“Please be empty. Please be empty. Please be empty. PLEASE be empty!”
It’s 3.30pm on any given school day. I’ve picked the kids up. We’ve driven home. They’ve brought their school bags inside and placed their lunch boxes on the kitchen bench for me to rinse out and refill for the following day.
I have only ONE wish.
That the lunch boxes that I am about to open have been emptied of all the delicious and nutritious food that was sent to school with the kids that morning. And when I say “emptied”, I mean that the kids have eaten everything, not tossed it in the bin! I don’t want to see sandwich crusts. I don’t want to see brown apple pieces. I don’t want to see half a slice of cheese or the remnants of a muesli bar. No. What I want to see is NOTHING.
No. Such. Luck.
Most of what was inside hasn’t been touched. At all. The remaining contents have been sampled, and then rejected. Oh, but of course the ‘treat’ I threw in has completely disappeared. Typical.
I made all this for you. And you only ate the olive and nibbled the cheese. via GIPHY
I guess it’s time to say that the above was written by the ‘old’ me. The me before I sat down one night with my hubby and decided to make a plan. I couldn’t face another day of food-rejection and chucking out and wasting any more lunch box contents. I was DONE.
The list of ‘lunch box tips’ below were put into practice with my two kids over the second half of last year and let me tell you, THEY WORK. They REALLY, REALLY WORK. They’re practical and simple. They don’t involve spending a million dollars on bits and bobs, and the bottom line is the kids’ lunchboxes seriously come back empty! Don’t believe me? Try them yourself.
1) Go bento!
Bento or compartmentalised lunch boxes work a treat with kids of all ages. They can wrap their little heads around what’s on offer with one glance and nothing seems too overwhelming because everything is portioned or cut to fit within the section of the lunchbox that it’s sitting in. They also allow you to provide a healthy variety of food for the child as there are often up to five or six divisions within the one box.