Making school lunches fun
Written By06 Feb 2017
Hands up whoâ€™s feeling the pressure now that school has gone back? No more lazy Summer days eating meals whenever and wherever. Thereâ€™s an intimidating five days ahead of you, where you need to pack nutritious lunches that your children will actually (gasp!) consume. I think we all get a bit daunted by the fact that packing lunches appears relentless, week after consecutive week. Not only that, youâ€™re wanting to pack something that is not only healthy, but also appealing. And itâ€™s time consuming, thinking about what to pack, and preparing each day. So, how do we make it fun â€“ for you, and the kids? Prep is key.Â I spend Sunday mornings getting myself organized. I go to the markets and buy what I need for the week â€“ make sure youâ€™ve got a list with you so you donâ€™t miss anything, or get distracted. I cut up their favourite veggies and store themÂ in the fridge for quick packingÂ through the week. Making it fun for kids is surprisingly easy. Using lots of colours is always a winner â€“ provide them with a rainbow of fruit and vegetables and, for extra fun, cut them into shapes. Camille loves it when I cut letters of her name with melon, which alsoÂ assists in letterÂ recognition - win win. I also like to pack a 'treat' in their lunch box everyÂ day - my kids usually choose coconut covered dates orÂ one of myÂ bliss balls - a combo of berries, coconut, cacao, dates and seeds. And then, once a week, usually on a Friday, they get to haveÂ canteen. They love choosing from the menu and having lunch like the other kids. It's their choice on those days, and they love it. I tend to stay away from sandwiches, and insteadÂ have a couple of go-to inclusions in the school lunch box that are pretty much foolproof:
- Raw fruit salads
- Dried fruit with seeds
- Veggie sticks with dips
- Corn cakes with avocado and / or pesto
- A nourishing lunch ie. Mini Nourish bowls - for example leftover brown rice / bean or lentil stew / peas and corn / carrot / pickles or next day tomato gf pasta, a tofu veggie stir-fry or a combination of wholesome ingredientsÂ from whatÂ we have in the fridge. Leftover dinner is the best!