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?