The key to less stress and less overwhelm is organisation. A little effort initially, to create some new habits, will see putting together lunch boxes a breeze. If you are able to start these habits when your children are young, by the time they reach high school they will be putting together their own nutritious lunches, simply out of habit, making your life a whole lot simpler as well.
If, like me, you have children in high school who often don’t eat between breakfast and when I collect them from school, ensuring they have a sustaining, nutritious breakfast is essential. Choosing a cooked breakfast is fantastic if you can manage it, otherwise a pre-prepared chia puddings or a smoothie can do the job well. I still ensure my gang have lunch to take with them however, it is often not eaten until they are in the car on the way home.
Falling victim to the ease of packet style lunches, that are inevitably devoid of nutrition, has become a trap that we need avoid. Not only will this be of benefit to the health of your children, but the avoidance of packaging will also make for a healthier environment.
A great tip for being able to quickly put together a lunch box is to invest time in some preparation. Chop and wash all your vegetables ready for ease of use.
In addition to the vegetable preparation you can also cook some chicken, meat balls or sausages, these then go in the fridge to add to lunch boxes. With the protein and veg sorted, you might add additional fruit, yogurt, nuts, homemade muffins, and/or homemade organic popcorn. I also like to include homemade dips to keep those veggies going in! Try Guacamole and Roasted Beetroot as a great starting point. Ensuring your child’s lunch has a focus on protein and health natural fats, you will be protecting them from the dreaded afternoon slump and ensuring maximum energy availability to see them through the rest of the day.