In our stores looking for lunchbox inspiration? We know ensuring you get the right mix of tasty and nutritious treats in one small box is one tough assignment.
With a little bit of planning in advance of your weekly shop, lunchboxes need not be tough in the mornings. We’ve done the research and here’s our 7 tips for lunchbox success.
PROJECT LUNCHBOX - 7 tips for success
1. PICK UP EASY TO EAT FRUIT
Select the easy to eat smaller fruit. Our picks this month are Pink Lady apples, Imperial mandarins, kiwis, strawberries and bananas. They are all eating well at the moment and are perfectly lunchbox sized (and available at our stores in handy buckets). When picking fruit for the kids always ensure they are easy to hold or pre-cut and remove any seeds. Fruit salad is also the ideal lunch box solution; it’s colourful, easy to eat and bursting with vitamins.
2. GO CRACKERS FOR VEGIES
Give the kids cut up vegetables options like carrots, celery and cucumber instead of crackers with a healthy dip such as hummus for healthy snack alternative.
3. STAY FULLER FOR LONGER
Kids need a serve of protein at lunchtime to keep them fuller for longer. A good tip when you’re shopping is to start with selecting a protein e.g. lean meat, egg, chickpeas then select salad and vegetables to match – this can make shopping a lot faster.
Avocado is a great alternative to butter or margarine as it’s filled with loads of nutrients and protein too. Try selecting whole grain breads, rolls, mountain bread, pita bread and flat breads, instead of plain white breads for wraps or sandwiches.
4. LEFTOVERS ARE YOUR BFF
When making dinner try cooking just a little extra to add to school lunches. Great options are roasted pumpkin or sweet potato for salads, sandwiches, wraps and roll fillings. Naturally sweet and loaded with beneficial antioxidants, roast vegetables team well with a range of fillings. Roasted chicken is always a winner with the whole family.
5. HOLY COW!
Protein filled dairy snacks are a great way of keeping the kids full all day and good for strong bones. Cheese portions or cut up slices and yoghurt’s are ideal for morning tea time.
6. SNACK ATTACK
Pick popcorn or healthy corn chips instead of potato chips that are higher in saturated fat. Include dried fruits like dates or sultanas for a healthy lunchbox snack.
7. STAY COOL
Add a chilled bottle of water or juice inside the lunchbox to keep everything cold and fresh. Try to select insulated lunch boxes or include a small freezer brick to keep away lunchbox nasties.In summer freeze fruits for sport days. Simply pop the frozen fruit into a small sealable plastic bag or airtight container so when it comes to lunch time they are thawed and fresh.
For other great fresh ideas for the lunchbox visit our friends at freshforkids.com.au
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