Finding ways to get kids eating their veggies is often a daily parenting challenge, and studies[1] show that just 5.4 percent of children aged 2-18 years met the guidelines for getting the recommended daily serves of vegetables, which is a worrying figure for growing bodies.

As a mum, I know that it can be hard to find inspiration for healthy lunchboxes day after day. Kids can be such fussy eaters, but a little creativity can go a long way, and kids won’t be eating vegemite sandwiches all the time.

Sandwich hamburgers

Get kids excited about eating ‘hamburgers’ for lunch using homemade leftovers. Using a beef patty recipe, add in a cup of grated veggies, such as zucchini, carrot, capsicum. Create the hamburger sandwich by adding sliced tomato, lettuce and cheese, and spread the sandwich with smooth Obela Hommus instead of mayo for an extra delicious healthy twist.

Cheesy savoury muffins

Instead of packing sugary snacks, try mixing up your muffin recipe for something a bit healthier without compromising on great taste. Grated carrot, zucchini and mushroom can be used in savoury muffins, and mixed with cheese and the muffin mixture – kids won’t realise the tasty snack is actually healthy!

Deconstructed sandwich

Instead of the standard sandwich formula, get kids to mix and match their lunch and create their own kid-approved tasting plate! Pack torn bread, cherry tomatoes, shaved turkey, cheese cubes, sliced cucumber and dips such as Obela Hommus.

Healthy burrito wraps

A healthy take on a Mexican favourite, use regular wraps and add corn, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, cheese and chicken or beef, topped with sweet chilli sauce.

Spice it up

Obela Hommus Singles are a simple way to make vegetables tastier. Pack with a little container of sliced carrot, celery and capsicum sticks. For more adventurous taste buds, mix in a spice such as paprika to the hommus for an extra hit of flavour.

[1] National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15 http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4364.0.55.001.

Chantelle Ellem of Fat Mum Slim is Obela’s Expert Mum and one of Australia’s favourite parenting bloggers.