So you've had the kids home for two weeks and it's now time to pack their school bags and lunch boxes and send them back to school. Along with this comes the daily chore of packing the lunch boxes. Whether you love it or hate it, this is a task that can become monotonous throughout the year, resulting in boring food and too many pre-packaged foods.
Here are a few tips to keep lunch boxes healthy and interesting, and hopefully reduce the amount of food that comes home in the afternoon (or finds it's way to the bin, if your child has discovered how to be sneaky....)
Insulated food containers can be used for kids to take a hot lunch to school, especially during the cooler winter months! Cook extra when you prepare your healthy dinner, and simply heat it up for the kids to take for lunch. **always ensure to heat the food properly, and prepare the container to the manufacturers instructions to avoid contamination**
Cooked and cooled brown rice, sweet corn, capsicum and whatever other yummy vegetables you have on hand combine perfectly for a delicious, filling rice salad. This is super simple to throw together in the morning, and can be altered to suit different tastes.
Crackers/ Vegetables with Cream Cheese
You can now purchase single serve tubs of cream cheese, which are perfect for little ones to take to school! Pair it up with some vegetable sticks or grainy crackers and you have a healthy snack that kids love to eat.
Make sure to take advantage of seasonal fruits, or fruit tubs in juice are convenient.
Try to stick to wholegrain or wholemeal bread. Vary sandwich fillings regularly, to keep lunch interesting. Ham or cheese or egg and lettuce is a good choice
Nuts & Seeds
Make sure to check that nuts are allowed at the school before packing these in their lunch box!
Challenge yourself to include vegetables in the kids lunch box every day. This could be in the form of a salad, sandwich filling, veggie sticks with dip, hidden in their spaghetti, or just a whole carrot thrown in (depending on the child's tastes).