You know summer is officially over when kids start going back to school and the roads in the mornings and afternoons are busy with school buses and parents are rushing to do pick-up and drop offs. I feel that it is a bittersweet feeling, you are happy that they are going back to school but at the same time you miss them during the day?
I don’t have any kids but I have 8 nieces and 4 nephews to know that every mom struggles with what to pack for lunch every single morning. I decided to write this post when my friend was complaining that her daughter doesn’t eat anything at school from her own lunchbox but has no problem to eat from her friend! So, the obvious reason is that she is bored of her own food and is looking for variety. Kids are easily bored, whether it comes to what you feed them or what game they are playing, they can easily lose interest and this is when parents can get a little creative.
Below are a few lunchbox ideas that you can experiment with…
• Celery sticks with almond butter – most schools are strict with peanut butter and anything containing peanuts due to pupils with nut allergy, so almond butter is a safe bet, it is just as tasty and high in essential fats which will help kids stay full till the bell rings.
• Homemade Granola with Greek Yoghurt, try this recipe that I make at home, it is delicious and full of nutrition, none of those nasties you get on the supermarket shelves.
o In a baking try, use 2 cups steel cut oats (I use Gluten free ones), add a handful of almonds, walnuts, pecans (or any nuts of your choice) 1 tbsp flax seeds, 4-5 tbsp coconut oil, ¼ cup maple syrup. Mix well with your hand or using a spoon. Make sure all the oats get soaked in the maple syrup and coconut oil. Bake at 200C for 20-25 mins. Keep checking every 5 mins and mix it every now and again so it gets evenly cooked. Serve with yoghurt or milk of your choice and top it with some fruits. Yumm!
• Fruits & Veggies cut in fun shapes – fruits are colorful so it is appealing to kids, but try cutting them into fun shapes. You can find different shapes at any grocery store. It is a fun and creative way to get them to eat their 5 a day fruits and veggies.
• Apple slices with almond butter
• Sandwiches! You can get really creative with this – you can pretty much fill it with anything but a few of our favs are:
o Cheese, Tomato and Cucumber on Brown Bread.
o Almond Butter and Organic or Homemade Jelly.
o Hardboiled egg sandwich.
o Chicken/Tuna & Mayo with lettuce
• Granola Bars – I have done 2 amazing recipes on these that you and your kids will absolutely love! Click on the name to see the recipes for these – Almond & Date Bars and Banana & Walnut Granola Bars
I hope your kids enjoy these lunchbox ideas and I hope you enjoy making them.