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Lunch Box Tips

Being at kindy and school is hard work, (with all that playing and drawing to do) - so by the time recess and lunchtime comes around your child will be feeling hungry and thirsty. What they need is a nutritious and filling 'mini meal' that's not only healthy, but also tastes delicious - and will encourage your child to refuel properly during their busy day!

Some basic tips to remember

  • Provide healthy food and drinks in realistic quantities. Kids will not eat more at school than they do at home, plus they'll be eager to finish eating quickly so they have time to play with their friends!
  • Pre-packed individual servings are convenient but rather expensive. To save money, buy in bulk and fill small sealable plastic bags or reusable containers for crackers or dips etc.
  • Use leftovers - if they liked it the night before odds are they'll love it the next day for lunch, even if it's cold!
  • Ensure your child can open and unwrap their lunch. Plastic wrappers can be very difficult for young children to undo.
  • Although many schools now have a fridge for storing lunch boxes - a refreezable ice pack, frozen water bottle or frozen fruit juice tetra-pack enables you to pack your child's lunch with perishables such as pasta salad, eggs, meat sandwiches and yoghurt etc.
  • Let your children have some say when it comes to packing their lunches, however even fussy eaters should be given a variety of different, bite-sized foods (along with a couple of their favourites so you know they won't go hungry). Kids are much more likely to eat new foods when mum's not watching and when they are surrounded by other children eating.
  • Finally, to ease the chaos of the mad rush out the door in the morning, try making the school lunches the night before! (Speaking from experience, it definitely makes for a happier and less stressed mummy in the mornings!)

Lunchbox Recipes

For tasty treats that are sure to make your child the envy of all their playground friends, checkout these scrumptious lunchbox ideas you can try at home.

Sandwich Sushi

  • 2 slices bread with crusts removed (either white, brown or wholemeal)
  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 2 slices ham
  • 1/3 cup finely grated carrot
  • 1/2 lebanese cucumber, cut into lengths

Flatten the bread slightly with a rolling pin and spread with the cream cheese.

Place a layer of ham on the bread, then sprinkle with the carrot and top with a stick of cucumber.

Fold the bread and contents in half to enclose the filling then roll up.

Cut each sushi roll into three sections. Serves 2.

Variation

Flatten two slices of bread with the crusts removed.

Combine 1 x 95g tin drained tuna and 1 tablespoon whole-egg mayonnaise.

Spread onto the bread. Top with 1/2 lebanese cucumber, cut into lengths.

Fold over the bread to tightly enclose the filling, then roll up.

Cut each sushi roll into three equal portions. Serves 2.

Chicken and Vegetable Fried Rice

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 rasher bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red capsicum
  • 1/4 cup drained corn kernels
  • 3/4 cup shredded barbecue chicken
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over high heat.

Add the oil and bacon and cook for approx 2 minutes or until browned.

Next add the onion, capsicum and corn, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until the onion is soft.

Then add the chicken, rice and soy sauce.

Stir the mixture for 2 minutes or until warmed through. Serves 2.

Pizza Roll-ups

  • 1 tablespoon whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 2 slices of lavash or think flat bread
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice ham
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple, drained and chopped
  • vegetable oil for brushing

Prehat the oven to 180 degrees.

Combine the mayonnaise and tomato sauce and spread over the bread.

Sprinkle with the grated cheese, then top with the ham and pineapple.

Roll the bread up tightly and brush with the oil. Place the rolls on a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Bake for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the bread feels crispy.

Cut into equal portions and either serve or pack away in lunch box. Serves 2

Satay Chicken Roll-ups

  • 1 cup shredded barbecue chicken
  • 3 tablespoons satay sauce (store bought)
  • 1 tablespoon whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 2 slices lavash or thin flat bread
  • 3 iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded

Place the chicken and 2 tablespoons of satay sauce in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Add together the remainder of the satay sauce and the mayonnaise in another small bowl, then spread this over the bread.

Top with the shredded lettuce and the satay chicken.

Roll up the bread tightly and cut into equal portions. Serves 2.

Ham and Tomato Mini Quiches

  • 2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry
  • 1/2 cup chopped leg ham
  • 1/2 cup grated tasy cheese
  • 2 green onions (shallots) finely chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees.

Use a cookie cutter (or upside down glass) to cut 8cm rounds from the defrosted pastry.

Gently push the rounds into lightly greased shallow patty cases or 12 hole muffin tray.

Lightly prick the pastry then bake in hot oven for 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and add equal amounts of chopped ham, cheese and shallots to each pastry case.

Whisk the eggs and milk together then pour equal amounts into each case and top with a cherry tomato.

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for approx 15-20 minutes or until the egg is golden and firm.

These quiches can be stored in the freezer - then defrosted in the fridge overnight before putting them in your child's lunchbox.


Other lunchtime ideas

  • If your child is old enough, they may enjoy making their own foods - so a burrito or a pita bread pocket will make a fun, yet healthy lunch option. Simply prepare shredded salad, meat, grated cheese and sauce, place in small containers or resealable plastic bags - then let them assemble their own lunch at school. You get to control what goes in it and they get to choose what they like!
  • Kids also love dip! Just prepare bite-sized pieces or thinly sliced fresh vegetables/salad to go with a small container of dipping sauce. Low fat yoghurt or sour cream, hummus and tzatsiki are healthy dip choices.
  • Try preparing a portion-controlled healthy 'trail mix' as a snack. Include nuts, crunch whole grain cereals (such as Nutri-Grain) and dried fruits such as sultanas, apricots or banannas. Mix together then put into small resealable bags or containers. (Please Note: Some schools do not permit nuts and products containing traces of nuts to be taken to school due to pupils with nut allergies)
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