August 2010 – Healthy Lunchboxes


Dear Mykidstime Parents,

It’s almost that time of year again, when we’ll be back to the daily routine of packing a lunchbox for school. These days we’re more conscious than ever of the importance of feeding our kids well, but it can be a challenge to think of new and healthy foods to give our children, never mind ones they’ll actually eat. This month, we show you three recipes that fit the bill on all counts – they’re healthy, tasty and make enough for a few days’ worth of lunches.

Children are more likely to eat veggies if they can dip them into something, and this quick and easy hummus is perfect. Carrot batons are the number one choice, but you could also try slices of peppers or cucumbers or spread it on bread or in a pita.

These ham and cheese muffins are a great alternative to the usual sandwich. The fifteen minutes you spend making them one day will be repaid during the week if you stash them in the freezer. You can then grab as many as you need from the freezer the night before, pop them into a reusable plastic container and stow them in the fridge – they’ll be thawed by lunchtime the next day, saving you the trouble of making sandwiches every day. They’re perfect for lunchboxes, but would also be good served alongside a bowl of soup.

There’s only 75 grams of sugar in the entire loaf of Apple, Cranberry and Walnut Bread, making it the perfect healthy treat for a school lunchbox or after-school snack, or try it toasted for breakfast or as an elevenses with a cup of tea for yourself.

A healthy lunch doesn’t have to be a boring lunch!  If you’ve got any recipes or ideas for lunches or questions, you can post them on the Lunches section of the MyChat forum

From our kitchens to yours,

Kelly & Kristin

You can find these recipes and more family favourites on our blog,

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