This guide has been designed to support and inspire families with high quality healthy and nutritious lunch options that are packed full of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains using simple, budget and family-friendly ingredients.
TIP 1: PREPARE IN ADVANCE
Here's a great tip from Kelsie Heemskerk: "Freezer baked goods are really handy for any busy parents who don’t enjoy cooking. Dedicate a couple of hours one day and do a couple of recipes. Freeze them and just pop them in the lunchboxes at the start of the day and they’ll be defrosted by lunchtime".
TIP 2: FRESH FRUIT IS BEST
Choose fresh fruit or canned fruit in natural juices. Dried fruit is sticky and high in sugar so it should only be eaten occasionally
TIP 3: COMPARTMENTS ARE BEST
A lunch box with divided compartments cuts down on packaging and helps you remember all the components. This style is also helpful for fussy eaters that don't like their food to touch.
TIP 4: ALLERGY FRIENDLY
Our centre is allergy aware. Please refrain from bringing peanut butter and other products that contain nuts. Egg should also be avoided where possible.
TIP 5: MAKE USE OF LEFTOVERS
If you’ve made a dish with meat or meat alternatives for dinner the night before (like a beef casserole, lentil dhal or vegetable frittata), keep the leftovers in the fridge and use some for kids’ lunch boxes the next day.
TIP 6: MENU PLANNING
It's gotta get done one way or the other, but you're a lot less likely to be frazzled (and thus pack a better, healthier lunch) when you're not rushing to get out the door. Planning ahead gives you more time to think and make better informed decisions.
Want more? Download our Lunchbox Tips and Tricks eBook for your weekly snack meal plan.