Kids can be picky eaters. This is a pretty well-known fact. And making sure your little ones get all the nutrients they need while catering to their particular tastes can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve put together 3 tasty and healthy lunch ideas that are sure to satisfy your kid’s hunger while working around food aversions.
Tortilla and cheese. It’s the perfect combination. Opt for a whole-grain flour tortilla to punch up the health factor and use a low-fat cheese. Use leftover cooked chicken breast to add some good-for-you protein, and top with salsa if your kid likes a little added flavor. If not, you could always use guacamole or sour cream–or even both.
Fish and Fries
Most kids really like fish sticks so why not make some from scratch at home? That way, you can be sure they’re free of unhealthy preservatives and fat. Cut up a piece of your favorite, mild-flavored fish into strips then coat it in a mixture of yogurt, lemon juice, and mild seasoning. Toss into a bag of bread crumbs then lay out the fish strips on a baking sheet. Bake for a few minutes until cooked through. You can pair this nicely with fries, too. Opt for sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes for more flavor and more nutrients per bite.
Turkey and Cheese Sandwich
You can’t go wrong with good ol’ turkey and cheese! It’s simple, it’s tasty, and it’s filling so your kids won’t be whining for an unhealthy snack at around 3 pm. Pick up some sliced boneless turkey breast at the deli in your super market. While you’re there, get some whole grain bread, onion, sliced cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a sandwich spread your kid likes–just steer clear of those with a lot of added fat and sugar. Make a sandwich as usual, cut in half (lengthwise or at a diagonal, it’s up to you) and serve.