Back to school has fallen upon us for 2014 and that means one thing…the return of the school lunch. Love it or hate it, the school lunch is a grind and monotonous chore but the fact is it just needs to be done.
Sure, I’ll try to palm it off to my husband at any chance (he does a mean salad sandwich) but most of the time it’s just me and the cutting board.
There are a few reasons why making school lunches never gets easy.
1. You have to actually have fresh, healthy food in the house
2. You need the time.. and double that for interruptions
3. The motivation
I envy the mums that create fun imaginative bento box style lunches. I have tried and get a little creative now and then but most of the time it is plain and simple…and luckily that’s how my kids like it. I don’t want to set the bar too high and not be able to reproduce the standard day in day out.
The most important thing to me is to make it healthy and wholesome.
This is the challenging part.
There are a lot of influences at school….good and bad so I feel the need to explain while we are at the grocery store why we can’t buy something that so and so had for their lunch. I’m by no means a nazi alfalfa and peanut butter sandwich or whatever it is kinda girl but try to keep food in the box as close to nature as possible (with a treat every few days)
It’s a process to try to turn our kids around into them thinking they are the lucky ones for having the healthy lunch not the other way around. Anyone can throw a packet of crisps and popper in a lunch bag.
So if you’re like me and trying your hardest to create a healthy school lunch know that you’re not alone…but hopefully the perseverance will pay off in the long run.
I’ll leave you with some tips from Kidspot on how to create your own healthy lunches.
Vegetarian school lunch ideas
Summer was gifted and is wearing clothes and shoes from Cotton On Kids
and also featured are some cool little kindy/school stationary items from Typo and Cotton On Kids.