Trying to make lunch boxes interesting and healthy for our children is a challenge. Its alway the task I used to leave to last minute and then I would just grab what we had. But with September arriving I decided it was time to get more organised and not leave things to the last minute.
I was also shocked to learn from recent research conducted by Flora that only 1.6% of packed lunch boxes in primary schools in England are meeting food based standards for school meals. In addition to only 17% of lunch boxes containing any vegetables or salad.
I have been using Flora’s lunchbox guide to help me make better lunches for my girls. Its so easy to get stuck in a rut, especially I found with Holly who is going through a fussy age. The guide helps you to get a better balance of food types within your lunch box.
Its really simple, you choose a main from each of the four groups, add a couple of yummy snacks and finally choose two items from fruit and veg. I have found it a really useful guide and it makes sure I don’t stick to one food group.
The girls have been loving their new lunch boxes and I have started to include Alice in making choices for herself. Encouraging her to try new foods, as well as getting more variation. This has worked really well, and she is definitely a little girl that likes to be involved. If she chooses it herself, she is more likely to eat it.
I have also been making extra pasta when we have it as an evening meal, as this is a really quick and easy lunch the next day. It’s something that I wouldn’t have thought about doing before. I either use exactly what we had for dinner or I just cook extra pasta and then add some tuna, peppers and sweetcorn.
If you need some inspiration for lunch box ideas, then head over to the Flora website where they have lots of great ideas for hassle free recipes and lunch box ideas.
Do you struggle for lunch ideas for your children? Or have any great ideas, please do share below I would love to hear them.
Disclosure: This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here