Lunchbox Success

Do you struggle with packing nutritious balanced school lunches every day? Many kids’ lunchboxes are filled with foods that lack the essential nutrients for them to grow strong and healthy, stay focused at school and have enough energy to last all day. Today’s school lunches are often loaded with added sugars and processed food. Make lunches fun and nutritious again! Lunchbox success is as simple as one, two, three, four! Here’s how.

Creating Lunchbox Success

Provide your children with healthy, fresh and nutritious food by making it yourself so that you know exactly what your child is eating. With some simple planning, you can create food that your children will enjoy and be excited to eat.

Here’s how to reduce waste, save time and provide your children with a well-balanced lunchbox in four easy steps.

  1. Step One- Equip
  2. Step Two- Prepare
  3. Step Three- Cook
  4. Step Four- Create
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Equip

Having the right tools will ensure that you achieve lunchbox success every time.

You will need:

  • Tupperware: Individual containers are perfect for freezing the food you prepare into lunchbox serving sizes.
  • Lunchbox and snack box: These come in many different shapes and sizes. Choose the one that is right for you.
  • Insulated food jar: Great for packing hot meals in winter and smoothies in summer.
  • Small containers: Ideal for crunch and sip or fruit breaks.
  • Reusable squeezie pouches: Perfect for yoghurt or smoothies.
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Prepare

Sit down with your children and plan the menu for the coming term. Involving your kids in the process ensures they will be more likely to eat the food you pack for them every day. To get started, pick five items that you can rotate.

If it’s your first time, you will probably find it easier to give your children a list of options and let them choose. Not everything needs to be made in advance. You may find that in winter you cook more meals to heat up, and in summer you make fresh healthy lunches with the five food group method in mind.

Lunchbox ideas:

  • Healthy bean nachos
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Nasi goreng
  • Bean Greek salad
  • Tuna, rice and peas
  • Lamb hotpot
  • Minestrone soup
  • Homemade sushi
  • The humble sandwich
  • Creamy coconut chicken
  • Beef chow mein
  •  The five food item method
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Cook

Once you’ve planned the menu and gathered the ingredients, it’s time to cook!

It can be hard to find the time, but don’t forget you will actually save time in the mornings by having all your lunches prepared beforehand.

You could do this during the school holidays and make it into a fun family activity.

Knowing your children are eating nutritious meals that they will enjoy is definitely worth a few hours of hard work.  If you’re not able to cook ahead of time, you could simply stick to the five food group method. This works just as well.

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Create

With a term’s worth of frozen meals, you will never have to worry about what to pack for lunch each day. Simply pull it out the night before and assemble the meal your chosen containers.

Congratulations! You’ve just created lunchbox success. We would love to see what you have created. Tag your lunchboxes on instagram #Kidtritious

The Five Food Group Method

Knowing your children are eating nutritious meals that they will enjoy is definitely worth a few hours of hard work.  If you’re not able to cook ahead of time, you could simply stick to the five food group method. This works just as well.

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