Arrrrrrhhgggh Lunch Box Ideas!!!
It’s that time again, kids back at school, we are back at work so it’s time to mix things up a bit whilst keeping things as simple easy and straightforward as possible. So here’s my Lunch Box ideas
Now this is from the Government website:
Preparing your child’s lunchbox
A balanced packed lunch should contain:
starchy foods – these are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and others
protein foods – including meat, fish, eggs, beans and others
a dairy item – this could be cheese or a yoghurt
vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit
Starchy foods are a good source of energy and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring.
My Lunch Box Ideas for a good pack-up:
1. Invest in a bento box style Lunch box
One with different compartments – keeps it fun having little compartments
2. Ask the kids to write down what they like.
They could even give you a menu on a Saturday for the week ahead – that way they might just eat it!
3. Forget the boring sandwiches!
I found some great alternatives – Warburton’s Thins (about £1 for 6 thins)
BUT Cat and Van shapes – yes – such fun….. clearly the are available just square!
4. Use wraps
There are some nice smaller ones (mini) like these Mission Deli Wraps (and they are Wheat & White)
Try filling with cream cheese & ham. Rolling like pinwheels and cutting into 4 – that way mouth size and delicious.
If your kids like hummus, avocado, grated carrot, you can roll with this too, roll anything – make them bite size!
5. Avoid peanut butter and any nut spreads – j
Just to dangerous to have at school (allergens) and best avoided in my view
6. It’s really easy to make a little extra food at night for dinner.
Like chicken pasta and mix it with a few salad bits. Give them a plastic spoon and they can eat it cold – then chuck the spoon.
Try a slice of cold omelette or fritta or try my mini frittatas – easypeasylemonsqueezy – they are so good and nutritious cold.
Make a tart or quiche for dinner then pack a leftover slice for lunch in the bento lunch box
9.Try fruits skewers
All kinds of fruits from pineapple pieces / grapes / pitted cherries etc
About 3 pieces on cocktail sticks are good.
You can also invest in some cheap plastic teaspoons – half cut trough a kiwi and they can then break it apart and use a spoon to eat it and just chuck the spoon away
10. The sweet stuff
How about a cupcake or my carrot cake baked in mini loaf tins – see recipe opposite.
You could also bake some biscuits – or better still get the kids to make them
11. Then there’s the yoghurts perfect!
And in some of the Bento boxes there is a little tub with a screw on lid!
12. Other stuff
Depending on if you like it, carrot sticks, feta , hummous, olives, hard boiled egg cut in fun shapes. Real cheese cut in squares to triangles – be imaginative (not those flipping imitation rubbish)
How about home made potato crisps – great fun to make and the kids can pack them in bags etc.
You know what as well if your kids want a bag of crisps (say once a week) in their lunch box, why not?
Everything in moderation? Also there are some clever snacks out there made of whole grains anyway like Walkers Sunbites and Hoops & crosses, Twiglets – just moderation that’s all!
13. My final point
Engage the kids – ask them to organise – get them to bake etc – get them to choose.
This way you have half a chance that they will actually eat launch and enjoy it!
Let’s do lunch 🙂
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