Hello Everyone!! Happy New Year to All!! Hope this year brings all that you are looking for ???? Its been almost a year since I have shared a post on this space. A new addition to our family called for all my attention!! But am back now with a new series School Lunch Ideas for Kids.
My older one started kindergarten last year and so did our journey with school lunches. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen the lunch boxes that I packed for her. It got so much love there that I decided to consolidate some on this space. We all need inspiration when it comes to kids lunch boxes, don't we? I have great memories of my school lunches and couldn't wait for recess to gobble it all. Hoping to carve similar memory for my kids.
What I pack
My daughter goes to full day school and later to after-school daycare . She gets one small snack break in the morning, then a lunch break and then another snack break when she goes to her after-school daycare. So I tend to pack her lunch in one box and then both snacks together in another smaller one. Also I prefer to offer her options in snacks just incase she prefer one over other.
I prefer to plan her lunchbox with my weekly meal planning and if possible make it an extension of our dinner e.g if we are eating rice for dinner I make extra and then stir fry it in the morning for her lunch box. I usually ask her a day prior if she is OK to take what is planned. This way I still have time to change it if needed. I pack her lunch box in the morning but do any prep required at night to save time in the mornings.
I'm not too strict with the whole absolutely healthy food, no junk philosophy. I believe in balance and portion control. So you will find sweet treat in most of her boxes as well as cookies/crackers/chips/bars etc but at the same time I try to find healthy alternatives where possible and make sure to add fruits and veggies either raw or cooked mixed with her lunch.
Every kid is different, some eat everything where as some are picky. Some like bread, some don't, some like cheese, some don't, some like rice, some don't, some like their food warm while some don't mind it cold. Basically you get the picture ???? After all they are just kids and their moods and choices change. We have our days too when the food comes back untouched vs days when its polished. So pack what works best for you and your kiddo. It shouldn't be stressful for you or them.
I'm by no means an expert or a nutritionist, this is just our lunch box journey that I'm sharing with you all. Hoping it helps give ideas for packing your kids lunches!!
The Lunch Box
The lunch boxes seen in this post are stainless steel ones from Lunchbots (not sponsored). The lunch and snack boxes are not leakproof so I wouldn't pack any liquid or watery food in these as it would seep through other compartments.
LunchBots Trio II Stainless Steel Food Container - use this for her snack-box
LunchBots Bento Trio Large Stainless Steel Food Container - use this for her lunchbox
LunchBots Tiny Leak Proof Dips Condiment Containers - use these to pack condiments and other treat. These are leakproof.
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Lunch box ideas:
Pav bhaji rolls ( roasted dinner rolls in some butter, added cheese and bhaji (made it a bit dry by cooking it longer)), Black and green Grapes and chocolate filled vanilla wafers as sweet treat
Snack box ideas:
Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets, strawberries and blueberries
Eggless Chocolate Banana Cake baked as muffin without nuts, Clementine, red grapes and cheese curls
Strawberry flavored Yogurt, raisins mango, white cheddar corn puffs
Baby Carrots with Hummus, orange slices with blueberries and Edamame puffs
Boiled Egg, baby banana and mango cubes
What do you love to pack for your kids lunch box? I would love to know your favorites! I hope these ideas help to pack your kids lunches!!
Thank you for stopping by!!
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