Packing school lunches is one of a my least favourite chores in the morning. Scratch that. Unpacking and washing lunchboxes after school and finding food uneaten, is an annoying chore. At least I’m almost guaranteed that their yoghurt pots will be empty.
Preparing a variety of healthy foods and snacks each day, which your children will eat, can be a task. I’ve got another 16 years of school lunchboxes to pack so I best get used to it and have some fun with it as well.
If you are looking for food inspiration, download this lunchbox menu planner and shopping list. I’m sure you will find fun, healthy food and snack ideas for your kids. To keep lunchtime from becoming boring, mix up your routine and use different character and coloured containers.
Choose healthy options and limit treats to once a week. Ask the teacher as to what children can and cannot bring to school. Here are some more tips to keep lunchboxes healthy and fun.
Show them love
- Write post-it notes with little messages or reminders to kids. Use fun shapes, colours, character speech bubbles etc
- Use food colouring pens to write on sandwiches
- Stock up on character reusable straws, forks, spoons
- Mini character napkins
- Stickers for when they finish their food
- Wrap sandwiches in sheets from a favourite comic, foil, coloured cling wrap, tie with ribbons, use left over ends of funky gift wrapping paper
- Pastry cutters transform sandwiches into a treat – use a knife tip to make dots, eyes, mouths etc
- Use a natural food dye pen to write on sandwiches
- Put fruit cubes/cheese chunks in an ice cream cone
- A chore making a fiddly sandwich filling or dip? Make enough and you’ve a healthy baked potato filling or toast topper for a lunch for you or a late supper – two jobs done and everybody eats well
- Keep a drawer in the kitchen for lunchbox ‘creation’ from dye pens, stickers, funny pots, bottles and containers, cutters etc
- Get used to freezing. Invest in good zip-bags
- Kids love leftovers and can be made healthy by adding veggies to noodles or rice etc
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