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Healthy snacks & kid’s lunchboxes

Endeavouring to achieve lunch box success every day of the week can be time consuming, tiring and overwhelming. There are mums & dads across the country feeling overwhelmed by this daily task, not to mention the added degree of difficulty in trying to ensure the items they pack are not packed with nasties!

As a mother of two I’ve packed countless lunch boxes over the years, and I’ve picked up a few tips that I feel every parent needs to know.

Like us, kids eat with their eyes

Packing your kids lunch boxes with fruit and veg is the perfect way to impart fun and exciting natural colour. I have found cutting up fruit and veggies like apple slices and carrot sticks make the kids more likely to devour and enjoy them. Try squeezing a little lemon over apple slices to keep them from browning. Another great idea is giving them something to dip them into. Whether it be hummus, peanut butter, tahini or sweet chilli sauce. Dips make it even more fun – you can be sure they won’t come home in their lunch box.

Keep the portion sizes smaller…

Keeping the portion sizes small and easy to grab is another key to success. This ensures they don’t over-eat or fill themselves up with just one food group. I highly recommend purchasing sustainable lunchboxes with dividers. This way you are encouraged to pack different items in smaller portions, which also ensures everything stays fresh during the long school days.

Table of Plenty Rice Cakes are great for lunch boxes

Make sure there is variety…

Filling your kids lunch box should be an exercise in balance. Including foods from all food groups. Having both sweet and savory snacks makes for a very happy and nourished kid. Kids don’t have too much time to when eating, recess is often only 20 minutes and at lunchtime kids just want to play. Having snacks like Table of Plenty Rice Cakes are the perfect treat that your kids will love… I have also heard that they have ‘tradability’ value – who knew!

Be prepared …

Meal prep is not only great for the morning rush, it is also great for your wallet. Having ready-to-go meals for your kids means that you know that they are getting the nutrients they need with food that you know they love. Another alternative is to make a little more of your evening meal which can then be taken to school the next day! Simple and no waste.

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