It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school, which means it’s time to start thinking about school lunch boxes!
Some mums have shared with me that they feel a little overwhelmed about making lunch boxes for their little ones, so I thought I’d share some healthy and fun ideas.
My girls Yum Boxes take less than ten minutes to make in the morning.
If you have to get out the door in a rush, you can always pack lunch boxes the night before and keep them in the fridge. Too easy!
I have a Yum Box for each of my girls which I got from Little Bento World.
Ava has a Yum Box panino which fits a full sized sandwich and Chloe has the Yum Box original.
I’ve had these lunch boxes for two years. They are excellent quality and easy to wash.
I also have some fun sandwich cutters and stamps, most of which I got from Little Bento World – and some which I pick up at the supermarket or kitchen stores.
You don’t have to spend lots of money to create fun, healthy lunch boxes – most of the food I put in my girls lunch boxes are fresh seasonal fruit and veggies which are really cost effective.
When I’m doing my grocery shop, I’ll think about what will look and taste yummy for my girls lunch boxes.
I include a variety of colours – if a lunch box looks fun, there’s a better chance it will come home empty!
I’ll also include protein – boiled eggs are my favourite as they are SO healthy and my girls love them (check that there are no allergy restrictions at your school first).
Yoghurt, cheese, chicken, ham, hummus and edamame are all great sources of protein too.
TIP: Keep your kids lunches cold and fresh using an insulated lunch bag like this one which includes a freezer puck, or you can freeze yoghurt or fruit pouches to keep lunches cold.
Food I have on high rotation for my girls lunch boxes include:
Sandwiches (I use Abbotts Village Rye Bread)
Cheese and crackers
Carrot / celery sticks and dip
Cooked Pasta with peas / corn
Pasta with peas
Frugo’s or Greek Yoghurt covered cranberries / sultanas
Alternatives to Sandwiches
Sushi – I buy the mini sushi rolls freshly made from Woolworths
TIP: Japanese grocery stores have lots of cute biscuits, snacks and treats for lunch boxes.
Happy lunch box making!
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Do you have a little one starting school this year?
What are your kids lunch box favourites?15