Run out of ideas for you or your child's lunchbox? Here are some delicious lunchtime (mini) meals and snack ideas, which are great for kids and adults alike, PLUS! these Quick 'n Easy Lunchbox Snacks are super quick and easy to prepare too.
Listed below are a few quick, easy and yummy lunchbox snack ideas (some healthier options than others, although we did attempt to keep a good balance).
Ham rolls or sliced viennas - Although not the most healthy option, this is a quick and easy snack that most kids love.
Muffins - A great source of fiber and yummy too. Choose bran or carrot muffins for a healthier option.
Scrambled egg croissant - Although more of a breakfast for most, scrambled egg on a fresh croissant is perfect for lunch too (it's so delish that I would even eat it for dinner). Add sliced tomato and lettuce for a well balanced lunch. Eggs provide protein and tomatoes are filled with healthy nutrients.
Fresh fruit - Chop up some mango, apple, watermelon, sweet melon, kiwi or any other fruit that you and your child love, for a quick, easy and healthy snack. Combine a variety of your child's favourite fruits, to create a colourful and tasty fruit salad.
Dried fruit - Not a favourite amongst all children but for those that don't mind, dried fruit contains a rich source of minerals and protein and is also high in fiber. Dried fruit is more concentrated in sugar and calories than fresh fruit, so you may want to control portion sizes. Also be careful when buying sugar coated dried fruit.
Baked potato smiley's - Bake in the oven and serve with your child's favourite dip/sauce. Potatoes are a very good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C as well as other healthy nutrients.
Yoghurt - Add a small bottle of drinking yoghurt to your childs lunchbox for a tasty snack, which is satisfying enough to keep those hunger pangs away. Provides calcium and protein, is good for the colon, easy to digest and boosts immunity.
Chicken stuffed baked potato - Left overs from the last night? Remove the inside of half a (baked or boiled) potato with a tablespoon and fill with cubed or shredded chicken and cream cheese, for a delicious lunch time meal! Be sure to wrap it securely with foil or cling wrap so that the food doesn't spill out into your child's lunchbox.
Cheese - Cream crackers topped with cheese are just as yummy as bite sized blocks of cheese on its own. Cheese is a great source of calcium and promotes strong bones and teeth.
Biltong - Biltong is a great source of protein and low in carbohydrates. Not only is biltong oh so tasty and loved by most, but also makes for a healthy lunchbox snack. You could also cut up some droëwors into bite sized bits and enjoy 🙂
Raw vegetables - Carrot sticks (or baby carrots), cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes are perfect lunchbox fillers. Vegetables are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, providing great health benefits.
Avo with tuna filling - (This one is definitely my favourite). Cut an avocado pear in half, remove the pip and fill with canned tuna (tuna in salt water is a healthier option). Add a dollop of mayo for extra flavour. Tuna is full of omega-3 fatty acids and avocado provides calcium, vitamin C and K, folic acid, dietary fibers and other nutrients.
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