For many kids, summertime is synonymous with ice cream, Slurpees, and marshmallows by the campfire. Back to school is a perfect time for moms to get their little ones back on the healthy-eating band wagon. Below are some tried and true tips for making you kid's lunches nutritious and delicious!
1. Use avocado as a spread instead of mayo or butter. Avocados are a superfood packed with essential fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin E, Vitamin B and potassium, all necessary for healthy growth and development in kids.
To make a yummy avocado spread, try my mom's favourite and super-simple recipe: mash one whole avocado with one tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of paprika, and a touch of salt and pepper.
2. Make a colorful fruit salad. A lot of kids prefer foods they find aesthetically pleasing. A fruit salad with a variety of vibrant fruits fits this bill! Fruit salad is also great because it saves kids the hassle of peeling fruit which can be a deterrent for an impatient young 'un on the go.
3. Grate veggies into sandwich fillings. This is a sneaky way to serve veggies to the pickiest of eaters! Plus, some veggies like beets add a lovely colour to spreads, making them more enticing to kids.
Simply grate your veggie of choice directly into a sandwich filling or spread, and blend. My friend's kids love zucchini grated into tuna salad.
4. Switch the jelly in the classic Pb & J sandwich with banana. It provides the same sweetness but without the empty calories. Loaded with such nutrients as Vitamin B6, manganese, Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, copper and biotin, bananas should be a staple in every family's diet.
5. Replace pudding with Greek yogurt. Your kids will enjoy the same creamy consistency and sweet flavour, but their growing bones will benefit from all the calcium, magnesium, folate and riboflavin. The flavoured varieties are often the most popular, but are loaded with sugar. To make your own healthier alternative, purchase a plain yogurt, and blend in berries and unpasteurized honey/agave syrup.