Getting kids to eat a healthy lunch can often prove to be a difficult task, so we’ve come up with our top list of easy, nutritious and yummy lunchbox ideas that won’t be left in their bag until the end of term!
Goodness Tip: Spend a weekend in the kitchen and make a few batches of goodies in advance. Portion out and store in airtight containers in the freezer, and simply grab when you need – these items will defrost in your little one’s bag by lunchtime and you’ll never be stuck for healthy lunchbox items again!
Spinach, Zucchini & Bacon Muffins
These savoury muffins are the perfect way to sneak vegetables into your children’s lunchboxes. They are gluten-free and could even be used as an on-the-go breakfast for those rushed mornings! Replace the bacon with mushrooms or carrot for a meat free option.
Date-Free Bliss Balls
Bliss balls are a fun, bite-sized snack that are packed full of goodness - you can even get the kids to help create them with you! It’s super easy to swap out ingredients to create new and interesting flavours.
Roasted Seaweed Snack
A crispy, nutrient rich, flavoursome snack, that will be a lunchbox hit! A great alternative to processed chip options.
This homemade hummus can be sent to school with an array of veggie sticks and seeded crackers. A hummus dip is a great and tasty way to make kids enjoy eating fresh vegetables. Mix it up by adding different flavours such as pesto, beetroot, turmeric or garlic. These are easy additions and help to keep things interesting!
Pure Good Organic Nibbles
Simply dried fruit and seeds are combined into bite-sized treats! These nibbles are made with organic ingredients, no GMO’s and are gluten, nut and dairy-free. No sneaky sugars or syrups are added. They come in boxes of 6 packets (per pack) and are so convenient to throw in school lunchboxes for a 100% school-friendly treat.
Homemade Muesli Bars
Many supermarket muesli bars are packed full of added sugars and preservatives, giving your child a much dreaded sugar rush (followed by sugar slump)! Instead try this homemade muesli bar, full of nutritious seeds and dried fruit (no nuts!) for a wholesome, tummy-filling snack.
Organic Banana Bread
Who doesn’t love banana bread?! This delicious treat is a simple and wholesome way to incorporate a little bit of sweet into the lunchbox
Organic Dried Apricots
Naturally sweet and super delicious! These organic dried apricots appear darker in colour as they contain no added sulphur. Sulphur dioxide (E220 or 220) is what preserves the colour of conventional dried apricots that are commonly seen as bright orange. The organic kind may not look as colourful, but boy do they taste better!!
The Humble Sandwich – Jazzed up
A sandwich can still be an exciting lunchbox addition. Here are few ways to make delicious sandwiches:
- Vary the bread: try wholegrain rolls, rye bread, pita, tortillas, etc - there are so many possibilities!
- Add an array of veggies. Try different lettuce/leaf varieties, avocado, cucumber, red onion, sprouts, carrot, etc
- Add a delicious dressing. Introduce a little flavour with a sweet chili mayo, relish or aioli.
- Switch up your meats and cheeses. Ham and cheddar cheese was so 2004, try different variations like salami and fetta or turkey and swiss cheese.
- You must try our Homemade Vegemite-style spread! This recipe is gluten-free and is much lower in sodium compared to real Vegemite, making it a perfect healthy alternative with NO NASTIES!