Variety key to lunches
GETTING your kids to eat healthy can be a daily challenge. And for many parents, making lunches day in and day out can become a bit of a chore as well.
Chantelle Ellem is the author of parenting blog Fat Mum Slim, and says many parents can fall into the habit of choosing the same food for lunch every day.
There are tips and tricks that parents can use to break, what she says can sometimes feel like a tired lunch box routine.
“All we want is what’s best for our kids … even when it comes to lunchtime,” Ellem says.
“A little creativity can go a long way, and kids won’t be eating vegemite sandwiches all the time.”
Ellem suggests taking much loved classics and adding a few secret ingredients to make them healthy, and trying a “tasting plate” approach to lunch.
“My kids love grazing options,” Ellem says.
“I’ll do little bits of foods they can pick and choose from. Avocado dip with carrot sticks, vegetable chips, fresh strawberries, sushi, little sandwiches, cold meats or leftovers.”
Grating a carrot into a regular burger patty or using avocado rather than butter on a sandwich can also help kids embrace healthier food options.
Alison Walker, a mum of four from Bondi, uses what she calls “sneak tactics” to get her two school-aged boys to eat healthy.
“I make protein balls for them, they just know them as that, and they think it’s made out of chocolate, but it’s actually fruit, like sultanas and raisins,” she says.
Walker says as her 9-yearold son Harrison has gotten older she has been able to explain the importance of a balanced diet.
“If they help out in the kitchen I can make their lunches and they can see what I put in them.
“They realise that it actually tastes OK, even if it is healthy.”
Getting kids to eat healthy can be hard. Picture: Chantelle Ellem