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Fun Kids Lunchbox Ideas

How to get kids to eat their school lunch… every day!

Try these fun and easy school lunchbox recipes for the new term…

Every parent knows it can be a struggle to get kids to bring home an empty lunchbox every day.  It’s also well known that concentration in the classroom is improved by eating a healthy meal that delivers the right amount of slow released energy.

For most parents, it’s a battle to get the balance right between what kids want and what kids need, so to help out we’ve come up with a few tips and tricks and some irresistible school lunchbox recipes that will have the kids looking forward to lunchtime!

  • Mix it up!

Try mixing up the lunchbox menu every so often with wraps, muffins or a slice. A great way to get ahead in your meal prep, these easy lunchbox recipes are great for school days and will leave the kids clamouring for more the next day.

 

Cheesy Ham and Corn Puffs

Cheese, Ham and Corn Puffs – Devondale

Spinach and Zucchini Rice Slice

Cheese, Spinach and Zucchini Rice Slice – The Dairy Kitchen

Hawaiian Lunchbox Wraps

Hawaiian Holiday Wrap – Devondale

  • Make a big batch of cheesy scrolls or snack bars to keep them going through the week

Making your own snacks means you’re in control of the ingredients and helping to fuel those brains every day!  Baking a big batch and freezing in portions means you’ll never be short of an inspiring lunchbox addition, espcially when you’re short on time.

Cheesy Vegemite Scrolls

Cheese and Vegemite Scrolls – Devondale

Apple and Blueberry Yoghurt Bars

Apple and Blueberry Yoghurt Bars – The Dairy Kitchen

  • Liven up that apple…

Add a generous spread of peanut butter (or cream cheese if your child’s school is nut free) to apple rings or wedges to create an easy to eat, filling snack.

  • Sneak in fruit and veggies wherever you can!

Grab the biscuit cutters and invite the kids to help cut fruit and veg into fun shapes.  Some great options include apples, melon, pears, pineapple, carrots and cucumbers.  And we all love dipping, so add a little pot of hummus or guacamole!

You could also try making the humble sandwich more exciting by cutting into stars or gingerbread men shapes.

Fun Kids Lunchbox Ideas

  • Keep it cool!

A carton of frozen homemade smoothie or coconut water will help keep their lunch cool.  And by the time lunchtime rolls around it’ll be the perfect temperature to drink!

  • Stay organised with a lunchbox planner

It can be hard balancing different likes and dislikes for everyone, so print out an easy lunchbox planner to keep track of those lunches and ensure you’re always prepared.  We like this idea from The Organised Housewife!

  • And don’t forget the lunchbox…

Lastly, make sure they’ve got a great lunchbox to house their tasty treats.  You could try a tiffin box to easily layer up snacks, fruit and veg and the main event, that way they get to open a new level each time!

For more fun lunchbox recipes and a host of healthy breakfast ideas too, click the image below to take a look at myfoodbook’s inspiring Back to School recipe collection.

myfoodbook Back to School Recipe Collection

Happy lunchbox making!

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