Put a bit of love in a lunchbox – it’s cheap and fun!

love in a lunchbox - healthy

We all know that fancy food in lunchboxes doesn’t always get eaten . . . usually it’s the simple food that kids like best, and it’s generally the cheapest to pack too. Yoghurt, colourful fruit and vege sticks, popcorn and wraps always seem to be a hit with little kids. Here at Boxi, we’ve noticed that our kids are more likely to eat their lunch if it’s cut up - a little bit of extra time prepping the food, but it’s worth it when the lunchbox comes home empty (or at least semi-empty!

The Australian Broadcasting Networking has a great story comparing the price between different lunch boxes and it’s easy to see that healthy lunchboxes can be cheap and fun to pack.

You can pack a healthy lunchbox for as little as $2.50* with some forward-thinking and  preparation… That’s a saving of $30 a week compared to a lunchbox filled with packaged food. We know what you’re thinking. . .  “but what’s easy and healthy that my kids will eat?”. Here’s some inspiration for you:

  • Cherry tomatoes and cucumber
  • Carrot & celery sticks with hummus (you can pre-cut the veges and store in containers of water in the fridge)
  • Home-popped popcorn
  • Dried fruit mix (Aldi has some great mixes with yoghurt buttons)
  • Home-made bliss balls and snack bars (check out Wholefood Simply)
  • Chicken & avocado wrap
  • Cheese & crackers
  • Egg & zucchini slice (you can use any veges really, and it freezes well!)
  • In-season fruit
  • Corn fritters
  • Homemade Pasta salad
  • Meatballs
  • Boiled eggs
  • Corn on the cob

 

So start planning your lunchboxes for the week and do some pre-prep on Sunday’s so the mornings aren’t too stressful.

*Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-01/love-in-a-lunch-box-promotes-cheap-healthy-eating/9816300

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