Mum asked our fans what they thought of her first ever kinder lunch box and she received some great responses.
Sharing a picture of the lunchbox, she asked, “Is this OK?
“My son has just started ‘big’ school and this is the first time I’m making lunchboxes (daycare provided food).
“I have no idea if I’m giving him the right things in his lunchbox. Please be honest (but kind) with your suggestions – I really want to learn from more experienced mums and make sure I’m giving my boy a good lunch. I would love to see pics of your lunchboxes for ideas.”
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Our mums were super helpful with their responses.
One mum suggested maybe popping in some veggies too – “Some veggies are needed. Try and add at least once serve in their lunchbox, for example: some cherry tomatoes, salad in a roll or a wrap, carrot sticks, cucumber slices etc.”
Another suggested – “Try to avoid processed foods as this keeps sugars and additives to a minimum. This helps with concentration and lessens behaviour issues. Not using packaged foods also makes lunch cheaper, more nutritious and more filling. Also try to balance carbs, protein and good fats. To help me out with the morning rush I pre-bake the savoury slices/muffins/snacks then cut into lunchbox sized portions and freeze them. I send water instead of juice. Juice is high in sugar and missing the fibre component of whole fruit.”
Another said, ” Maybe a sandwich/wrap. And more fruit/veg would my suggestion. There seems to be alot of snack type food instead of energy food.”
Another suggested, “If it’s what your kid will eat then it’s perfect. You’ll always get some judgey mums out there but not me!
Only thing I would say is at my kids schools/preschool they’re only allowed to drink water so you might want to swap juice for water. But your school might have different rules.”
We loved this comment – “My kind advice: just put in food that you know your child will eat. When I started out making my child’s lunch, I thought I was doing the best by packing these types of things and found he was not interested in eating them. So he now has a jam sandwich and some small cucumbers! Lastly, schools try and teach their young students about plastic waste and encourage eating food that does not come wrapped in plastic. So now that is what we do, I personally think this is a bigger lesson here to teach young kids. But as a mum, you can not go wrong, you will always make the best choices for YOUR child.”
Another said, “Feed your child what you know he or she will eat, yes yes healthy is best but a child that eats something is better than a starving child. If lunch box comes home empty high 5 to you. As a mum of 5 stop putting so much pressure on ourselves, as long as they eat.”
Many mums suggested swapping the juice for water which is a great idea and also swapping the rice sticks for something more filling like a sandwich or wrap.
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