If you’re anything like me, the school holidays aren’t just a break for the kids, they’re also a break for the parents – especially when it comes to thinking about school lunches.
But now they’ve gone back to school and this has got me thinking that I really need to make more of an effort with their lunches. More than that, I really want to add more dairy to their diet, especially after reading recent reports.
I was staggered to read that more than two out of three children aged between 9 and 16 are not meeting the Australian Dietary Guidelines for dairy intake, which could jeopardise bone development. It got me questioning my own habits when it came to my children’s lunchbox and after school snacks.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to make a watermelon into a waterfall or carve Mickey Mouse’s face into a sandwich each morning. But that said, it should be more than slapping a jam sandwich, an apple and a snack into a lunch box and sending them on their way.
As parents, we are constantly trying to keep it interesting for them, and we are also trying to remind our children when they sit down and eat their lunch that Mum and Dad were thinking of them this morning and that they are thinking of them now.
But how can we make school lunches fun but also realistic?
Behold – five fun lunchbox ideas that will have you sorted from Monday to Friday.
Sandwich sushi is like regular sushi but without the seaweed or rice. Sandwich sushi is the next best thing and so much fun. Simply cut the crusts off a piece of bread and then layer your child’s meat of choice, some DAIRYLEA CHEESY POPS (which are also handy as a snack just on their own in the lunchbox) and then add some salad and roll the bread up and cut into thirds. Stand them on their sides and pop them in their lunch box.
Tuesday is about making things in miniature and fun colours. When your child opens their lunch box, you want them to be mesmerised by the easy to handle, colourful finger food in front of them. Pop some green grapes into one tiny container, some sliced carrot into another, a DAIRYLEA FRIDGE STICK cut into mini bites for the colour yellow, mini toasts and some salami in another and your child will have a ball with their little feast.