Healthy lunchbox snacks are important fuel for active children. It’s vital to offer kids healthy lunchbox choices while they are at school, so they can learn, play and get the most out of their day!
Preparing a decent lunch doesn’t sound too difficult, but when combined with ensuring homework is done on time, planning weekend activities, organising clean uniforms, after school sport, and your own day’s agenda, then organising healthy and yummy lunches every day can get hard.
Whole Kids founder Monica Meldrum knows the importance of healthy eating for kids.
Here are Monica’s top 6 tips for back to school lunchbox bliss.
We all know that old saying ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ – well, when it comes to food, we often eat with our eyes before our mouths so consider how appealing your kids’ lunch looks before packing in their school bag.
My tip: Include lots of colour and variety.
Leftovers are one of life’s small joys. Sending your child to school with a delicious, nutritious lunch doesn’t get easier than this.
My tip: Simply set aside a small container of the family meal from the night before and it’s ready to go in the morning.
It’s 8:07am, you’re about to leave home and there is nothing to give the kids for lunch.
My tip: Avoid the stress by planning your weekly lunches in advance and include a specific lunchbox list with shopping for that week.
Consider this checklist when planning your kids’ lunches:
Buy enough for the whole week when you do your grocery shopping. You could even create a Family Meal Plan for convenience and future planning.
Variety is the spice of life, so keeping several options in the pantry and avoiding the same old ‘Vegemite sandwich and a muesli bar’ lunchbox routine day in, day out is a good way to ensure kids are excited about their lunch.
My Tip: No need to reinvent the wheel on a daily basis, but definitely worth keeping some interesting ideas up your sleeve for when the usual “go to foods” just won’t cut it.
Including a non-food item in your kids’ lunchbox can brighten their day and make lunchtime exciting.
My tip: This one is definitely better for younger kids!
Here are some:
Easy ways to add a fun touch without too much time or expense.
You don’t have to do this alone! Let your kids choose their own lunchbox and water bottle at the start of the school year; let it be something they love and you’ve won half the battle already.
My Tip: Talk about it and discuss as a family.
Sitting down with them and discussing things like:
Talking with your kids about food and then helping them make some choices around what’s healthy (and easy to prepare) make it a win-win for all.
For further information or tips on packing your kids lunchbox, try the Better Health Victoria channel: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/lunch-box-tips
The Australian Guide for Healthy Eating is an important nutrition education tool for kids in primary and secondary schools and was developed by the Australian Government. To view, visit: http://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines/australian-guide-healthy-eating
Choosing quality snack foods with no additives can be difficult. Whole Kids products are 100% organically certified and include no nasty additives or added sugar, so they are perfect lunchtime snacks – you know that even when your kids are not with you, they’re eating healthy. http://www.wholekids.com.au
The Go For 2 and 5 campaign is a great source of information including different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Visit their website for more: http://www.gofor2and5.com.au