Sometimes, trying to figure out what to make the kids for lunch can be a hard task, so we’ve put together some of the best lunchbox ideas to get the kids excited about their lunch.
1. Fruity goodness
Pineapple or pawpaw chunks, or easy-to-transport bananas, are the ultimate nutritious, yummy lunchbox snack. They can be enjoyed fresh or in a recipe like these Easy Dole Banana Granola Bars by Jay & Sarah NZ. They’re quick to make and you know exactly what they contain (including, no nuts!).
2. The three bowl approach
Fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy (such as cheese sticks or a carton of flavoured milk or a pouch 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.
3. Slice, wrap and fill
4. 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.
5. 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 the next day.
6. The lunchbox
If you use a lunchbox that keeps food chilled, you can send pouches of yoghurt, small containers of dip or cottage cheese mixed with crackers, vegetable or fruit pieces to school without fear of salmonella poisoning. Make your own chilly pack by freezing a pouch of dairy food – it will slowly defrost while keeping the other lunchbox ingredients nice and cool.
7. Perfect packaging
Pop hard boiled eggs, small tins of baked beans or tuna into a reusable leak-proof container for a sandwich’s best friend – no spills; no soggy sandwich.
8. Filling fillings
Banana and honey; mashed egg and mayonnaise; ham, cheese and tomato; cream cheese, tuna, cucumber and carrot.
9. The love note
Add a little message from you to brighten their day, and their lunch!
10. Find something new
Check out the Kidspot lunchbox recipe section for new kid-friendly ideas.
Bonus Tip: No sneaking things in
Kids will be more likely to eat their lunch if they have had a hand in preparing it. See idea 2.