“It’s boring”, “There’s nothing to pack”, “Why can’t I have a bag of chips?” are common squawks from our much loved nestlings.
Anna Huddy, Healthy Children’s Initiative Coordinator from Northern NSW Local Health District, has a couple of ideas that might tone down the peeping.
“First, keep it cool and not just with an ice brick,” Anna Huddy said.
Anna suggests the following the Lunchbox Rules are as easy as 1 + 2 + 3 + water.“You need to have a clear idea in your head of what’s going to happen and you’ll be ready to counter the building pressure to pack rubbish.”
One – Pack a sandwich, wrap, roll or leftover.
Sandwiches can be boring – liven it up with different types of breads, rolls and wraps that can be stored in the freezer. Vary the fillings with cold meat, cheese, egg, lettuce, grated carrot, coleslaw or other salads. Or pack leftovers like fried rice or pasta salad.
Two – Put in a vegetable or fruit snack.
Produce in season is cheaper and at its peak. Fresh or canned, whole or pieces of carrot, snow peas, strawberries or apple, it doesn’t matter as long as they are getting some fruit and vegetables. Use small plastic containers for cut up fruit or salad.
Three – Add a couple of healthy snacks.
Variety and interest can be created with snacks like popcorn, low fat fruit yoghurt, a cheese slice and plain biscuits, or go all out with a small sushi or banana bread.
Just keep humming 1 + 2 + 3 + water and it will all fall into place and into the lunchbox!