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What are your go-to easy lunchbox fillers? 

So I was packing the kids lunches earlier and now I’m thinking, to make life easier this week I am going to sort some lunchbox fillers I can make or prepare and have ready to grab and pack easily. I used to be really good at having all of that handy and I have not been as organised lately. I’m thinking of cutting up capsicum in chunks, rockmelon, vegemite on wraps and freezing them (rolled and cut like sushi), Vegemite scrolls, plain cooked pasta, boiled eggs, homemade vanilla yoghurt, cooked bacon, apples cut and soaked in salty water to stop browning… what else could I do? I like simple things that don’t have much prep time and that are pretty healthy. I also love doing things that don’t need much washing up, as that’s even more work! Anyway I would love to hear what you all pack as great lunchbox fillers that your kids love… comment below your ideas. 
Have a great week and let’s make packing lunches easy and fun (or at least not so tedious!). 

Happy packing!👍

💖Anita 😊

P.S. here is some lunchspiration – some old photos I found on my phone!

OmieBox Lunchboxes from Bambino Love


We love using your OmieBox Lunchboxes… whether they are filled with hot or cold foods, they are a great size, they are easy to clean and my kids love taking them to school. They are easy to open and carry to school and you can get them from www.bambinolove.com.au. Thank you for a great product Bambino Love! My kids used to fight over the first one we had so we got a second one to stop the fights… check them out!

Some mornings I heat leftovers or spaghetti bolognaise and then put it in the thermos for my kids lunches (follow the instructions to do this). When they open it at the first break around 11am it is still warm and yummy to eat, they love it! They even store the whole lunchbox in the fridge, it’s amazing that it doesn’t get cold from being in there! If you want a lunchbox that has the ability to store hot and cold food at the same time, this is the one to get!

A great reminder to lead by example…

This is a reminder for all parents, and definitely a great reminder for myself as well. Lead by example and your children will follow… It’s only day 2 of me changing my eating habits for healthier ones (holidays were a massive blow out, as well as the 6 or so months before it, haha) and my daughter requested she could have lettuce wraps for dinner and in her lunch for tomorrow. She even wanted to make them herself. It goes to show that kids do not miss a thing- so be the shining light for them no matter what you do as they are a great mirror/reflection of yourself. Here are some of my meals the past few days and her dinner tonight and lunch for tomorrow…

Lettuce leaves with capsicum, carrot and avocado.

Lettuce leaves with green capsicum, peeled slices of carrot and avocado, carrot sticks and 1/4 of leftover avocado. I will also send some boiled eggs with her as well.

My dinner- lettuce leaves with tomato, red onion, cucumber and leftover Mexican beef rissoles.


My breakfast- 2 poached eggs, half an avocado with half a diced red onion, 1 small tomato with crumbled up Mexican beef rissoles leftover from dinner. It was awesome!
Be the change you wish to see in the world… 
Love Nete oxo

Packing Bento Lunches for Everyday Parents by Melissa at Trendy Lil Treats

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Packing Bento Lunches for Everyday Parents

My name is Melissa, I’m the owner of Trendy Lil Treats.  We are a family business based in Townsville and love sharing our bento love around Australia and Worldwide.  I started Trendy Lil Treats in February 2013 and what started off as a love for Bento quickly grew into an obsession with anything food related because I saw how much it changed my sons eating habits.  Then when we had our second son who had major food sensory issues and bringing bento into his life changed his eating habits from barely eating half a Bentgo to now eating a Go Green.  You name it I tried it over the years and can now happily say that both my boys eat so much better now thanks to it.

I find the best way to pack everyday bento lunches that are quick, easy and practical for any mum is to follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Keep It Simple
  2. Be Organised with Frozen Baked Goods
  3. Make it look Appealing as “kids eat with their eyes”

These days a lot of schools are going “nude food lunches” which is to reduce the rubbish on the environment.  If you have a lunchbox that has sections, this means you won’t have to use cling wrap to separate foods which really helps the environment.  It also means rather than buying small packets of biscuits, sultanas, etc you can buy big packets and place the amount you want directly into each section keeping it fresh, easy to eat (no packets need to be opened), less food wastage if they don’t finish an entire packet and appealing on the eye.

