It’s back to school again for another term of packing lunch boxes. Try these tips to make the process a bit easier.
- Be inspired. Take some time to scroll through our recipes to seek out new ideas on what to pack this term. Involve the kids and get them to ‘build a lunch box’ on our interactive lunch box builder. Find out what they’d like to see in their lunch box (within reason) and ask if there’s something they have seen in their friend’s lunch box they’d like to try.
- Pack leftovers. Using leftovers is a great way to save time in the morning. Check out the new recipes we’ve put on the website such as our chicken cacciatore that you can have for dinner and use leftover chicken to make a delicious wrap for lunch.
- Soup it up. Never thought of sending soup? For older kids, soup makes a filling and warming lunch. Check out our red lentil soup packed full of veg and protein.
- Balance. Use the 5 food groups as your guide to packing a nutritious lunch box. Include some grain foods, some fruit and veg, dairy and some protein foods. The healthy lunch box builder makes this easy by showing you lots of options you could include. Providing some variety makes the lunch box more interesting.
- Hydration. Remember to pack a bottle of water in the lunch box. This is especially important now that drinking from the school bubblers may be restricted for public health reasons. Take a look at our website for more top tips on the best drinks for kids.
- Plan ahead. Doing some prep on the weekend can set you up for the week ahead. Make a batch of our tomato dampers and fill with some cheese and extra tomato for something a bit different. Keep a supply of muffins and plain sandwiches in the freezer for those days when you just need to get out the door.
- Get ready the night before. Clean the lunch box with hot soapy water, fill water bottles, and pack the things that don’t need to be kept in the fridge into the lunch box. Cut up fruit and veg, and portion yoghurt ready to go from the fridge straight into the lunch box in the morning.
- Don’t make it hard. Simple lunch boxes can be delicious and nutritious, and often are the ones that are eaten!