Top lunchbox ideas

1. The three bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy (such as tubs of yoghurt or cheese sticks or carton of flavoured milk or a pottle of yoghurt . Let the kids make their own lunches by selecting one item from each bowl. Just add a sandwich, a bottle of water and lunch is ready.

2. Slice, wrap and fill: Make the most of the different varieties of bread including multigrain, rolls and buns. Try bagels, wraps, pita bread and hot cross buns or, for a treat, scones or pikelets.

3. The surprise factor: Okay, so your kid will not budge from the Marmite sandwich. Introduce the unexpected by cutting their Marmite sandwich with a cookie cutter. It may well be their first step in understanding that variety is the spice of life.

4. The leftover lunch: Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta salad, quiche, homemade pizza slices and sausages are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch.

5. The lunchbox: If you use a lunchbox that keeps food chilled, you can send tubs of yoghurt, small containers of dip or cottage cheese mixed with pineapple pieces to school without fear of salmonella poisoning. Make your own chilly pack by freezing a pottle of  dairy food – it will slowly defrost while keeping the other lunchbox ingredients nice and cool.

6. Perfect packaging: hard boiled eggs, small tins of baked beans or tuna and the resealable bag are a sandwich’s best friend – no spills; no soggy sandwich.

7. Filling fillings: banana and honey; mashed egg and mayonnaise; ham, cheese and tomato; cream cheese, tuna, cucumber and carrot.

8. The love note: add a little message from you to brighten their day, and their lunch if they’re not going to be happy with what you snuck in!

9. No sneaking things in: Kids will be more likely to eat their lunch if they have had a hand in preparing it. See idea 1.

10. Find something new: Check out the Kidspot lunchbox recipe section for new kid-friendly ideas.

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