I always try to keep 1-2 draws in my freezer stocked with slice, bite sized cupcakes/muffins, lamingtons, muesli bars, lcm bites, cookie dough logs, pizza scrolls, ham and cheese rolls, etc.  Most lunchbox items can be frozen and if you make them in advance and bulk you can then take the items you want out and place them straight into the lunchbox in the morning.  Or if you find you have nothing cooked then you can take out a cookie dough log, slice and bake and have fresh cookies in 8 minutes, which is usually how long it takes me to put lunches together in the mornings so it works out perfect.   Another good thing about being organised is if dad needs to make lunches he can easily take some baked goods out and place them into a lunchbox without worrying about what to do.  I have a list in our kitchen which shows the foods our boys like in their lunchboxes to help my husband if he has to do it, rarely, or those days you just can’t think of what to put in.

Kids love to be involved so it’s great to let them help with the baking and preparation for lunch.  I often cut my boys sandwiches or give them pikelets to colour in using the foodoodlers, they love being involved and it is always eaten when it’s something they have helped with.

TIP:  You can prepare fruit and vegetables in advance and stored them in the fridge, the general timeframe recommended for freshness is as follows:

Recommended 2-3 days (Preparation on Sunday and Wednesday would last the week):

Fruit:  Slice and store in air tight containers.

Tomato: Slice tomato and place on slices of bread to soak the juices.

Lettuce: Slice lettuce and store in water, use a salad spinner to dry before use.

Recommended 4-5 days (Preparation Sunday or Monday to last the week):

Carrot:  Peel your carrot very well (any skin will turn the carrot brown) and then grate it to the thickness you want.  Store in an airtight container with paper towel on the bottom.

Being organised will save you time and stress with packing your lunches.

For store brought snacks I only ever purchase items from the health food isle and the baby isle as the salt and sugar contents are so much better than the regular biscuit, muesli bar and chip isle.

Lets talk lunchboxes, A major factor is providing lunches that your child will want to devour is to find a lunchbox that suits your child’s needs.  Every child is so different and finding that perfect lunchbox can be very tricky.  When looking for a lunchbox some things to consider are:

  • Size – Check Cup Capacity and Dimensions to ensure you are buying a lunchbox that isn’t way to small or big for your child. If you aren’t sure ask the business you are purchasing from know what you need to fit into the lunchbox every day and they can point you in the direction of one that will fit everything you need in.  This will save you money buying ones that don’t suit your requirements.
  • Leak Proof – Are you packing fruit and wet items that require it to be leak Proof? If so ensure you ask that question or read the product information clearly.  It will clearly state if it is leak proof, if it doesn’t say then it will not be.
  • Quality – If you want a lunchbox that will last years then you need to look for quality. Ask for reviews on the ones you like.  If looking for reviews online be sure to check they aren’t more than 18 months old because most brands change designs over time and those older reviews will be void.  It’s best to ask others how their experience has been to get the most up to date reviews.
  • How easy is it to use – Ensure you find one that is easy to open and close for your child, it often does take half a dozen times practising for any child to adjust to a lunchbox but there are a few on the market that are harder to open and close than others and little hands may struggle. Definitely advise the age of the child if you are asking for reviews.
  • Budget – Stick to your budget

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The Top 5 bento products I find help jazz up a boring lunch into a cute one and don’t add any additional time onto lunch prep are:

  1. Lunch Punch Sets (My favs are VRRM and Match & Munch)
  2. Foodoodlers (Edible Food Pens)
  3. Cute Fruit Forks (little forks to help pick up fruit, cake, etc)
  4. Food Picks (note that food picks come in short, medium and large length which suit different needs)
  5. Condiment Containers (great for treats or to separate small items)

The above items are by far my most used items making an appearance at least 3 times a week each.  You can start off with buying lucky dip and mixed packets to try different bento products, see what you like and what works for your child and then expand your collection of those items.

As long as you pack items your child will eat, or at least try, you are doing an amazing job.  I always pack a sandwich, lots of fruit, a treat, cheese, biscuits and some snacks.  I don’t pack vegetables or hot foods as my boys simply will not eat hot food at lunch or vegetables but they do happily eat them at night so I don’t push those foods during the day.  Do what works for your children, as a paediatrician once said to me “mums know what is best for their own kids”.  If you are looking for ideas of foods to pack in your lunchbox, click on http://www.trendyliltreats.com.au/lunch-box-ideas/ and print this list out and keep it on your pantry.

