At the beginning of the school year, mothers are all fired up to pack healthy lunches for their kids, but a few months later, the good intentions fade and the kids are making do with hastily made sandwiches and an apple.
This is an old story, as old as lunchboxes and packed school lunches.
The best way to remedy this is to get some great lunchboxes and let the kids pack their own lunches.
Balancing Nutritious Choices
Most parents struggle with trying to balance nutritious choices with what your child will actually eat. Staying organized by planning ahead and having a variety of fresh, fun and healthy ideas helps make life easier with school lunches.
As a parent, you just need to give them a whole lot of healthy options to keep them interested.
The main point of this is to create an environment for healthy school lunches, packed in their favorite lunch box or served on a plate at home. Make the lunches easy to customize and quick to make the night before.
Regardless if your kids are going back to school or staying home to learn these fun lunch options will make them feel so special on their first day back to school.
You want to make sure the lunch is packed full of tasty and healthy ingredients, to give your kids all the energy they need to tackle the afternoon.
You can make them the night before and keep them in the fridge so that they are easy to grab, and older kids can easily help you to put them together.
Reasons to Love these School Lunches
There are many reasons to love these custom made healthy school lunches, because they are tasty, healthy and kid-friendly.
Also they are quick and easy to make and to pack to ensure you all get out of the house on time in the mornings.
Remember, healthy lunches are less about it looking like they belongs on an Instagram feed and more about being prepared the night before. Fresh food is good so high-five!
Keep it Simple
Use items that are easy to put in a lunchbox and can be used multiple ways such as roti, wraps, leftover pasta, veggies, fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, cold meats, and grilled chicken. These are all great ways to keep it simple while without sacrificing flavor or nutrients.
Some kids don’t like sandwiches, so have a selection of other healthy edibles around for them to choose.
Use the Right Lunch Containers
This does make a difference. Starting with a compartmentalized lunch container and filling in the compartments with healthy options is key to quick packing.
Some Healthy Lunchbox Ingredients
Ask the kids to make a list of what they like in their lunchboxes and then create a selection of ingredients.
- Bread/ Roti/Pita/ biscuits
- Cooked meat/ sausage/chicken
- Cheese/ cream cheese/ cottage cheese/ yogurt
- Peanut butter/ Marmite/jam/honey
- Baked beans/ sweetcorn
- Raisins/ dried fruit
- Boiled egg
- Fresh fruit, cut or whole
- Spreads/dips like guacamole/ hummus
- Nuts, Fresh fruit.
- Crunchy vegetables.
Some Healthy Lunchbox Ideas
Switch things up and pair different snacks, fruits, carbs and protein. Leftovers like muffins, pasta salads or chilled sesame noodles are some great choices for school lunch ideas for kindergarten and high school.
- Avocado and egg sandwich. What’s better than an avocado and egg sandwich on whole-wheat or rye bread?
- Loaded Vegetable Sandwich
- Chicken burrito bowl with rice and beans.
- Hummus, Pita Bread, Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Sliced Oranges
- Hard Boiled Eggs, Baby Carrots + Ranch, Pretzels, Peaches or grapes
- Pasta Salad, Yogurt, Granola Bar, Strawberries
- Tuna fish on a whole-wheat roll, baby carrots, and yogurt
- Cottage cheese, cooked chicken drumstick, strawberries, baby carrots
- Mini Cheese tray: cheese wedge, savoury biscuits, grapes, strawberries, baby carrots
- Cold Meatballs, rice, yogurt, apple slices
Remember there is a whole range of alternative food for nut-free, dairy-free, sugar free and other options.
Packed lunches are no good if they are crushed or soggy. This is why a decent lunch box is important. At Household Plastic we have a whole range of lunchboxes in various shapes and sizes and price ranges.