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I don’t know how it goes in your house but here we start the week well – great snacks and lunchbox treats on Monday and Tuesday after the big grocery shop. Then it’s a downhill slide and on Friday you might get an apple and some plain biscuits with a ham sandwich if you’re lucky otherwise it’s vegemite. I make 3-4 lunchboxes each day and feed hungry kids at the end of the day too so we work our way through the fridge and pantry each week.
Twice a week I need to make a lunchbox for my little miss who is my fussiest eater so it’s been an interesting challenge this year. We tried Sunbites Airpopped popcorn in mini packs and it was super popular and a bit of a change too. It was so popular that my little ones kept wanting more. So I’ve put them up out of sight and kept them for lunchbox treats and after school. And the ‘lightly salted’ and ‘sweet and salty’ flavours are our favourites.
Here are my top tips for packing a lunchbox for your fussiest eater
- lunchboxes with individual compartments are great for dips, crackers and adding variety and colour to a lunchbox. I love my tupperware lunchboxes and this yellow one has been going strong since for over 4 years and had well and truly paid for itself.
- go for variety and try out new things. I loved putting popcorn in the lunchboxes this week and I regularly check out the healthfood aisle/snack section.
- fruit, fruit and more fruit
- sultanas and dried fruit are great to keep in the pantry. Our OT actually recommended sultanas as it’s a chewy food….just get prepared to find those little suckers around the house, under the couch. Also try to buy organic/preservative free dried fruit as I find that little ones with sensitivities don’t do well with preservative 220 which can be found in a lot of dried fruit. Even my stomach doesn’t like it.
- sushi and anything with rice is a great way to add some variety to a lunchbox. When I’ve got more time on the weekend I like to cook brown rice as it takes longer but is more filling than white. Plus I feel better eating it. This is brown rice sushi. From the shops. Bought just for this post. I do love making sushi for the family but it doesn’t look this neat.
- always keep a loaf of bread in your freezer. Our favourite fillings are good old ham, egg and a dairy free mayo (please check your preschool/school policy about eggs!), vegemite, hummus, dip, avocado, tuna or if we’re at home then peanut butter. She loves peanut butter sandwiches.
And I took this lunchbox to kindy assembly to keep my littlest two occupied and they were fighting over all the goodies inside so this is a win and I’ll have to replicate it for preschool. It’s also a good excuse to buy the sweet and salt flavour which I have taken quite a liking to.
So keep an eye out for Sunbites Airpopped popcorn when you’re next at the supermarket. It’s been super popular here with our little ones and also added some variety to our lunchboxes and afternoon tea. And make sure you save a few bags of the ‘sweet and salt’ for a healthy treat for yourself because I just love them.
And do you have a lunchbox tip you’d like to share with me? Love to hear it…..I have a lot of luncboxes to make in my future.