A reader of our wonderful community has a dilemma:
I’m looking for some healthy toddler lunchbox ideas. My preschool has a strict NO DAIRY, NO EGG, NO NUT, NO STRAWBERRIES, NO SUGAR AND NO SALT, policy. They also will NOT HEAT food so leftovers from dinner etc is out. I usually pride myself on sending a variety of healthy home cooked food in my older kids lunch boxes but I’m coming up stumps for my preschooler. I can’t do sushi every day. I would love some ideas please ~ Kel.
We put it to the community on facebook and this was their response, this may help others struggling to find strict rule food choices for kindy and school.
NO DAIRY, NO EGG, NO NUT, NO STRAWBERRIES, NO SUGAR & NO SALT lunch box ideas:
- rice paper rolls
- veggie sticks
- hummus dip
- heating lunch in a thermos
- plain popcorn
- diced fruit
- bean sprouts, carrot, celery, cucumber
- edamame – soy bean pods
- Pasta salad with chicken and avocado
- fried rice
- cauliflower rice with chicken
- lettuce wraps
- safflower mayo
- dried fruit
- rice crackers
- Gluten and dairy-free home made muffins using rice malt syrup
- tortilla bread
- soy yoghurts, coconut based yoghurts
- banana fritters
- pumpkin scones
- pikelets (made with soy milk and 20ml vinegar to replace the egg)
- sunflower butter
- polenta with veggies
- Chia pudding made with coconut milk
- rice and bean salad
- porridge made with water, puree fruit
- mini chicken and veggie pies
- potato frittata
- chia seeds and water mixed together is a good substitute for egg
More recipes that are gluten and dairy free:
Here are some great recipe books you may also enjoy:
Cut out the Crap – This gorgeous all-colour kids cookbook will make packing lunch boxes fun and healthy for busy mums. Lunchbox Solutions has 30 recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, freezer friendly and loved by children of all ages! Read more here.
Vegie Smugglers – Vegie Smuggglers has a great range of cookbooks available in digital form that help you to add more vegies to the kids/family meal. I just love how these recipes hide vegetables amongst a regular meal and still being delicious.
I quit sugar – Kids Cookbook – This Cookbook book has been designed with health-conscious mums and dads in mind. All the recipes contain minimal fructose, ensuring your kids are enjoying yummy, nutrient-dense food without the totally unnecessary sugar dump.
What food ideas can you suggest?