10 Kids Lunch Box Ideas For Spring

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One week back at school and already I am a bit over the school lunch boxes thing! I have to admit, that this is not my most favourite job in the world. Trying to find a balance of healthy variety that they will actually eat can get a bit monotonous.

In a post at the start of the year on my lunch box packing process, I explained the template system that I use. This is basically that I include 6/7 items from predetermined categories of food to complete the kids lunch boxes.

There are however other items that I would like to include in the kids lunch boxes but don’t:

  • Yoghurt – The kids love yoghurt, but don’t like eating it at school.
  • Cheese – As above. This is a real shame, as cheese is great to eat as the last item in the lunch box because it helps negate the impact of sugars in their food on their teeth.
  • Nuts – Our school is a nut free zone.
  • Particular fruits – Like pears, apricots, which the kids like, but think that they go too squishy in their lunch boxes.
  • Seeds – like pumpkin and sunflower seeds. As much as I have tried, they just won’t go there with me on this one.

Does this list make my kids the fussiest ones around????

Anyway, I thought I would trial a couple of weekly rotations for the school lunch boxes and have the items for the weekly fruit and veg shopping lists itemised. The idea behind this is if I can take the thinking part of the lunch box process and just follow my list, I think it will be less of a chore. Also it has the added bonus of making it easy to hand over for someone else to do……………!

Shopping List 1 – Based on early spring seasonal fruit and veg

These are the extra items that will need to be added to the shopping list. Naturally we buy significant extra fruit on top of this (we actually go through about 60 – 70 apples a week!!!), but these are the minimum base requirement to stock the lunch boxes only:

  • 5 bananas (cake)
  • 15 apples
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 punnet strawberries
  • 1/2 small watermelon
  • 3 oranges
  • Approx 18 beans
  • Approx 36 snow peas


Monday
Core Lunch Item Salad sandwich – (actually just grated carrot and lettuce!)
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Carrot
Fruit Pieces Strawberries
Homebaked Treat Banana Cake
Crackers* Water Crackers
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain


Tuesday
Core Lunch Item Vegemite Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Snow Peas
Fruit Pieces Watermelon
Homebaked Treat Banana Cake
Crackers* Cruskits
Dry Cereal** Mini Wheats


Wednessday
Core Lunch Item Rice Cakes (usually just vegemite and butter)
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Green Beans
Fruit Pieces Strawberries
Homebaked Treat Banana Cake
Crackers* Water Crackers
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain


Thursday
Core Lunch Item Ham Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Carrot
Fruit Pieces Watermelon
Homebaked Treat Banana Cake
Crackers* Cruskits
Dry Cereal** Mini Wheats


Friday
Core Lunch Item Salad Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Snow Peas
Fruit Pieces Orange
Homebaked Treat Banana Cake
Crackers* Water Crackers
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain

* & ** – only the eldest child will actually have both these items, as he eats more than the others. The younger two will have one or the other, not both.

Shopping List 2 – Based on later spring seasonal fruit and veg

  • 15 apples
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 rockmelon
  • 6 oranges
  • 1/2 honeydew
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes


Monday
Core Lunch Item Salad sandwich (Grated carrot and lettuce)
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Pieces Rock Melon
Homebaked Treat 2 x 100s of biscuits
Crackers* Vita Wheats
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain


Tuesday
Core Lunch Item Vegemite Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Cucumber
Fruit Pieces Honey Dew
Homebaked Treat 2 x 100s of biscuits
Crackers* Water Crackers
Dry Cereal** Mini Wheats


Wednessday
Core Lunch Item Rice Cakes (usually just vegemite and butter)
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Carrot
Fruit Pieces Orange
Homebaked Treat 2 x 100s of biscuits
Crackers* Vita Wheats
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain


Thursday
Core Lunch Item Ham Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Cherry Tomatoes
Fruit Pieces Rockmelon
Homebaked Treat 2 x 100s of biscuits
Crackers* Water Crackers
Dry Cereal** Mini Wheats


Friday
Core Lunch Item Salad Sandwich
Whole Fruit Apple
Veg Sticks Cucumber
Fruit Pieces Orange
Homebaked Treat 2 x 100s of biscuits
Crackers* Vita Wheats
Dry Cereal** Weet Bix Crunch Multi Grain

I am starting this idea this week, so it will be interesting to see if it makes the lunch box process and fruit and veg shopping easier. I will let you know how it goes! What do you do to make the lunch box process as easy as possible?

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Comments

  1. Carol says

    I’ve been interested in bento-style lunches for some time now but I’ve found children’s bento boxes limiting unless one is really using Japanese compact foods to fill them. That’s when I turned to the Laptop Lunchbox. Something about having dedicated containers that go together and are intended only for the system helps keep me organized. Also, it’s somehow even fun when you see it as a creative challenge to think of healthy and attractive food to fill the containers.
    Even if you don’t use their system per se their website (www.laptoplunches.com) has lots of useful tips for packing healthy lunches.
    I love reading your ideas and seeing how you plan, too. I’m hoping that our Chinese American daughter might take a fancy to Vegemite sandwiches. I tried once when she was 3 but will give it another go now that she’s a bit older.
    Bon appetit!
    Carol

  2. says

    I love your ideas, thanks Nicole! Can’t wait to ‘borrow’ them next year. Thank you for making my introduction to school life so much easier!

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