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Great Lunchbox Ideas for Summer

Posted by Mandy Sacher on January 20, 2016

Posted by Mandy Sacher on January 20, 2016

The school holidays are over and it’s time to get those lunches back on track! Or maybe you have a little one starting school for the very first time this year. Read on for our inspiring and healthy lunchbox tips that are sure to tempt little tummies!

Key elements to keep in mind when packing lunches during the warmer months – as well as ensuring everything is healthy and delicious! – are hydration and storage. Ensure your little ones stay hydrated with plenty of water plus fresh fruit and veg such as watermelon and cucumber. Keeping their food cool is vital too. Include a small ice pack in their lunch box to keep food fresh and safe all through the day.


To get kids excited about their lunches, include them in your planning and shopping. Ask them what they would like to eat and talk to them about the importance of healthy food and how it will sustain them through the day. Get them to help you pack their lunches the evening before.


What to include
The key parts to a healthy lunchbox include: fresh fruit; fresh crunchy vegetables; calcium rich foods (cheese, tahini, salmon, natural yoghurt); protein (lean meat or a hard-boiled egg, for example); wholegrains (sourdough wholegrain bread, flat bread or seeded crackers); and water.


The main meal
Always ensure there is a rich source of protein on offer when kids open their lunchboxes. For a hearty lunch that will sustain your little one through the day, try our mini salmon quiches, sweet potato pikelets or lamb koftas. They’re tasty, nutritious, and can be made in batches and frozen in advance.


Super snacks
Include plenty of snacks so little ones have a choice for morning and afternoon tea, and perhaps a little homemade treat after lunch. Keep snacks healthy, fresh and colourful. We love popcorn, brown rice sesame crackers, cut up veggies with dips, veggie and fruit skewers, trail mixes, a mini fruit salad of mixed berries, and cubes of cheese.  Be prepared and create a week’s worth of these fabulous treats to replace store bought options: Beetroot and spinach bliss balls, banana bread, raspberry and pear muffins, and healthy gingerbread men.


Pack it up
Stainless steel lunchboxes are eco-friendly and have great compartments for little hands. We love the Bento-style boxes from Planet Box and Lunch Bots, available from Little Linky. Safe, durable reusable and recyclable, they are good for the planet and they last for years too. Thermos Funtainers keep food warm for up to five hours, or cool for seven and are also available from Little Linky.


If you’ve been inspired by the above suggestions, or would just like a little more inspiration, new recipes, shopping lists, lunchbox planners and how to choose the best breads, cheeses and more… Why not come and join our next Lunchbox Solutions Workshop – for information on dates and locations, email us.

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About Wholesome Child

About Wholesome Child

Mandy Sacher is a paediatric nutritionist, founder and CEO of Wholesome Child and mum of two gorgeous children. She is extremely passionate about children’s health and wellbeing, and has dedicated her life to the study of childhood nutrition, sharing her wisdom and experience with busy parents and caretakers through her private practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Her work has been featured in leading national websites and publications including Kidspot, Channel 9The Grace Tales, Food Matters TV, Mother & Baby, Bella Mumma and Babyology. Her first book, Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, contains eight nutritional best practices and more than 140 unique recipes that will transition your family to a healthier way of eating.

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