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Healthy lunches and snacks are super important for active, growing children.
With our increasingly busy schedules, it can be quite the challenge to be organised when it comes to preparing your child’s lunch boxes and making sure they have variety week to week. Here we share our favourite tips and tricks to make the task that much easier and have you lunch packing like a boss!
We can’t stress how much prior planning is your saviour while you juggle work, school and everything in between. Prepping food and having it ready to grab from the fridge saves you heaps of time and stress in the long run. It also helps to have a selection and variety of foods in school lunches to keep your kids interested in what they’re eating. If you have older children, try to involve them in deciding what goes in their lunchboxes and have them assist in putting them together.
Healthy baked treats are a great way to add variety to your kid’s lunchbox. We recommend baking multiple batches of baking in one day and freezing them. Frozen baked goods normally last 2-3 months so you can bake and freeze enough to last you the whole term.
Ideas of what you could bake:
The freezer is your best friend when it comes to meal prep. Making large batches in one go and freezing them saves so much more time and effort in the long run. Cheese and ham bread rolls are a great option to prepare in advance and freeze. Simply defrost overnight in the fridge and add salad options in the morning before packing in the lunchbox. Just like the baking, these will also freeze well for 2-3 months.
Fresh fruit is always a healthy and convenient option to include in your kid’s lunchbox and the natural sugars make it a sweet treat too. Here are some ideas of fruit that you can add and how to store them. Of course, try and use as much of whatever fruits are in season at the time!
By taking these handy tips and tricks on board, lunch prep will soon become a breeze! We suggest setting some time aside on a Sunday afternoon to get organised for the week. Have the kids get involved by dishing out some of the simpler tasks, put on some music and make it a fun activity for all!