BACK TO SCHOOL with Crafty Kids’ Lunchboxes: How to Ensure they Eat Well when Out and About
Today, I want to share with you a clever way to organise kids’ lunchboxes for school, picnics and day trips: my FREE kids’ lunchbox printable.
I’ve had this list pinned up in my kitchen for a while now. That’s right, I’m a “lister”. I have lists and planners for every occasion. And I have recently started the “great lunch debate” with my eldest and discovered, pretty quickly, that there’s a right and wrong way to do lunch. No, not for the school, but for him! Suddenly, our regular lunchtime food just wasn’t good enough. He wanted variation, he wanted excitement.
He. Wanted. More.
So, one morning, I sat down at the kitchen table and wrote a list of everything he loves eating. Not just tolerates, loves. He’s not yet old enough to have worked out that if he trades his lunch, or simply throws it away, I’ll be none the wiser, but I’m sure that day will come sooner than I realise. But, even so, I want to know that he is eating all the food I give him without having to check up on him.
Also, as all you mums will recognise, there’s always a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that he’s not getting a balanced diet of the right kinds of food. My son, if I let him, would exist solely on a diet of chicken nuggets and cucumber – but not on my watch!
So, I created a handy checklist for kids’ lunchboxes to make sure his diet is both exciting (for him) and balanced (for me). Now, I can quickly put a lunchbox together and rest easy that everyone is happy.
My checklist steers clear of sandwiches (far too dull for us!) and instead focuses on some more unusual items – things that you might not have considered including in kids’ lunchboxes. Take a look below, use it as a guide and have a go at writing your own, or simply print off the FREE PRINTABLE. Everything can be eaten cold and the whole lot is designed to need very little prep, if any. It’s divided into Proteins, Breads, Fruit, Veg, Nibbles and Treats; just pick one from each category every day!
Let’s be honest, you could definitely buy all of the items on my Lunchbox Printable from the supermarket. We’ve all done it. But, where I can, I like to make the items from scratch, so that the processed foods (shop – bought pizza, flapjacks, scones etc.) don’t get a look in. And what’s even better is that my son now helps me out in the kitchen, making many of the items that he will be eating himself. Isn’t that great?!
In the third post in this series, I will introduce you to some brilliant recipes to replace some of these items with your own, homemade versions. They’re all really quick and easy to make and it guarantees that everything gets eaten because the kids are invested from the start. Of course, everything has six ingredients or fewer, as well. But first…
Next Time: Keeping Track
My next post will include another free printable: a fantastic Lunch Planner that helps you keep track of the items you have chosen for lunch each day so you never repeat an item in a week. Use the two printables together in tandem to make kids’ lunch prep a breeze!
So, before you move on, why not download this week’s printable and make a start on your own crafty lunchboxes? I’d love to hear from you and learn how you’re using the list.