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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  • I agree that picking something your kid will eat is vital.


  • I tend to agree that the lunch needs a wrap or sandwich or some more fruit / vege or even a yoghurt. But if the kid doesn’t eat any of that it’s a waste of time and money sending stuff they don’t eat


  • An excellent question. Unless you have a way or keeping food really cold some salads go soggy by lunch time, I heard only today about one with lettuce in it, The lettuce went slimy. Sliced tomato tends to make bread go soggy too. Some schools have shelves under verandahs that kids have to put their school bags in. Even in the shade they get hot in warm/hot weather. Some schools let the kids take their lunch boxes into the classroom with them. I know of one Mum who restricts what food her kids take to school during that weather……Some schools check the kids’ lunch boxes. There has comments on a different site. The particular children had wheat allergy and got tired of “special bread” sandwiches (to others the bread tastes horrible and dry) One Mum made vegetable muffins using a different flour to which her child isn’t allergic to. The Mum got a nasty note in the lunch box. One item of food was taken from the child. This special food is considerably more expensive than other food is.


  • some great responses and photos to her question – I second the rule – pack what you know your kids will eat, and everything in moderation. Otherwise you will end up wasting money and getting crabby or concerned about your kids eating habits if you pack things they won’t eat to fit in with the healthy eating and keeping up with the Jones’s in lunchbox food.

    Also keep in mind that they sometimes don’t have a lot of time to eat mainly because they want to go play with their friends, so I try to pack snacky foods and things they can take with them on the go to munch on.

    Also mine don’t eat sandwiches which is totally frustrating, so I aim for some vegies, some fruit, crackers, dip or cheese and of course something sweet.


  • Good on this mum to ask ideas. Not all kids eat sandwiches or a wrap so well, in which case crackers can be an alternative.i like to put something from every food group In the lunchbox: grains, protein, vegetables, fruit, diary.


  • I think the comments people gave were so fantastic. They didn’t attack but instead encouraged which is what this community should be all about helping parents instead of attacking one another


  • I would recommend adding a sandwich or wrap for a more filling option.


  • I’m sure her lunchboxes will improve as her kids grows up. I would definitely add a sandwich and remove those rice sticks. :-)


  • I would just add either a sandwich or a pasta salad with veggies


  • I do think a sandwich or veggie sticks is definitely the go, otherwise its fine


  • Nice to see people making helpful and kind suggestions definitely should be more of it.


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