Lunchbox packing can be a tedious, mundane task, but we all know how important it is to fuel our kids. How do you find lunchbox prep?
For one of my kids, I find it straightforward, but for my picky eater, it’s tough!
I’d love to say that my kid’s lunchboxes are perfectly balanced with veggies, carbs, protein and good fats, but truth be told they’re often not. But hey! It’s a new year and a fresh start, to try new things.
First, let’s look at what a balanced lunchbox looks like. As well as including some vegetables full of micronutrients, we also need to make sure we have some good quality macronutrients: protein, carbs, and fats.
Protein: (growth, tissue repair & satiety)
Carbs: (energy & fibre)
Fats: (energy & needed to absorb certain vitamins)
Beef, pork, lamb
Fish, tinned fish
Dairy such as cheese, cottage cheese or Greek yogurt
Beans, lentils, and legumes
Tempeh, tofu, or edamame
Protein powder or Plant-based blends added to bliss balls or slice (e.g., pea protein, rice protein, hemp protein)
Brown or wild rice, amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa
Whole grain flour foods: breads, pastas, and wraps
Beans and legumes
Cacao (dark chocolate)
Nut and seed oils
Fresh coconut and coconut oil
Nuts and seeds
Nut and seed butters
Olives and extra virgin olive oil
Omega-3 fatty acid supplement
For me, I find the veggies the hardest part!
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*If your school is nut-free – change the flour to oat flour and the peanut butter to sunflower seed butter.