“The only way you can go to school with your kids is through their lunch box.” - Junior MasterChef judge and mum-extraordinaire, Anna Gare
Making lunch every day of the school year can be tiresome for mothers so it’s a good idea to keep trying out fresh ideas to keep your child (and you!) interested. Three key elements to ensuring your child’s lunch box comes home empty, are variety, health and suprise!
- The three bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy (such as tubs of yoghurt or cheese sticks, but only if you have a lunch box that keeps food chilled).
- A variation to the humble sandwich: why not try wraps, multigrain crackers, pita bread, muffins, pancakes, fritters or mini rolls, instead.
- Introduce the unexpected: Cut their favourite sandwich with a cookie cutter. It may well be their first step in understanding that variety is the spice of life.
- The leftovers lunch: Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta salad, quiche, homemade pizza slices, meatballs, spring rolls, samosas and sausages are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch.
- Use filling fillings: banana and honey; mashed egg and mayonnaise; ham, cheese and tomato; cream cheese with pineapple bits; mashed avocado with a little lemon juice; tuna mayonnaise and sweetcorn; or cheese and coleslaw are just a few combinations you could try.
- Jazz up fruit and veg: try putting grapes or strawberries on a skewer. Provide cut up carrots or cucumber (crudites) with a little dipping tub of hummus or tzatsiki.
- Picnic in a lunch box: place slices of tomato, ham, grated carrot, grated cheese, sliced boiled egg, lettuce leaves and some bread and butter in the lunch box, so she can build her own sandwich.
- The love note: add a little message from you to brighten their day, and their lunch if they're not going to be happy with what you snuck in!