Help Me! Lunchbox ideas

(Cute Flower Lunchbox by Lisa Storms)

Hello friend!

Today, I was wondering if you could help me?

Ava will be starting school in three months (less than a term away now!) and to be quite honest, the idea of packing her a nutritious school lunch that she will also enjoy has me a little frazzled.

Does that seem odd?  I know I’ve been packing her lunchbox for kindy for almost two years, so I should be pretty good at it now.  However, most days most of it comes home untouched.  Now that she’s about to start ‘Big School’ I feel duty-bound to deliver… and I am feeling the pressure.

Ava’s school does three meals – brain food (don’t ask!), morning tea and lunchtime.  Now, all you experienced Mamas out there, tell me…

  • Do I use two separate lunchboxes for morning tea and lunch as we do for kindy?
  • What are your children’s all-time favourite lunchbox fillers?
  • What sort of components do you include in the lunchbox… sandwich, fruit, vegetable, piece of protein, baked item – is there a rule or ratio that I’m meant to use?
  • Am I just making this all too difficult?

OK… I realise I probably sound slightly neurotic.  That’s ok.  I am slightly neurotic.  But I would love for you to share your beloved lunchbox formulas and recipes and any other helpful tips!

I’ve just started a pinterest board called ‘Lunchbox ideas‘ (original, I know!) and I was thinking I would open it up as a shared board for anyone who might like to add pins.  If you’re interested, put your pinterest username in the comments below and I’ll send you an invite (or you can email me)… and fingers crossed we’ll all soon have lunchbox planning mastered!!

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4 Responses to “Help Me! Lunchbox ideas”

  1. July 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm, Phoebe said:

    Can’t some foods do double duty? Mum always baked egg rich stuff for lunch boxes because of them protein in eggs. Double good if they are fruit muffins!


    • August 02, 2012 at 8:37 pm, Hana said:

      Hey Pheebs – yes of course – I never thought of baking that way!! I must admit I throw chocolate chips into almost all my baking as it almost guarantees it gets eaten – even if I’ve thrown all sorts of other ‘good’ stuff in there too!

      H xo


  2. July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm, Lesley Webb said:

    Making the lunches is the least favourite part of my morning too. But needs must… I highly recommend a Tupperware sectional lunchbox or similar (gives me direction as to what and how much to pack). Brainfood is great! Piece of fruit or vege in a small container or a bobby banana is just right. Morning tea and lunch is in the same lunchbox (keeps it simple and allows kids to choose what they eat from their selection – teacher often checks what they’re eating – ie. sandwich first at lunchtime). I tend to fill up Carly’s lunchbox – about a third comes back, but usually gets eaten in the car on the way home! She’s famished after school – the call of the playground often means lunch is abandoned (despite 10 mins of supervised eating!). I keep the food fairly easy – couple of bikkies or a muesli bar, some chippies or crackers, a sandwich, dried fruit, salami stick, hunk of cheese, some baking – variations on that, but the sandwich or roll is the staple. Also I find there are weeks where hardly anything is eaten, and other times when it’s all polished off. You never can tell. Oh – and on the last day of the month I let her have a lunch order – much excitement. Sorry about the novel, but it’s a constant source of dilemma for me too. But there are no complaints, so I don’t know why I worry! When Ava does her school visits, have a good nosey in the other kids lunch boxes, and in the brain-food box.


    • August 02, 2012 at 8:40 pm, Hana said:

      Hi Lesley,
      Wow – super helpful ideas – thank you! I will definitely have a nosey when we do our school visits – it’s always interesting to see what other parents chuck in there!!

      H xo


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