Are you ever stuck for lunchbox ideas? I’m a big fan of giving my children sandwiches for lunch in their lunchbox. I personally think it’s the easier option – both for grocery shopping and for lunchbox prep – particularly when you are trying to put a lunchbox together 5 minutes before walking out the door! But I know that kids can sometimes find this a boring option, and for parents, the sandwich filling options can often be limited as to what will stay fresh (and not soggy) in the sandwich until lunch time. If your child is a picky eater, providing the same lunch every day is reassuring to them, however, by changing it up occasionally it means that they get to try new foods in an environment that isn’t the home, and it is a chance to provide options that give your child a wide variety of nutrients. I always try to include foods from each of the food groups and provide a variety of coloured fruit and vegetables to ensure your children receive a wide variety of nutrients.
A great way to provide variety in your child’s lunchbox is to give them leftovers from dinner. By doing this you will save time in the morning, and also waste less food. I am a BIG meal planner, and every Sunday I plan our meals for the week ahead. By meal planning, it means you can plan your weekly meals to provide foods that are also lunchbox friendly, i.e easy to keep fresh, can be put in a lunchbox and eaten with minimal fuss (hands or fork). If you are looking for meal planning templates, please sign up to our newsletter and you will be sent a weekly meal planning template, lunchbox planning template and shopping list template for FREE!
Below are 5 different lunch boxes that I have made that include leftovers from the previous nights dinner. Also note that in each lunchbox I try to include foods from each of the five food groups – fruit, vegetables, dairy, protein, grains and cereal. NOTE: I only include leftover foods that can remain in the lunchbox until lunchtime without any food safety issues and I make sure the lunchbox is kept cold, and importantly that the food tastes ok eaten cold. If not, then heating the food prior to school and placing it in a food thermos is a better option.
Corn and quinoa fritters (recipe care of Healthy Little Foodies)
Spinach and ricotta sausage rolls
Broccoli and spinach quiche
Wholegrain crackers and cheese
Strawberries and plain yoghurt
Rice crackers and Tzatziki
Do you have any other leftover suggestions that you put into your kids lunch boxes?