One of the most common food mistakes I see when it comes to kids nutrition is a shortage of protein. Protein is the building block of the body and is super important for kids as they are growing at super high speeds! As a bonus protein keeps little tummies fuller for longer so there will be less “I’m hungry” complaints!
Here are my top healthy lunchbox ideas for kids that contain great levels of protein.
One of my favourite sources of protein and packed full of nutrition. Make sure you buy ‘real free range’ eggs that have been free to roam on natural pasture, preferably from your local market, health food shop or butcher. Better still get some pet chickens if you have the room.
Try adding whole hard boiled eggs to your kid’s lunch boxes, left over frittata or omelette or try my Egg and bacon bites
Quinoa is a grain substitute that is actually a seed, it is gluten free and easy on the digestive system for most people. Cook a batch of it and add chopped salad vegetable, left over roast vegetables, feta, pepitas, and olives. Try making a big batch of my chicken quinoa bowl for lunchboxes or a batch of these quinoa peanut butter balls.
Left over meat/ chicken/ fish from dinner
This is one of my favourite tricks for quick healthy lunches. Make a double sized roast, poach some extra chicken or make a second batch of fish cakes for lunches for the next day.
Wild tinned Salmon
Tinned salmon made my list of easy lunch box ideas that you can pick up at the supermarket. Not only is it high in protein but high in omega 3s, iodine, and zinc (all nutrients that are important for our children’s health).
Salmon is great on a mountain bread wrap with avocado and salad. Or make it into a dip and serve it with rice crackers.
Protein cookies or shakes
Some kids are adverse to meat and eggs in their lunch boxes so how about using a pure protein powder in cookies or even a shake to add to their lunch box.
Protein Banana Oat cookies
1 cup oats
1 cup sulfur free sultanas
1 cup organic shredded coconut
2 scoops protein powder (Try this all natural plant Inca Inchi protein )
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 mashed banana
1 tablespoon honey
Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then combine.
Use a tablespoon to form cookies and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Cook for 10 mins, Leave to cool and enjoy.
Now, what to pack all of this delicious, nutritious foods into
I have tried a lot of different lunchboxes over the last 5 years and the YUMBOX is my absolute favourite!
The separate compartments help me get creative (and avoid packing sandwiches every day!). The leak proof lid means I can pack wet things like yoghurt and dips next to dry things like rice crackers without them getting soggy.