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