I just ran a startling calculation.
With 5 kids, I’ve now made over 3,500 school lunches!
Umm… that’s a lotta lunches.
I’m no expert, but surely us parents (& kids if they’re helping!) deserve some cred.
School lunches are such an important part of our kid’s daily nutrition.
At school, they need protein to keep their brains firing, healthy fats to satiate, solid energy foods, and some fresh fruit & veg.
But yeah… as we all know, it’s pretty rare for school lunches to contain all that goodness.
I get it.
Mornings are crazy enough without making whole-food based lunches.
“Who has time for that?!” is easy to think.
But once I got into a habit of whole-fooding lunches and ditching packet-foods, it really wasn’t hard.
Like anything, there’s a learning curve, and then it’s second nature!
If you want some fresh ideas and recipes for school lunches, scroll on.
I’m proud to be an Ambassador for No Packet November!
No Packet November is a movement which encourages families to pack real food in lunches, and reduce their consumption of packaged food for one month. Packaged foods are usually rubbish on the outside, and rubbish on the inside 😉
And as my fellow-Ambassador Belinda Smith of The Root Cause put it, to make a stand against the billion-dollar food manufacturers that are making us sick. Not only are the many packet foods on our supermarket shelf contributing to many of today’s illnesses, they are also having a negative impact on the environment – the world in which our kids are growing up in. You can read about the scale of lunchbox rubbish here.
We’d love to see Aussie students going to school with one less packet-food than usual every day in November.
Here’s some ideas:
We have a lunch box ‘formula’ we loosely follow around here.
It helps the kids (or Jordan / me) take charge of their lunches easily.
It sits on the fridge and lists ideas for each category of food we ideally want in the lunch box each day.
1 x fruit
1 x vegetable
1 x protein food
1 x healthy fat food
1 x good energy food
1 x healthy treat
(and ideally, 1 x gut-lovin’ food)
*Often one food contains more than one of those things above. A smoothie for example can cover almost all of the above all at once!
You don’t need to be making a tonne of recipes!
Simple, simple, simple is always best.
Here’s a few ideas.
The easiest one ever.
– Vege sticks are my go-to. I said we keep it simple 😉
– Boiled eggs
– Avocado in smoothie or guacamole dip with corn chips
Good Energy Food:
– Wholegrain bread
– Popcorn (use the good stuff popped in the saucepan. It’s our 9-year-old’s speciality)
– Anything made with this banana flour (soooo good for the gut)
– Tiger nuts (if your kids like them. Half of mine do!)
– Hide some sauerkraut in their salad / sushi / dip
I’ll usually whip up a recipe for lunches once a week or so.
Here’s some of my favourite recipes, as well as a few killer resources to help out:
Hope that helps guys!