slide in this box into your kids’ bag before they leave the house, as a fun lunch-time surprise. Dried fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber that aid blood flow and promote digestive health. They will keep energy levels in check, through the day.
Often, we may underestimate the power of sprouts, simply because it takes time for grains to sprout and we need to remember to soak them, way in advance. But, the moment grains spout, their nutritional value increases drastically. Almost magically, sprouting increases the content of vitamin A, B’s, C and E, as well as calcium and iron. Surprisingly, many kids like eating sprouts owing to their crunchy texture. Add them to their morning sandwich or pack up some in their lunch box for school. Eat them raw or boiled, they taste as good!
Here’s an idea for a simply brilliant, delicious and surprising twist to what you pack in your kid’s tiffin box for an outdoor trip – add-ons. A fun twist to your kids’ regular school break would be to pack a sachet of their favourite nut butter – healthy peanut butter, along with their lunch box. Kids can snack on it or add it to sandwiches or rolls. Peanut butter is a great source of protein that will keep your kids’ energy going, through the day.
– Energy Balls with Nut Butter
Homemade energy balls are the easiest and healthiest snack-to- pack-on- the-go for your kids (and for you, too!) Energy balls made with oats, dates, and nuts can be made extra-nutritious by adding a few dollops of high protein peanut butter. Dates are a great source of energy, and provide a generous amount of dietary fiber, are rich in minerals as well as vitamin B. Nuts provide protein and dietary fiber too. Add The Butternut Co.’s Chocolate Peanut Butter and take the taste experience to the next level. As a variation, you could try other flavours of nut butter, such as cashew or almond. Make your own version and see the happy results for yourself.
– Veg Rolls and Sandwiches with Peanut Butter
The next time you make veg rolls or sandwiches for your kids, make sure you slather a generous layer of natural peanut butter on the bread or the chapatti, before spreading out the veggies. It’s a surprising and simple way of enhancing the taste.
Fun, easy and not to mention delicious, these five easy ways of changing the food items that your kids eat every day, could bring them one step closer to eating healthy, without any more fuss. Try any of these fun food concepts and tell us some of your own creative kids’ food ideas, too.