I never realised until my daughter started school last year just how hard packing a child’s lunch box can be. I like to keep her lunch box budget friendly, plastic free and full of all the nutrition that she needs to fuel her busy days. Not the easiest thing to do every single week. I know that so many other parents feel the exact same way, which is why I created these healthy lunch box ideas.
Lunch boxes don’t have to be boring. With very little effort you can have something so much more interesting than just a sandwich and piece of fruit. To give you a little lunch box inspiration we have put together these 5 quick, easy, fun and not to mention healthy lunch box ideas. Your kids are almost sure to never bring home uneaten lunch again. Let’s get started.
First of all, it’s good to know what a lunch box should contain to make it balanced and healthy. There should be some form of the following:
Protein is essential for keeping kids (and everyone for that matter) fuel throughout the day. The easiest place to include this is in the main lunch box item.
Grains are just as essential as protein, are are very easy to include in a lunch box. Wraps and pasta are a great way to include grains, and choosing wholemeal or wholegrain makes them even healthier and more filling.
To keep those bones strong, add dairy either as part of the main lunch item or as a side. You could add cream cheese to a wrap, or include cubed cheese or yoghurt as a side.
No lunch box would be complete without fruit. I use whatever fruit is in season, such as citrus in winter and berries in summer.
Finally, every lunch box should include a few vegetables. Grated vegetables are great in wraps, or try carrot and celery sticks along with my daughters favourite, cherry tomatoes.
Ensuring that every lunch box you create ticks these 5 boxes is a great way to know that you are on the right track, and is especially helpful when you are packing lunch in a hurry.
It’s also a great idea to get the kids involved in their own lunch boxes, my daughter loves making her own lunch every morning before school. Woolworths and Jamie Oliver have created the perfect challenge to get kids involvedin creating lunch boxes. It’s called Pack Your Parents Lunch Day, and it’s happening this Wednesday the 11th October. It’s a fun way to get kids into the kitchen, and I’m sure many kids are going to love packing their Mum and Dad’s lunch for the day.
Once your kids have made your lunch, take a quick picture and share in on Insta or Twitter using the tag #packyourparentslunchday. Jamie Oliver himself will be reviewing the social media posts and the best lunch boxes made by kids will be receiving signed Jamie Oliver books and a free supply of Woolworths Mini Fruit, perfect for kids, for an entire year.
- 3-ingredient apricot balls
- cherry tomatoes
- Hawaiian wrap – wrap filled with cream cheese, ham, pineapple and grated cheese
- plain yoghurt topped with fruit
- brown rice crackers
- sliced apple
- zucchini muffins
- carrot and celery sticks
- chicken tzatziki wraps – wrap filled with shredded chicken, baby spinach leaves, tzatziki
- apple slices
- cheese cubes
- pasta salad – pasta, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shredded chicken, chopped baby spinach
- boiled egg
- cherry tomatoes
- carrot and cheese sandwich pinwheels