5 Healthy LunchBox Ideas
Assalamualaikum and Olla everyone!
If you are a parent like me, you know how packing lunches for your child can be somewhat challenging. But it doesn't have to be that way. Just ensure that you provide your child with a healthy balanced meal with essential components of nutrition. I have set myself a 5-day lunchbox challenge, and I am so pleased now to share some of my ideas with other parents and show you how easy, fun and delicious, healthy lunchboxes can be! I hope this somehow give you some ideas and encourage you to create more for your little munchkin's lunchboxes too! I had so much fun doing this, and I felt great to be able to provide nourishment and delicious meals that my child would enjoy!
Not only it helps me to save money (instead of continuing buying outside or processed food), it also gives me a sense of relief because I am in control of what goes into my child’s body. I want to ensure that she consumes much more nutrition that is greatly needed for her body so she can grow up healthy and strong.
Day 1 - Bunny Rice LunchBox
The first lunch box, as you can see in the first picture above is a bunny rice. That’s what my daughter decide to call it haha.. It took me less than 15 minutes to make it. What needed are some salad drizzled with honey, instead of using mayo of dressing. Honey has lots of vitamins and minerals that is great for the body. It makes the salad tasted sweet and somehow encourages her to eat more raw veggies. I also used cooked rice mould it into rabbit shape and decor it with some seaweed. As for the protein I make scrambled eggs with scallions. Scallions contain vitamin A, C, K and also lots of minerals including calcium and potassium. For her snacking pleasure and to add different texture also add in cherry tomatoes.
Day 2 – Wantan Fun LunchBox
Next we have Wantan Fun Lunch Box. The moment I realise how easy it is to make wantan, you have no idea the amount of fun I had hahaha.. Just purchase a wantan sheet, put anything you want in it. Then seal it using water a glue then fold it as you wish. The last part is just to fry it. I prefer to use air fryer so you don’t need much oil to cook. To enjoy a healthier version, I used a mix of cooked portobello mushrooms and sesame dressing as the filling. Decided to use portobello mushrooms because it is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Zinc and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Selenium.
To jive in with the fun theme, I used purple cabbage as side. Do you know that they are very low in calories and high in fiber and nutrients? Purple cabbage is chock full of anthocyanins and it is a good idea to have them in your kids diets as it help protect the body from diseases. You can also encourage your kids to eat vegetable by cutting them into cute shaped like what I did with the carrot there. Turn it into flowers. Just to give you some ideas.
Day 3 : Meow Meow LunchBox
If you have lesser patience to mould, then you can always spread the rice and turn it to a background for your creation. Exactly, what I did with the kitty here. All you need is some seaweed and creativity to come up with an interesting looking lunch box. Like many others, I also tend to google online for some inspiration. This time I make teriyaki beef, serve it with lettuce. It is a great idea to have lettuce in your kids’ meal as lettuce leaves are extremely nutritious. I also used strawberry and carrot to give the meal pop of colours. However, it is not just to make it pretty. Do you know that strawberries contain potassium, vitamin K and magnesium which are important for bone health? It also helps to helps build strong hair and nails since it contains biotin.
Day 4 : Udon and Fish Ball LunchBox
You may also prepare udon by boiling them in
a miso soup with fish balls and tofu. Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. Instead of having rice day in and day out, you can use different types of food as an element of surprise such as noodle, udon or mee hoon and this method will keep them interested in exploring food. Pair this meal with banana and strawberry, plus cherry tomatoes to give my daughter much more nutrients.
Day 5 ; Little Garden LunchBox
For the final day of the challenge, I decided to make fried rice. Here I made brown rice instead of white rice. White rice, unlike brown rice, has the bran and germ removed, and it has different nutritional content. Brown rice is a whole grain and a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, and manganese, and it is high in fibre. I added in a chunk of meat for protein intake along with some carrots. For the side dishes, I sliced some avocado. We all know that avocado contain around 20 vitamins and minerals. Not only it tasted creamy and yummy, it is packed with nutrients as well.
I am not saying I’m a perfect mother. There were times when I fed my daughter fast food such as yummy fried chicken hahaha.. It okay, it is almost impossible to be a perfect mother. But there are many ways to become better and be the mother you want to be. It is never too late to learn the ways to promote healthy eating habits, and keep your child healthy and happy!
Because you have stayed this long to read my story, I shall give you a BONUS healthy lunchbox idea. Cut fruits and sushi! Nyum Nyum! My daughter is currently obsessed with lunchboxes. If you noticed, we recently got this cute colourful lunchboxes which has separate compartments that can be used to present food in creative ways. For more details, you can check it out at Dumex Dugro Bekal Nutrisi.
There is also a contest , where you can share
out a picture of your healthy lunchbox creation and be in the running to win prizes like kitchen appliances worth up to RM2000. For more information, do check out on the contest details at Resepi Mama contest.
Thank you so much for reading this. I hope you have gained some ideas on what to prepare healthy lunchboxes for your kids. Don’t forget to share your creation and stand a chance to be one of the 5 winners! All the best!