Healthy Lunch Ideas for Under 5's

Nutrition Australia

Mon 09-Jan-17

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A healthy and nourishing lunch is important to help kids stay alert and active throughout the day. If your kids are tired of the same old sandwich, why not mix and match some of the following more exciting options? 

There’s a wide variety of healthy breads to from

Wholemeal, white, multigrain, rye and hi-fibre breads or rolls including burritos, English muffins, focaccia, lavash, pita, raisin or fruit loaf, tortillas and Turkish bread, rice and corn cakes and plain or fruity scones.

Ideas for delicious wraps or sandwiches

  • Egg and shredded lettuce
  • Lean roast meat, avocado & tomato
  • Hummus and salad
  • Baked beans
  • Cheese, shredded lettuce and vegemite
  • Mashed sardines, salmon or tuna mixed with chutney, avocado or ricotta cheese
  • Chicken, chopped tomato and capsicum
  • Cream cheese, turkey or chicken and cranberry sauce
  • Cottage cheese, tuna and sprouts
  • Cheese, chicken and avocado
  • Cheese, ham and tomato
  • Mashed banana and ricotta cheese

Use one of the above breads as a mini pizza base and add a yummy topping

  • Ham, cheese and pineapple
  • Chicken, capsicum and cheese
  • Mushroom, onion, capsicum and cheese
  • Chicken, avocado, tomato and cheese

Meals with noodle, pasta or rice as their main ingredient can be served hot or cold, so are ideal for eating at home or in a lunch box 

  • Fried rice made with rice, egg, chicken or ham, peas, corn, spring onions, bean shoots and salt reduced-soy sauce
  • Chicken noodles made with noodles, chicken (or lean beef/lamb) carrots, capsicum, onion, broccoli and salt-reduced soy sauce
  • Sushi with tuna and avocado
  • Sushi with grated carrot, cucumber and lean meat
  • Salmon, avocado and tomato pasta
  • Zucchini Noodle Cake with low fat noodles, eggs, grated mozzarella cheese and grated zucchinis. Click here to try our delicious recipe
  • Hawaiian rice with rice, corn kernels, celery, pineapple pieces, spring onions and lean ham

 

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Content for this article was provided by Nutrition Australia.  Visit their recipes page for more fantastic lunch ideas!

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