Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lunchbox ideas for children: revisited

Following one from my last lunchbox post here, I wanted to share a few more ideas for a "healthy" lunchbox in time for school going back this week. When packing a lunchbox, always try to keep in mind the macronutrient balance - protein, carbs and fat - each are essential at each meal....even snack time.

Healthy fats such as grass fed butter and cream and coconut oil are a must and super nourishing. For a little more on why it is best not to consume vegetable oils (such as those in margarine) read here.

Lunchbox tins we use frequently:
set of three nesting stainless steel tins
set of three mini stainless steel tins
lunchbots stainless steel tins
reusable snack bags OR make your own using my tutorial here 

A few more ideas following my initial post here:

zucchini, potato & parmasen savory muffins - make a batch and freeze, ready for the week

- a grain free muffin - my recipe here for grain free blueberry cakes

- kalamata olives.....always check that they are in olive oil and not vegetable oils, I like these.

- chopped up beetroot.....to prepare: peel and gently boil in filtered water, apple cider vinegar and a little honey until tender.....then store in a jar in the fridge in the cooking juices. Yummy with some goats cheese or ricotta.

- a few coconut, macadamia & butter balls (if nuts are allowed)

- for a treat perhaps a cocoa crunch ball (again, if nuts are allowed - could replace the nuts with shredded coconut)

- some coconut flakes (see here)

- a tablespoon of sauerkraut (if your children will eat it.....some love it, others don't)

- home made popcorn.......to prepare: pop on the stove in a little coconut oil, and toss in melted butter and sea salt once popped. Pack into a little reusable snack bag (bought or handmade per above).......beats store bought anyday!

What are favourites in your home? Do you do any lunchbox prep the night/ day before?


  1. I'd be so pleased with all of that for lunch! Kellie xx

  2. natalie you are just a gem ... this has given me so much more inspiration and cant wait to try some of your delicious suggestions. you need to write a kids book on food!!!

  3. i just checked out your tutorial for the snack bags. now on my to do list. i am guessing you just throw them in the wash after each use? we have those same tins, they are such a great size and my favourite is the divided lunchbots. i am with sarah you really should write a book on food for kids. x

  4. My 3 year old is loving slightly salted roasted pumpkin seeds at the moment.

  5. My daughter is just in pre-school and already I have trouble coming up with variety. Thanks for the ideas! We made banana muffins this week which she claims to dislike. However she loves them if they are shaped like hearts!

  6. Great inventive ideas Natalie. I definitely prep the night before so as to have hassle-free mornings. I make lots of muffins and coconut biscuits, but recently a gluten-free carrot and walnut bread with almond meal & 5 eggs that was super moist and delicious. I wish mine would eat fresh beetroot! I agree on the nourishing fats, mine have a little full fat cream with fruit of an evening. Alison

  7. this is such a great post, natalie - will have to bookmark this. i really love the nesting tins - they are on my to buy list x

  8. Thanks so much for sharing lovely! Beautiful food for our little people is just so important and you always provide us with new and inspiring ways to serve it to them. Thanks so much :) x


Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I love hearing from you and will respond to any questions in the comments sections. Natalie

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