They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, well we think lunch is a very close second for your little one. It’s when they refuel for an afternoon of hard work at school. That’s why it’s important to pack them a tasty lunchbox they’ll enjoy, to keep them going until home time. Here are some top tips on packing the best lunchbox.
School mornings are hectic enough, so get prepped and packed the night before to avoid adding to the mayhem. These quick and easy Lunchbox Recipes can be ready and in the fridge before bedtime.
Or if you’re really pushed for time, prepare the sandwiches on the weekend, wrap them in cling film and freeze them. In the morning just pop one in their lunchbox and leave to defrost slowly – trust us, this really works.
Made a big bowl of pasta or salad for dinner? Why don’t you let it cool, then pack some up in a sealable plastic tub ready for tomorrow’s lunch. There’s no waste and it means minimal lunchbox prepping too – win, win!
Get them involved
Kids are more likely to eat food that they feel involved with preparing, so why not offer your little one the choice of what they’d like in their lunchbox. It could be as simple as them helping to make their sandwich, or them joining the weekly shop to pick a new fruit or vegetable to try.
Change it up
We’re sure you’d agree that eating ham sandwiches everyday would definitely get boring – the same goes for your little one. Variation is key to making lunchboxes they will love, so instead of just sandwiches, try pasta, couscous or pita bread.
It’s best to mix up your little one’s lunch bit by bit. Try pairing their favourite foods with something new – they might already love apple slices, but try putting them into a pot with some carrots, blueberries or even cherry tomatoes. Here are some Lunchbox Ideas to get you started.
The word ‘snack’ has got a bad reputation. But it shouldn’t, as snacks aren’t always bad for you. In fact, there are plenty of snacks you can add to you little ones’ lunchbox that are part of a balanced diet. Why not bake some kid-friendly Granola Bars or tasty Dairy-Free Banana Bread for the week ahead?
If sandwiches are on the lunchbox menu several times in a week, you could always try changing things a little – don’t worry, there’s no need to be an artist to get creative. Make them smile with a little message written on their banana, or try some sandwich art. Take a look at these top Sandwich Ideas to turn a simple sarnie into a work of edible art. They’ll love them!
If your little one is a messy eater, pack them a sheet of kitchen roll so they can wipe themselves clean after they’re finished, full and fuelled for the afternoon. The teachers will thank you for it too.