How to Sneak More Veg Into Your Kids Lunchbox

Preparing a healthy school lunch for the kids doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some fresh tips to help your little ones get their 5+ a day

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Vegetables are packed full of nutrients and are really good for us. We all know that, right? But getting our kids to actually eat them is another story. Try these ideas for squeezing in more vegetables to their lunches and snacks.

Lunch Ideas:

• Load sandwiches up with vegetables: grated carrot, capsicum, sliced mushrooms and spinach. Add sliced cucumbers or baby spinach for crunch

• Add diced carrots, corn, silverbeet, onions and tomatoes to chop suey for a colourful lunch

• Make home made salsa with tomatoes, mangos, avocados, red onion, coriander and lime juice. Use as a dip or sandwich filling

• Fill vegetarian sushi with avocado, finely sliced carrots, red peppers, cucumber and silverbeet

• Use up left over potato salad, roast vegetables or summer salads, serve in air tight containers, add a low fat dressing and crispy noodles

• Bake savoury pinwheels the night before with onion, parsley, courgette, capsicum and lean bacon

• Try vegetarian pizzas in the lunchbox. Use tomato paste on the base and cover with chopped courgette, capsicum, mushroom, red onion and tomato

• Slice cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, tomato wedges and grated carrots and put in zip lock bags with bread or a bun separately, so the kids can make their own sammies

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School Lunch Snack Ideas:

• Mix chopped kiwifruit, apples, pears and oranges with low-fat yogurt. Children tend to eat more fruit when it is chopped up

• To stop chopped apple turning brown rub with a little lemon juice before you pack them up

• Spread avocado on your sandwiches instead of butter

• Leave tomatoes on the side for your child to add to their sandwiches so that sandwiches don’t become soggy and inedible.

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