When we 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.
Luckily, most school mama’s will tell you that once you find your child favourites, they’ll probably want those same items every day for months! And if it ain’t broke…
So with that in mind, here are the top tips for speedy, kid-friendly lunches:
Batch cook and freeze muffins or sliced loaves (eg banana bread, zucchini slice or this favourite veggie muffin) in individual portions to grab quickly of a morning. They will also double as a cooler for the rest of the items.
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! Pour into a thermal drink bottle or reusable yoghurt pouch
Skewer your kids favourite pizza ingredients on toothpicks for kebabs (try tomato, mozzarella, pineapple, and ham)
Try these homemade trail mixes:
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
- Leftovers such as boiled eggs, corn, chicken schnitzel, meatballs, sausages, pesto pasta
- Pantry/fridge staples such as cheese and crackers, olives, carrots (no need to cut them mama’s!)
- Date & oat balls, frozen mango pieces, popcorn, yoghurt
- Anything from Bakers Delight!!
We hope this provided some inspiration. What are your kids fave lunches? Let us know!