It’s almost back-to-school time already?! Where did the time go?
With the last minute rush of making sure you and the kids have everything you need for the first day, the last thing you need to be worrying about is what to pack for lunches.
That’s why we’ve have rounded up a few tips, tricks, and ideas to get help make sure you’re ready! From healthy treats and easy snacks, getting kids to actually eat their lunch, and what lunch products to use, we’ve got you covered! Make sure you read until the end for a few bonus recipes!
GETTING KIDS TO EAT THEIR SCHOOL LUNCH
Here are a tips on getting your kids to eat their school lunch:
1. Talk to them and figure out what types of food they like.
2. Get them involved. I like to have my kid help make lunch, or even do it on their own. He loves the Crunchbox, the compartments are great in guiding them with packing.
3. Pack a Treat. I always pack a small treat with lunch to encourage them to finish.
4. Add a touch of love. The new Pocket Hemp Fibre Crunchcase (great for kids and adults alike) has the perfect little love pouch where you can add in a cute or funny little note.
5. Don’t stress. The start of school brings all sorts of changes for kids, so don’t stress out. It takes some time to get into a good routine.
SCHOOL LUNCH SUPPLIES
Up your lunch game or pack a mean picnic with this extensive range of lunchboxes, food containers, bags and utensils, coming in all shapes and sizes to satisfy every appetite.
Our Seed & Sprout lunch boxes are perfectly designed to end your lunch packing woes. Whatever you need to cover you for a whole day's worth of meals and snacks, we've got it for you.
We're all in this eco journey together, and we have a number of perfect, stylish, and functional lunch bags to carry to lunch!
Teach your kids to say NO THANKS to single-use water bottles or plastic straws with our beautiful and highly functional drinkware collection.
I just love the feel of a plastic fork, said NO-ONE EVER! Try our Travel Utensil Pouch or our Bamboo Travel Utensil Pouch. These beautiful-looking, hard-working set that replaces all that nastiness. And it takes the "how will I remember to bring it?" headache out of the scenario by fitting all pieces into a quality, organic cotton pouch.
These small yet devious pots will efficiently contain your leakier foodstuffs, thanks to their tough, tight-fitting silicone lids (that are still surprisingly easy to get off, even for small fingers).
Good for keeping crackers safe from their dips and salads crunchy and free of dressing until meal time.
Great for picky eaters who don't like things mixing or touching (we feel you). Perfect to bake and take. Colour matched in the Seed & Sprout sage green to go with our 2 Pot Set so you'll be super stylish and oh-so eco.
Food allergies are no joke...did you know that food allergies occur in around 10% of infants, 4-8% of children, and about 2% of adults in Australia and New Zealand. The most common triggers are egg, cow's milk, peanut, tree nuts, sesame, soy, fish, shellfish, and wheat.
These sew or iron-on allergy patches can be applied to lunch bags, tote bags and backpacks to easily communicate which allergy you or your child has.
BONUS: EASY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS (VEGAN)
Here are 3 easy recipes to try:
Warm Cinnamon Apple Crisps
These Warm Cinnamon Apple Chips were a crazy favourite of mine and are so easy to make!
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 94 degrees Celsius.
Thinly slice the apples. On a greased baking sheet, Arrange apple slices so they aren't overlapping.
In small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of apple chips.
Bake on the top rack of your oven for 2 hours until chips are dry and crisp.
Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days to stay crispy.
Apples are not the only fruit or veg you can turn into crisps! Try making Kale Crisps or Sweet Potato Crisps! YUM!
Chickpea Tuna Sandwich (Vegan)
This Chickpea Tuna Sandwich is just like your favourite tuna sandwich, veganised! It’s loaded with so much flavour, is perfect for on the go meals and is SO delicious!
1 15 oz. can chickpeas or roughly 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 cup vegan mayo
2 tablespoons red onion, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley or dill
1/4 cup finely chopped pickles or relish
Squeeze of a lime
½ teaspoon old bay seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon capers
Add all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse a few times until combined. You don’t want it too mushy but you want to break down the chickpeas and incorporate all the ingredients, so about 5 pulses (depending on your food processor - see video for reference).
Scrape down with your spatula and taste and adjust seasonings to your liking, pulsing again like once or twice to combine.
Serve in a lettuce wrap, or in a sandwich as above, or on crackers or however you desire. If you're making a sandwich, I like to serve it on toasted bread with lettuce, onions and tomatoes. Enjoy!
BONUS SNACK LIST:
- dried fruit
- dry cereal
- muffin or healthy breakfast type cookie
- raw treats like bars or balls
- freeze dried fruit
- crispy chickpeas
- fruit of any kind, we do whatever fruit is in season
- zucchini & yellow squash, cut into sticks or rounds
- green beans