I got asked recently what my top tips were for lunches. So I thought I’d share a post that might help anyone looking for lunchbox tips. I don’t profess to make perfect lunches, I don’t think the perfect lunch can be quantified, because what is perfect to my son is definitely not for my daughter and therefore what works for my kids, might not work for yours. But here’s 6 steps to better school lunchboxes that I think might help everyone.
- Choose a lunchbox that suits the eating habits of YOUR child. Buying a lunchbox that’s too big or too small will result in either empty space or extra containers. Empty space means you either over pack to compensate, therefore wasting that doesn’t get eaten or everything has space t move around. You can read about 21 of the most popular lunchboxes available in the Kidgredients Lunchbox Review. There are size comparisons and information about whether they seal well or not. Think about what your child likes to eat and try to choose a lunchbox that will best suit those foods.
- Pack a variety. I try to aim to pack a rainbow everyday. But apart from that, I always try to ensure there is some dairy, some protein, some veggies, some carbs, some fruit and something sweet (but not necessarily sugary- a good example of this is cacao and coconut bliss balls). I find that baking in advance and having stuff in the freezer ready to go means I can change what goes to school from day to day. That means it is always kept interesting, and that my kids don’t get sick of anything that they see everyday.
- Keep it cool. My daughters school stores lunches outside in school bags. To ensure it stays at a safe temperature, I pack lunch, recess and crunch and sip inside a cooler bag with an icepack. I researched the cooler bags on the market earlier this year and I was surprised to find most of them didn’t keep food at the correct temperature. Want to see which ones did?
- Make it fun. I know not all kids need food picks and cutely cut sandwiches to be inspired to eat, making it fun can be as simple as choosing the right lunchbox. It can also be a note in the lunchbox or something so easy as cut up fruit rather than whole. Let your kids choose something fun to do with their lunch or get them involved and make muesli bars or another lunchbox treat together.
- Have one sandwich free day per week. By having a sandwich free day per week, you are offering your kids other options and showing them that there are options for lunches other than the typical “lunchbox” items. A sandwich is an odd day for us, we like sushi, wraps, kebabs, savoury muffins, scrolls among other things!
- Try to change one item from packaged to homemade. If you’re trying to make better lunches, try and switch one item per week from packaged to homemade. You could switch tiny teddies for these homemade teddies, cheese crackers for these homemade cheesy bickies or try mixing up your own yoghurt flavours.
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you make better lunches!
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