School lunch boxes can be filled with good quality bread, a pack of rice or corn crackers topped with peanut butter, cheese, roast beef, slices of chicken or turkey. Cut up some cucumber, red pepper (paprika) or carrots to go with their lunch or as a snack in the morning. Try not to give the so called healthy energy bars, muesli bars or biscuits – again, I suggest you to check the added sugars before buying one. Don’t mind the brand as the A listed brands usually scream the loudest stating we are eating only healthy stuff. Just use your common sense and go for the least added sugars if you still want to get them. It’s OK.
During the week in work I don’t eat as much bread as I take my last night’s dinner for lunch. I have now learned that bread is not my kind of lunch. Warm meals or a salad with chicken, beef or turkey with or without nuts keep me going till the end of the working day and the least cravings for snacks.
Cut, slice or dice some fruit and veg to serve as a snack. Any kind! Let your child choose which ones they would like to try. Make it fun. Nuts, raisins or mulberries are also a healthy option and soooo cute when eaten by little fingers.
And then we bake. Yes, we bake our own brownies, chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, carrot cakes or muffins. The advantage of baking yourself is you can choose your own kind of flour, baking powder and added sugars. Plus here is where we involve our child and have some quality time, so pick a day and time where you have all the time in the world. If this is not feasible, search for a recipe which will take you max. 15 min. preparations time. And yes, it will get messy. But seriously, who cares?! It’s too late now any way… you have a child and we teach them how we clean up our own mess. Trust me – you’ll thank me later. Or at least think of me.
Freeze your baking in and take out what you need when it’s snack time – in school or work. Or serve it for guests or colleagues.