When I opened up my last lunch box on my last day of school, I remember thinking “Thank goodness I never have to see one of those ever again”…well, that was until I had children of my own!
Packing a lunch box for school or when you are out-and-about does not have to be a huge affair. Keep it simple and healthy and it will only take you a few minutes to prepare.
Come the beginning of term, the excitement levels are high and even you are feeling inspired about what to make each day for their lunch boxes. But, we all know that feeling that comes over us by the end of term, it is really difficult to put together lunch box ideas that are exciting to the children or motivating for you. The idea is to mix it up when you want to and stick with the old favourites when you are bored – either way, you will find a routine that works well for you, and that is all that matters!
Here’s where to start:
It’s all about finding the right balance for your own children, with food that is good for them and also food that you know they will eat. It’s important to combine food groups so that they get a good balance of nutrients. Remember the time of day you are preparing a lunch box for. A 10am snack need not be a smorgasbord of meatballs, samosas and smoked salmon. Keeping it simple means it will be healthy, appropriate for the time of day and will take you a short amount of time to prepare.
Here are some ideas for combinations of what to pack for a mid morning snack:
Always have a drink included in their snack box. Water, instead of juice, is always the preferred option at snack time. Children tend to fill up on juice instead of the healthier snack that you have prepared, so if you are battling to get your child to drink water, make sure you thoroughly dilute the juice and choose juices that are 100% juice. Much of what’s sold on the market as apple juice tends to contain a lot of sugary pear or grape juice to make it taste sweeter, so check your labels.
Children are more likely to eat the contents of their own special lunch box so make a fun occasion of going out to choose it.
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