Lunch box tips from our members
Packing the school lunch box can be a chore and it’s especially frustrating when the food you have lovingly prepared returns home in the afternoon with your kids. Our members have shared some of their best lunch box tricks for making school lunches easier for you and more appealing for your kids.
Bento lunch boxes:
Bento style lunch boxes save on packaging and look great. Kids enjoy the variety you get by using the various compartment and helps to manage portion control. You can even make a little “cheat sheet” for yourself for when you are packing lunch in a rush, for example one compartment sandwich or wrap, two for fruit, one for a healthy snack and one for a treat.
By cooking a large batch of cakes, muffins or slices and freezing down into small portions you can save time on preparation. Treats will defrost in lunch boxes and be nice and fresh by the time lunch break rolls around. You can also encourage kids to join you in the kitchen when baking for some extra weekend fun.
Recruit little helpers:
Involving the kids with packing their lunches not only helps to ensure what you are packing will get eaten, it also helps to teach independence and responsibility. Depending on their age, try and involve your kids in preparing their lunch box or shopping for the grocery items. Let them have a say in how fruit or veggies are cut and what special treat they would like.
Make it interesting:
Kids like variety, just like us. It’s great to find staple items that you know they’ll love, and most importantly, will eat. But try introducing new foods occasionally to keep it exciting. One of our members suggests having a “try it Tuesday” where you give them something different one day a week to make lunches more interesting.
And like all things, it pays to be prepared. Try packing lunch the night before to avoid chaotic mornings and freezing or partially freezing drink bottles to keep lunches cool. You can also stretch your grocery budget further by purchasing Woolworths Store eGift Cards with a 4% member discount through the RACT member hub.