My son is about to begin prep next year, so I am starting to think about school lunches. Personally I don't want to make those fancy filled lunch boxes (star shaped cheese, heart shaped apple pieces). For me, food is all about nutrition and energy. I don’t want to associate food with emotion, I want to avoid making it look too fun, exciting etc. This is how eating disorders can be created (associating food with making us happy, eating to make us happy etc). Obviously I want the food to look yummy and appealing!!If food needs to look creative and exciting for a primary school student, what's going to happen once they reach secondary school? What type of food is going to make them happy and excited? I think fancy food should be kept for special events like birthday parties. A sandwich should look like a sandwich, a piece of cheese should look like a piece of cheese and fruit like a piece of fruit. My son can get his joy and happiness out of learning, play and being with his friends. **Now if you like to make fancy lunch boxes with star shaped cheese and apple shaped hearts, that is ok if you and child are happy with that!*** So can we please share some basic, nutritious lunch box ideas? I am thinking of some things like: *Morning tea (they call this brain food) in class, 10am:Fruit salad – Chopped up seasonal fruit, EG: Kiwi and strawberries, Watermelon and strawberries or Banana and Pear. *Recess: Air popped popcorn and a piece of fruit, E.g: Apple. OR Tub of yogurt and a piece of fruit.*Lunch: Wholemeal Sandwich with butter, cheese and vegemite or Vegemite and cheese scrolls. My son isn’t a lettuce and tomato eater, yet!I need more sandwich / scroll ideas!*Special treat once per week: Packet of Rice wheels, Monster sticks or LCM bar.*Special lunch order, once per week or fortnight.
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10-11-2014 08:35 #1
Basic, healthy lunch box ideas
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10-11-2014 08:45 #2
Check out 'one handed cooks' for some excellent freezer friendly kid snacks. Fruit muffins, date cookies, home dried fruits etc. I love their ideas and they are always really simple, really nutritious.
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10-11-2014 09:24 #3
Your ideas sound great and I really agree with your approach. Kids seems to love wraps for lunch. When I taught pre-primary the one thing I noticed is that children get really, really hungry by morning tea/recess time as it's a big break form breakfast until then. Most often the little ones want to eat their lunch at morning tea time!
Fruit doesn't always seems enough so sometimes with my stepchildren I give them half a sandwich with the fruit. Sometimes i make sugar free pikelets/muffins too.
10-11-2014 09:36 #4
I like the muffin ideas too for morning tea, something yummy made with fruit, yoghurt and less sugar.
What types of fillings are good for wraps?
10-11-2014 09:41 #5
This is a standard lunch for DS although now I tend to put the fruit in a separate container and put a protein and salad wrap chopped in half instead of the sandwich. The idea is that he doesn't have to eat it all but to eat a little bit from each square which is roughly divided into protein, fruit, veggies and whole grains. I also give him a yoghurt. For morning tea he generall eats the fruit and yoghurt but if he's still hungry then some sandwich and/or the boiled egg. I try to make it look interesting by using different coloured fruit and veggies.
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My eldest is in prekinder this year and I normally pack him 2 pieces of fruit (one is an apple the other can be anything), carrot sticks and a sandwich/popcorn/biscuits/muffin. This is just for morning tea! Some days he starts eating it on the way to the bus stop. Today he took a dry weetbix and some mini weets - his choice.
10-11-2014 10:02 #8
It is a bit of a PITA to wash all the little boxes afterwards though.
10-11-2014 10:08 #9
I make carrot and coconut muffins which both children like. Just a basic muffin mix with grated carrot and coconut and some oats added. You can use some puréed apple to cut down on sugar. Sometimes I make chocolate muffins with grated zucchini added. I also make muesli or weetbix slices. Generally I bake a couple of things on the weekend then wrap them and freeze them for the week.
Other snacks include yoghurt, carrot sticks and rice crackers with hummus or baby bel cheese or popcorn, muesli bars.
The sandwiches and wraps are kept pretty simple. They like vegemite, honey, cheese, ham or tuna.
Fruit is whatever is seasonal and I cut wedges of pineapple or melon and put them on a paddle pop sticks to make melon or pineapple pops and they also like little ziplock bags of frozen grapes.
I usually pack 2 snacks (1sweet, 1 savoury), a sandwich and 2 pieces of fruit. If DD has an after school activity I pack an extra after school snack as well.
Today for example DD has a wholemeal cheese sandwich, popcorn, a muesli bar, a small tub of yoghurt, an apple, 2 strawberries and a small banana.
Last edited by DailyDiversion; 10-11-2014 at 10:15.
10-11-2014 10:21 #10
A typical lunch box for DS is
-ham & cheese or vegemite & cheese on wholemeal/grain bread
-yoghurt (e.g. the chobani ones but I'm planning on getting some if those reusable squeezy containers to make it more affordable)
-a small banana or some cut up fruit like strawberries
-one extra snack e.g. dried fruit, small muffin, nut free muesli bar
He normally eats it all bar the crusts of the sandwich lol.
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