Children are full of energy and can be incredibly active, not to mention they are also growing at rapid rates and learning continuously.
Here are some of our favourite healthy and easy lunchbox recipes that we know your kids will love!
Date balls are a great little treat to help keep kids fueled and full of energy. With a few simple ingredients you can come up with some great flavour combinations. Here’s a favourite of ours which includes the Healtheries Chia Seeds & LSA for a superfood hit.
1 cup dated, dried and halved
½ cup Healtheries Ground LSA
½ cup coconut
1 Tbsp Healtheries Black Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp Healtheries No Added Sugar Baking Bits (optional)
A few drops of peppermint essence (or see other flavor combos below)
1 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
Coconut to roll in (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high powered food processor and whizz until well combined. Roll into teaspoon sized balls, roll in coconut if desired.
Note: If you don’t have time to roll the balls press mixture into a slice tray lined with baking paper. Best kept in airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Not a fan of peppermint? Other variations- add a little orange juice and rind; Cinnamon; Vanilla essence; Get inventive!
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Rolling time/ Cooking time: 20 minutes
Average Quantity per ball
These look great and are fun to eat as each layer is new and exciting! Use the kids’ favourite fruits and pop a layer of jelly on the bottom so they have to dig through all the good stuff to get to it.
Bottom layer: ½ cup of set jelly (optional)
Middle fruit layers: 1/3 cup each of three different fruits, roughly chopped i.e, peaches, kiwifruit, strawberries or other berries, banana, orange…..
Top layer: ½ cup Greek yoghurt mixed with 1 tsp of Healtheries White Chia Seeds
In a small, narrow container or jar place the layers on top of each other for a cool traffic light look. Pop in the lunchbox next to something cold to keep them nice and fresh.
Get inventive with the layers, for example if you have leftover rice pudding from dessert then add a tasty layer of rice pudd!
3. Super Sausage Rolls
Got leftover potato, kumara or pumpkin from dinner? Add a few ingredients including some Healtheries superfoods and whip up a super batch of nutritious sausage rolls.
1 cup kumara, cooked
1 cup pumpkin, cooked
1 small onion, diced
½ an apple, grated
3 Tbsp tomato sauce, reduced salt
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp mixed herbs
500g lean mince
Salt & pepper to season
3 sheets puff pastry, reduced fat
1 egg, lightly beaten
Turn oven to 180⁰c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Place the first group of ingredients in a food processor and mix to break down the vegetables.
Transfer to a large kitchen bowl. Add the herbs, mince, Healtheries Ground LSA, a little salt and pepper to season and mix to combine.
Lay out the pastry sheets on a lightly floured bench. Divide the mince mixture in three, and spoon onto the pastry to form an even sausage across the length of one end of each sheet.
Tightly roll the pastry around the sausage mix to give you a long roll. Brush the tops of the rolls with the beaten egg and sprinkle with Healtheries Black Chia Seeds.
With a good serrated knife, divide the rolls into the desired serving size (if difficult to cut then pop the rolls in the fridge for half an hour first).
Place rolls on the prepped baking tray and in the oven for at least half an hour (or until tops of pastry is brown).
These could easily be made on the weekend, cooled and put in an airtight container in the freezer to be removed the night before eaten
Prep time: 40 minutes
Rolling time/ Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: Makes approximately 24
Average Quantity per Serve
4. Hummus with Vege Sticks
For a super nutritious and incredibly easy lunchbox snack, mix ¼ of a cup of hummus with 1 teaspoon of Healtheries White Chia Seeds. Serve with a range of vegetable sticks; cucumber, carrot, raw broccoli, and a couple of cheese sticks for dipping.