OK, we admit it. The new school term’s only been upon us for a week or so and already we’re in need of inspiration for healthy packed lunches.
So we’ve done what we always do in these situations and asked some other parents (that tactic hasn’t let us down so far after all).
Here’s their advice:
Pippa at A Mother’s Ramblings says, “Make sure you cover the food groups and don’t be worried about giving a treat. For example, if my kids have a sandwich and a bit of fruit and a drink and a bit of veg then they get a cake treat.”
Pippa also has a great tip to avoid coming home with barely touched lunches. “Make things children sized. Use cutters to make them interesting and smaller, children are more likely to eat them.
And even though it’s an easy habit to fall into, Pippa reckons it’s essential to try not to give your kids the same lunch every day. “Variety is great. You could give a wrap one day, a sandwich another, crackers, pasta, rice etc.”
Sarah at Sarah Mum of 3 advises us to remember younger kids may have trouble with certain fruits. “With younger ones, peel oranges and bananas and pop them in a plastic tub so they can get into them OK by themselves.”
And Michelle at Utterly Scrummy echoes this advice, “Make sure packaging is easy to get into for little hands – and don’t pack an overwhelming amount of food.”
We love Cass from Frugal Family’s idea to prepare well in advance. “I bake muffins on a Sunday and freeze them. I get them out the night before and pop the muffins in their packed lunch and they’re fresh-tasting the next day.” Yum!
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