Now that the academic year is well under way, the excitement of the new term is starting to wear off, together with the creative ideas for packed lunches.
At the end of the school holidays, I sat down with little man and asked him what his favourite packed lunch items were and we made a daily menu together, mixing and matching what he would like to see in his lunchbox.
Perhaps I don’t need to mention that the menu didn’t go very far, it all depends on what we have in the fridge and cupboards on the night before or on the actual day, depending how organised we are.
From this experience, I have learned that there is no point in spending hours and hours planning something that is realistic, so I thought I would put together our lunchbox tips and ideas.
Leftovers are great for lunchboxes
Whether you are turning the leftovers of a Sunday roast into a wrap or a sandwich, you can always use up the leftovers in a creative way. If you are making pasta for dinner, save some for packed lunch, together with some peas or sweetcorn, and a sprinkle of cheese.
Include fruit and vegetables
Luckily little man is not a fussy eater, so he will eat most fruit and vegetables. I have noticed that he likes apples, however he doesn’t eat it if it is whole. He prefers when the apple is sliced, so fruit salad is a winner. Vegetable sticks, such as carrots, cucumbers, celery and peppers seem to be popular too. Frozen fruit is great as a topping for plain yogurt.
Little man eats his lunch while looking forward to his pudding, so we always include a delicious treat, such as Brioche Pasquier Pitch chocolate chip and chocolate flavour filled brioche. They are individually wrapped and great for lunchboxes. You like slicing them so little man can see the delicious chocolate inside. It’s always a success!
What are your lunchbox tips?