Tomorrow the Little Sister starts kindy. I've been through this once before, but that's no guarantee I won't shed a tear as I walk out the gate tomorrow morning.
The first day of kindy (and school on Wednesday) means a return to routine and to packing school lunches. So (after a few requests from readers) here's a few lunch box ideas that might just get eaten!
When I pack the girls' lunches I use a simple formula:
1 protein + 1 dairy + 1 fruit + 2 veggies + 1 sweet treat = lunch box
Not calculus, but it's a good rule of thumb for making sure that the lunches I pack are fuel for learning.
Lunch box ideas to fuel learning:
- sandwiches with protein fillings - ham, chicken, tuna, eggs, cheese
- wraps with protein fillings - ham, chicken, tuna, eggs, cheese
- baked beans
- savoury muffins
- mini quiches
- bacon and cheese wheels
- hard boiled eggs
- yoghurt (frozen or to be eaten at first break)
- cheese sticks. The pre-packaged sticks can be expensive, but you can cut your own from a block of cheese and wrap them in foil. They keep for a week in the fridge, so I do a week's worth on Monday morning.
- bananas. Bananas don't fit into many lunch boxes. I pack them separately and label them (or write a 'secret' message in the skin) using a skewer. The air reacts with the peel and your writing becomes visible after a few minutes.
- mini pears
- snow peas
- cucumbers (and mini cucumbers for novelty)
- cherry tomatoes
- carrot sticks (cooked if your day care doesn't allow raw carrots)
- rice crackers
- dry cereal
- nut bars (if your school allows nuts)
- muesli bars
- trail mix (choose a seeds only option for nut-free schools)
I'll be thinking of all the mums farewelling their babies tomorrow. I hope you find someone to give you a cuddle and hand you a cuppa. The time flies between drop off and pick up, I promise. x
a question for the seasoned lunch box packers:
what do your kids eat first?
what always comes home uneaten?