The days are ticking off before Alice starts school next week and I really need to start getting myself organised. Most days Alice will have a school lunch, but there will be days that she needs to take a lunch with her.
I like to mix it up with a bit with what I include in a lunch box, otherwise it can get a bit boring. One item that is always included is a piece of fruit. At the moment Alice’s favourites are oranges and apples, with oranges being a relative new one that she has started to enjoy.
When I weaned both my girls the apples I used were pink lady’s and back then I would just buy the normal size apples. I have now discovered that you can buy PinKids Apples for children. They are the perfect size for little fingers and still have the same taste as their big sister the Pink Lady.
Of course the most obvious way to include an apple in a lunchbox is just pop it in on it’s own.
However, my little Alice doesn’t do easy options and she likes to have the skin taken off. Therefore I cut it into slices for her and then she can easy leave the skin part. I do find that by doing it this way most of the time she does eat it all, including the skin.
If your child likes it cut up too and you are worried about it going brown, here is a tip on how to stop this.
Use an apple chopper that segments the apple and removes the core. Once you’ve chopped it the apple segments hang by a thread and I then push the apple back together and wrap it in foil or cling film.
It’s nice to sometimes have a bit of a change and we like to have cheese with our apple, they go really well together and are another easy option for a lunchbox.
Over the summer we’ve had a lot of picnics either when we’ve been out or in our back garden. I like to take along some dips and Alice has been getting more adventurous with her food as she gets older. Plus she likes to try what mummy is eating, always a bonus for getting them to try new foods. So, we’ve been taking out some humous with us in a little pot and that has been a big hit.
I love trying to find new ways to make lunch boxes interesting…Do you have any great ideas to share, I would love to hear them?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with PinKids