by Rebecca Lee
When I began writing this piece, it was all cutesy shaped sandwiches and fancy rice balls.
And then an article in the Herald Sun told us “What parents don’t realise is that the kid with the cat shaped sandwich is always the last one to finish, because they’re too busy playing with their food instead of eating it. Lunch needs to be fast and simple. Just give them a plain square sambo and a piece of fruit that’s quick to eat — then it leaves enough time for kids to play with their friends.”
Some parents argue that they just don’t have time to commit to intricate little morsels, whilst others agree that making kids lunch fun is more enticing to the little critters.
No matter which camp you are in, no doubt we all agree that Fed is Best.. preferably healthy but then again, we are all human! Hungry tummies are neither happy nor productive.
So with that in mind, here are the Top Tips for speedy, kid friendly lunches… and a special offer from Munchbox!
Make the freezer your friend:
Batch cook and freeze muffins or sliced loaves (eg banana bread or zucchini slice) in individual portions to grab quickly of a morning
Love a breakfast smoothie? Chop up and freeze seasonal fruit and vegetables in single sized portions in snaplock bags. On the front, write the liquid to be added. Of a morning, toss the contents of the bag into your blender along with 100mL of liquid and blend!
Smoothies can also be frozen in reusable yoghurt pouches for yummy morning snack and also doubles as a cooler for the rest of the items
Skewer your kids favorite pizza ingredients on toothpicks for kebabs (try tomato, mozzarella, pineapple, and ham)
Make ahead trail mix makes for a quick and crunchy snack from Super Food Ideas Feb 2011:
Combine 1/2 cup each of sunflower seeds, sultanas, banana chips and chopped dried pineapple
Combine 1 cup mini pretzels with 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Combine 1/2 cup each of Cheerios cereal, chopped dried apricots, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and chopped dried apple
For the Bento box crowd- follow Lunchbox Dad on Facebook for loads of creative ideas for boys and girls! Check out how to make a Spiderman or even Star Wars themed lunch!
There are some great lunchboxes on the market, with all sorts of insulated pouches and leakproof compartments including these which have a special silicone seal so that liquidy lunches don’t leak!