4 Healthy Lunchbox Hacks and Packing TipsMona
In a recent study, 90% of Australian children were found to carry junk food-style snacks in their lunchboxes, so there’s never been a better time to make sure your kids have a nutritious meal. A healthy lunchbox helps keeping concentration levels up, as well as energy – which we all know is important for playtime!
We’ve compiled some of our top healthy lunchbox hacks and packing tips to make sure your family gets their daily dose of vitamins and health foods.
Meal prep to save time
Planning ahead – even for just 10 minutes at the weekend – will help cut down on food wastage and keep meals varied throughout the week. Write a quick list to plan to eat the freshest ingredients first.
The more variety in lunchboxes, the wider the variety of vitamins and minerals which you can add to the diet – which will help with so many aspects of health.
Include healthy snacks
A couple of carrot sticks, some chopped tomatoes, some diced capsicum – these are all delicious snacks with plenty of nutrients to keep you going throughout the day. Plus, they all add up to your daily allowance of vegetables!
What’s more, it helps steer clear of processed foods and sugars, which lead to spikes in blood sugar levels, affecting moods and behaviour.
Some of our favourite homemade snacks include Bliss Balls – which not only taste delicious, but also include a range of plant-based foods. Check out our recipe here.
Use the freezer!
If you’re into batch cooking, divide the portions for the week into your ClickClack Cook+ and pop in the freezer. Then, when you’re ready to go, you’ll have a fresh, healthy lunchbox on hand – no fuss necessary.
Just remember: the easier your lunchboxes are to prepare, the easier it is to maintain the healthy foods and balance you can offer. There’s no need to overcomplicate it if it will make it harder to keep up.
Keep it interesting
Variety IS the spice of life – so make sure you mix things up to keep the balance of meals interesting. Check out our Instagram page for recipe ideas and save them for later.
Another idea would be to use different shapes and themes for different times of year. Little surprises in the lunchbox will keep kids interested in their lunches and excited to see what’s in store! For instance – why not try cutting sandwiches into Christmas tree shapes for December? Or cut cucumber slices into little hearts for Valentine’s day.
Haven’t found your perfect lunchbox yet? Check out our Daily range – leakproof, airtight and made to keep your food fresh and delicious.