Keeping kids interested in their lunchbox contents can be a challenge, so we've come up with some back to school ideas to help keep their lunchboxes and afternoon snacks fun and varied.
School lunch tips
- Create a meal plan for the week to help you write your shopping list and be prepared. Check the mailer for ideas and weekly specials.
- Use a variety of food - a mix of colours and textures, fresh fruit and dried nuts, sweet and savoury, etc to keep it interesting.
- There are so many inventive ways of jazzing up your child’s lunch. Use a thermos to keep food warm until lunchtime (mac and cheese anyone?) or turning food into different shapes is a sure-fire way to keep your child interested.
- Keep it cool: To keep fresh ingredients cool, freeze a bunch of grapes; place them in a zip-lock bag to keep the rest of their lunch fresh and cool. Then they’ve got a snack at the end of it too! A frozen drink bottle will also act as an ice pack but melt into nice, cool water by lunch.
- Do it yourself snack: You could make your own healthy chips for the lunchbox by using thinly sliced kumara, apple, carrot or tearing up kale leaves into a few small pieces - just rub in a little olive oil, and bake in a hot oven until crispy. Kids will love them!
After school snack ideas
Try these quick and easy snack ideas, and make sure to some baking or slices on hand to fill hungry tummies before dinner time!