Oh how I dreaded school lunches!

This was an illogical and crippling anxiety I had, I mean, they need to be nut free, healthy, yummy to a 5 year old and able to be kept in a lunch box on a 40+ degree day! But I’m an old pro now, and so I am offering an Australian version of the Bento box school lunch box.

I was struggling with all the American versions, many are great, but even the best ones can have so much packaged food – that I didn’t recognise.

We had a few practise runs, usually for long car rides:

Snack Bento.jpg

Travelling Bento box, fruit, custard, cereal and broccoli frittata. Treat is blueberry and chia leather

and happily, Lexi was given this for her birthday:

Smiggle Thermal Lunch Bag

Smiggle Thermal Lunch Bag

and then school started…

I had to learn what she would eat and what she would not in the school environment. Luckily green wraps and hummus was a winner:

Green wrap and hummus, Babybel, Fava beans, Cheery toms, and Energy bar

Green wrap and hummus, Babybel, Fava beans, Cherry toms, and Apricot and Chia Energy Bars, Treat is a marshmallow leftover from her b’day party

The Apricot and chia bars recipe can be found here: http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/apricot-chia-energy-bars/Apricot and chia Unfortunately the Energy bar and fava beans were not a hit, and suddenly she did not eat tomatoes!!

Turkey box A

Turkey Box, with the obligatory hummus in spinach wrap, babybel, fruit and gherkins

She even went of blue and black berries, I think they were nearing the end of their season.

Wrapped Hummus, Babybel, Strawberries, Raspberries, Gherkin and Paleo Marshmallow. More berries and Beetroot/Strawberry Yoghurt for morning tea

Wrapped Hummus, Babybel, Strawberries, Raspberries, Gherkin and Paleo Marshmallow. More berries and Beetroot/Strawberry Yoghurt for morning tea

My sister shared this paleo marshmallow recipe to replace the store bought ones. http://www.laurafuentes.com/homemade-marshmallow-no-corn-syrup-recipe/ I think we just about have the hang of this, there’s possibly too much dairy for my liking, but this kid would live off it if she could. Occasionally I manage some vege’s, but I’ve not yet had success with any other filling on the wraps/sandwiches’ then hummus, which I’m fine with.

If anyone has any tip or hacks, please leave a comment! Thanks for visiting.

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Vicki Saunders
Team Leader at Home & Work!
I was born in country NSW and am now firmly saturated in city life, still we cannot be without our garden, parks and home cooking. Cooking has always been my creative outlet and I'm pretty relaxed about it, knowing it doesn't always turn out as planned and sometimes that's awesome!! I will tell people I follow the recipe the first time but in truth, I'm tweaking almost immediately. I've always thought myself quite healthy, but when we created our very own small person I realised there's hidden surprises in most processed foods and with a bit more effort we can give her the best start in life.

Vicki Saunders

I was born in country NSW and am now firmly saturated in city life, still we cannot be without our garden, parks and home cooking. Cooking has always been my creative outlet and I'm pretty relaxed about it, knowing it doesn't always turn out as planned and sometimes that's awesome!! I will tell people I follow the recipe the first time but in truth, I'm tweaking almost immediately. I've always thought myself quite healthy, but when we created our very own small person I realised there's hidden surprises in most processed foods and with a bit more effort we can give her the best start in life.

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