Some plant-based and nut-free school lunch ideas (1)

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Not sure if you are like me, but I actually like looking at children’s and adult’s healthy lunch box ideas online, usually Pinterest to gain some inspiration. I have mentioned before that my children’s school has a ‘nut free‘ policy and that we are encouraged to provide more whole foods than packaged/processed foods. Items like chocolate and potato chips are discouraged for example. So I thought maybe posting some images may give you more of an idea what this could look like. Maybe I will also write a series of posts like this one.

Both of my children use a re-usable sandwich type bag for morning tea snacks (Sachi brand) and use a planet box Rover lunch box for lunch and water as a drink. My son has lunch at home on school days and my daughter has lunch at school. These Planet Box lunch boxes cannot take liquid or hot foods, so in addition to using this lunch box we may add a small thermos flask to make soup for example. We will prep both lunch boxes the night before and add some fresh items the morning of school.

Overall my children make many of the food choices that go into their lunch boxes, this way there is less food wastage and my children have more control over what they eat…we just have to follow the ‘no nut’ and ‘healthy food’ policy. Really though, budget and availability of certain foods does come in to play in terms of lunchbox options.

In terms of ingredients, one of the changes I have been trying to make over time, is creating a more whole-food pantry and fridge, stocking them with more fresh foods so I can make more from scratch. If I am going to make some kind of snack, I would prefer to use the ingredients I have at home to make them rather than purchase the packaged kind. Some things are difficult to buy package free though or are too costly, so I just do the best I can at the time. Having access to any kind of fresh foods is a privilege, one I do not take for granted.

Lunchbox at 5 years
Tomato, oat, date and coconut ball, cranberries, blueberries and strawberries, kiwi fruit, hummus dip, spinach leaves, cucumber, carrot and celery.
Lunches at 5 years 2
Cherries, coconut flakes, sultanas, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, strawberries, hummus dip, tomato and spinach (gluten-free) pasta, carrot, tomato, snow peas and spinach.
Lunches at 5 years 3
Snow peas, carrot, cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, hummus dip, cherries, blueberries, spinach leaves, raw corn, fava beans and a sandwich (alfalfa, carrot, lettuce and avocado).
Lunches at 5 years Day 4
Spinach leaves, carrot and snow peas, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, coconut flakes, kiwi fruit, G/F spaghetti with cooked broccoli, beans and snow peas.
Lunches at 5 years 5.jpg
Air popped popcorn, spinach and rocket leaves, carrot and cherry tomatoes, mandarin, date, coconut, chia and pumpkin seed ball, G/F vegie pasta with home-made chickpea falafel.

What I am working on;

  • Food shopping more often with my children and having them more involved in food prep (if they want to be) not just lunch/snack prep
  • Growing more of our own food.
  • Cook more from scratch where possible.
  • Work on a better weekly/monthly meal plan
  • Work on simplifying food/meals (maybe you have read the book ‘Simplicity Parenting’ by Kim John Payne, in which he touches on this topic).
  • I am considering creating a ‘stockpile pantry’ as discussed on the Down to Earth Blog which would be good for emergency situations. I am keen on stockpiling preserves.

I recently read Jitterberry’s blog post on Honouring Autonomy- our food philosophy which I found interesting. She talks about food platters and deconstructed meals, which is what we do a lot of the time as well, but we just keep it simple.

Edited May 3rd 2018- you can see more food pics on my new Plant Based with Kids Instagram account.

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