We asked some of the UK’s favourite food writers and bloggers for their healthy lunch box ideas and tips. Vitalove founder Lizzie King shares five of her favourites.
These recipes were featured in our Box Clever: Healthy Lunch Ideas feature. Read the full post to get more tips from Lizzie, as well as ideas from other top food bloggers and writers.
Courgette Pasta Salad
This works really well with leftover pasta but you can of course make fresh and cool.
- 1 cup cooked pasta (quinoa and corn pastas make a great change and give more energy)
- 2 tbsp pesto
- Olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- ½ courgette grated and rinsed in boiling water to blanch.
Simply toss the pasta in pesto, olive oil, lemon juice and courgette. Store in a lidded container.
Chia, Houmous and Cucumber Wholegrain Sandwiches
For those who are sticklers for a sandwich, you can upgrade it with a tiny sprinkle of magical chia seeds. These Aztec wonders have more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more Omega-3 fatty acids than nuts. So consider this a great health hack. My son hasn’t noticed them yet, but probably enjoys the crunch, as they don’t taste of much really.
- 2 slices of bread – wholegrain, rye, or gluten free
- 2 tbsp houmous
- Sliced cucumber
- 1-2 tsp chia seeds
Make the sandwich as normal, with an even sprinkle of the little back seeds.
A high protein hit with tons of taste. Make the wraps ahead if you want (they take minutes), and assemble with sliced chicken, tomatoes and grated carrot (or whatever filling you like) for a deliciously different healthy lunch.
- 1 ½ Cups gram flour
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp olive oil (add 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp sesame seeds for a great flavour and crunch)
- sea salt
Add a little of the water to the flour in a bowl, and whisk to a paste, then add the remaining water and oil til a smooth batter.
Heat some oil in a small frying pan, on high. Ladle some batter in when hot, swirl batter to edges of pan. When bubbles appear flip, cook for a couple of minutes on the other side.
Rice & Avocado Roll Ups
Using leftover cooked brown rice for these – short grain is best.
- 1 Cup Cooked brown rice
- 1 nori seawee sheet
- 1 tbsp tamari soy sauce
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp houmous
- ¼ cucumber
- ½ red pepper
- ½ ripe avocado
- mayonnaise (optional)
(This makes enough for 2 hungry children)
Place the nori with the long side facing you. Sprinkle tamari and olive oil onto the rice and then flatten onto the nori sheet, placing chopped avocado, cucumber, peppers and houmous on top. Roll away from you into a long sausage and slice into 2 inch chunks. A bamboo sushi mat helps with this, but keep it tight and you should be fine! Perfect for making ahead and refridgerating. Tuna is another idea for this that works well straight out of the tin.
The Fruit Kebab
So simple but so sweet, perfect to get their fruit load in and a great way of stopping soft, summer fruit getting bashed in Tupperware.
- 4 wooden skewers
- 2 strawberries
- 1 kiwi
- ½ nectarine
- a handful of blueberries
Chop and thread fruit on alternately until each skewer is full.
See more healthy lunch boxes ideas for kids in our Box Clever: Healthy Lunch Boxes feature.