Healthy and fun recipes for tamariki (children)

Key points about healthy recipes for tamariki

  • Are you wanting to introduce your kids to cooking?
  • Or are you looking for lunchbox inspiration?
  • You've come to the right place! 
  • See our resources below for fun recipe ideas to get the whānau involved.
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Kids' kitchen(external link) Heart Foundation, NZ
Easy recipes and fun food activities to get your children interested in food. Prepare for fun learning and a bit of mess!

Recipes(external link) Healthykids, NZ
Healthy Kids is full of fun, free and low-cost ideas to get your family eating, moving and sleeping well.

For the kids(external link) Love Food Hate Waste, NZ
This website has great tips and recipes to help you reduce your food waste and save money. Includes easy, yummy ones the kids can tackle.

Healthy kids' recipes(external link) BBC Good Food, NZ
These healthy kids' meal ideas will keep the whole family happy. Includes family-friendly favourites like home-made fish fingers and pasta with hidden veg sauce!

Recipes (including lunch box ideas)(external link) Kidspot, NZ
Being in the kitchen together is a great way to spend time with your tamariki. These recipes are created with family in mind.

Lunchbox ideas(external link) NZ Nutrition Foundation
Lunchboxes can be a real challenge – you want to make sure your children eat a variety of healthy foods, but you also need to know the lunch will be eaten! Read about filling your kids' lunchboxes in terms of the four food groups.

Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids(external link) (downloadable poster) Heart Foundation, NZ
Looking for some easy lunchbox ideas? Print out or download this poster to show you how to put together a healthy school lunch for kids.

Snacking(external link) NZ Nutrition Foundation 
Snacks are important for young children as they have small stomachs and can't eat a large amount of food at mealtimes. But not all snacks can be treats. Here are some ideas that offer nutritional value as well as being tasty and convenient.

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