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The little ones are back into the swing of things. But it’s been weeks that you’ve packed those school lunches and you seem to be running out of ideas for your bundles of joy to eat. We know better than anyone that keeping up the momentum of packing great school lunches can be draining. Don’t worry here are a few tips, tricks and ideas to keep you and your little ones interesting in their school lunches.

Remember, packing a balanced lunch for school means you are going to have to include a little of everything. You’ll need Fruits, grains, veggies and then a protein. It might take a little time to get into the habit, but before you know it you’ll be rocking school lunches like a pro. Some of the ideas a little later will take less than 10-munites to put together too.

What makes your school lunches good?

We all know that there really is more to packing a school lunch than simply throwing a few things together. Ideally, school lunches should be rich in nutrients, easy to eat and be able to last till lunch. Then it also needs to be appealing and easy to pack.

Getting Your Child Interested in School Lunches

We’ve all been there before; you spend time packing a lunch box only for it to come home untouched. So we already know that to keep your child fed you need to keep them interested in the food. To do this, we suggest colour! Children will always east with the eyes first. If the lunch looks boring, your child is likely to lose interest in it.

5 Easy Lunch Box Ideas

Why not give these 5 easy lunch box ideas a try. Each of these contains the basics of the essential food groups which make up healthy balanced school lunches.

Monday

  • 4 cold meat rolls
  • 5 baby carrots
  • Handful of grapes
  • Half an apple
  • Whole grain sandwich with cheese spread
  • Bottle of water

Tuesday

  • Cheese quesadilla cut into 4 slices
  • 1 banana
  • Handful of peanuts
  • Approximately 10 blanched green beans
  • A few slices of Biltong
  • Bottle of water

Wednesday

  • Tuna Salad on Whole Grain Bread
  • Handful of grapes
  • 4 tomato wedges
  • 3 baby whole corns
  • 4 salty cracks
  • Bottle of water

Thursday

  • Cracker bread with cold meat
  • Cheese slices
  • An Apple
  • Red pepper slices
  • 5 baby carrots
  • Bottle of water

Friday

  • Two homemade carrot muffins
  • Celery sticks and hummus
  • Handful of grapes
  • 4 Cold meat rolls
  • Cheese sticks
  • Bottle of water