Anyone with kids will know how challenging it can be coming up with new ideas to fill their lunch boxes. As parents we are very conscious of how much sugar our kids are eating, not to mention more and more schools are banning single use plastic.
We want our children to be eating a varied diet and be excited by all the right food. There are so many convenient options out there these days for lunch boxes but most of them are full of sugar, preservatives and additives.
Here are a few of our favourite things:
- Wraps: So versatile and a great change up from sandwiches. Try fillings such as; marmite and cheese - a kiwi classic, leftover roast chicken with mayonnaise and sliced avocado, cream cheese with ham and lettuce or use them to create quesadillas.
- Veggies: We know what you're thinking but if you add a dipping sauce the kids are sure to love them. Such as humous, sour cream mixed with basil pesto, smooth peanut butter or natural unsweetened yoghurt mixed with a little sweet chilli sauce.
- Fritters: Who doesn't love a 'savoury pancake'. You can get so creative with fritters and add all kinds of veggies. We love creamed sweetcorn, spring onion and cheese or halloumi with grated courgette.
- Pancakes: Make a batch, they last a couple of days in the fridge in an airtight container. Try adding mashed banana and cinnamon to the batter before cooking.
A few tips to avoid excess plastic...
- Although mini bags are convenient they are not environmentally friendly. Instead try buying large packets of things like chips, pretzels, dried fruit, nuts, crackers etc and add a handful directly to the lunchbox or a small reusable container.
- Pop your own popcorn at home, it lasts a week in a clip container (It never lasts a week in our household).
- Use honey wraps instead of cling film for things like sandwiches, cheese, wraps etc.
Our Mini Bites are the perfect addition to any lunchbox. Not only are they delicious, they have NO refined sugar, salt or preservatives AND they don't come wrapped in plastic. A parenting win.