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    Default Lunchbox Ideas for Picky Children and a Time Poor Mum

    I always start the year off with good intentions, but I will admit, come December my boys get a mussel bar, a packet of shapes or tiny teddies, a piece of fruit and a sandwich or lunch order.

    What do you put in your kids' lunch boxes that are healthy, and don't take long to throw together? I know the usual suggestions- quiche (bake it on the weekend!), yoghurt (we use our own squeeze pouches!) Cheesesticks (throw in some plain crackers) etc, but my darn children are picky! But picky only when it comes to lunch boxes, which leads me to actually conclude they see what other kids have and base their eating and lunch boxes on that

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    Subbing. I have an extremely fussy eater.

    Would it make a difference if you presented the food in a more exciting way? eg. fruit cut in to shapes, 'sushi' sandwiches.

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    I always make sweet stuff from Wholefood Simply. They usually take 5-10 mins. You can feeeze them. And picky DS eats it. And they are healthier than a lot of other stuff. And a lot do not require baking. Or many ingredients. And the kids can help.

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    Some things I have found good, easy to prepare ( can make on weekend for the week and freeze ahead of time) and also that my kids eat are..

    Chocolate balls ( that what we call them). - dates, sultanas, oats, cocoa all blended together and rolled in coconut. My kids love these and they are quite filling.

    Mini muffins- banana, Apple and cinnamon. Normally give two.

    Carrot sticks or even a full carrot- they love eating them raw.

    Corn thins- with peanut butter or cheese

    Popcorn.

    Anzac biscuits.

    Fruit- watermelon, strawberries.

    Lunch boxes are hard sometimes they eat a lot other times not as much.

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    I am very similar to you and my kids are fussy! Especially with their lunch box food.

    Things they will eat in their lunch box

    I make vegemite scrolls and pizza scrolls (dough in the bread maker).
    Banana muffins
    Puff pastry pizza scrolls
    Zucchini slice
    Chicken Meatballs (sometimes)

    Other than that they have a vegemite sandwich.....DD has just started high school and is taking peanut butter sandwiches.
    Vintage cheese and rice crackers
    Hommus and crackers
    Some sort of fruit.....usually apple or grapes. Although I found a new container in Coles and DD9 is now taking nectarines and peaches as the container stops the fruit from getting bruised.

    Neither of my kids will eat vege sticks so I don't bother.

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    DSS went through a fussy eating phase so I would make the same thing but present them differently...

    Faves were:
    - faux egg (greek yoghurt with a peach in the middle)
    - wrap sushi (a wrap cut into sushi shapes, filled with ham cheese lettuce tomato)
    - melon balls
    - heart shaped sandwiches
    - leftover pasta
    - veg and dip
    - apple slices

    *Will add others as I think of them*

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