You don’t need the biggest and best collections of products to give your child a fun lunch, start small and work your way up from there and within your budget.  The items above are certainly a good start and reasonably cheap to buy.  Our products are BPA Free.

You can see our range of products on our website www.trendyliltreats.com.au or contact us via Facebook www.facebook.com/trendyliltreats if you would like to ask us any questions about finding the perfect lunchbox for your needs or if you’re looking for ideas to encourage fussy eaters.  We are always here to help.

For all Lunchbox Ideas for Kids followers we offer 10% off using the coupon code 10LUNCHBOXKIDS.

Until the end of May we have Go Green Full Sets at $55 each, save $10.  While stocks last.

 

Thanks for having me on your blog Anita.

 

Melissa Porter

Trendy Lil Treats

www.trendyliltreats.com.au

 

Lunchbox inspiration from #lunchesforbella.

Good morning!

Here is some great lunchbox inspiration for you all. How good do these lunches look from Amanda at #lunches4bella. Thank you for sharing your colourful and amazing lunches with us all! 
  

Sports themed lunch*wholemeal pizza base with cheese & bacon bits in shape of baseball

*carrot with ‘run’ picks

*strawberry & mandarin with soccer ball picks  

*corn, carrot, snow peas & cucumber

*chicken drumstick

*orange, pear & rockmelon cubes

  
*cherry tomatoes & cucumber

*strawberries & blueberries

*gluten free sausage chunks

*lamington

*honey sandwiches flowers

*babybel cheese

  

A valentines themed lunch

*cherry tomato hearts

*strawberry hearts & blueberries

*celery & carrot with ‘XOXO’ picks

*honey pancake heart

*cucumber/tuna/mayo mix in a silicone cup

  
An ‘orange’ themed lunch for Harmony Day

*orange capsicum

*orange slices

*burger rings

*orange filled biscuit bites

*orange tomatoes

*BBQ favva beans

*orange juice

*carrot & french onion dip in carrot dipper

  
*cucumber

*celery & cherry tomatoes

*vegemite scrolls

*cheese triangle

*strawberries & blueberries

*gummy jelly treat

  
*cucumber & celery

*dragonfruit

*honeydew melon

*cheese & sauce scrolls

*trail mix

*candy egg treat

  
*babybel cheese

*blueberries

*tuna/corn/mayo mix

*pancakes

*cherry tomatoes

*white choc chips treat

*carrot, cucumber & tzatziki in carrot container

How awesome is my other half… check this out!! 

I have been away the past few days at a self development course in Tweed Heads and while I have been away my partner has been handling school and kindy lunches and the kids and house stuff. I wanted to share the awesome lunches he has prepared today as he is so amazing for doing it for the first and second times (that I can remember) as the other time was on Friday. 

  
What I love about these lunches the most is that he gave it a go. He did his best and didn’t have to seek help or approval of what he has packed from me. I love how organised and perfectly cut the fruit and veg sticks and everything is. What a champion that he gave it a go and didn’t do the easy thing of buying tuckshop for both days. How lucky am I to have a willing partner like I do! 
Do you help your partner or have a partner who helps with lunches? Share the lunches you make for yourself or your children on the Facebook page or group so others can see them and get inspired as well. 
Have a great day! 😀

And the 2 lucky winners of the Squeezy Snack Giveaway are…

 There are 2 lucky winners for our next giveaway generously donated from Squeezy Snack. There were lots of great entries and it was a hard decision to make. The winners entered the following great recipes so check them out and give them a go too if you want as they sound yummy!

 

Everyone was asked the following question:

What is your most used slice, smoothie or yoghurt recipe?

There were lots of great entries and the lucky winners are:

Melissa- Our fav slice changes depending what’s in the fridge! It’s left over rice slice –
Approx 2 cups left over cooked rice
Approx 1 cup mixed veggies (whatever you have in fridge – cherry tomatoes halved, zucchini / pumpkin / carrots / sweet potato grated, thin pineapple slices)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup feta crumbled (optional)
4 eggs
Big dash milk
Dash soy sauce

Mix all together, press into a lined slice tin & bake 20 mins 180 deg. Sprinkle some grated parmasen on and bake another 12 mins till cooked and browned.
Delicious hot or cold and freezes well to just pull out and pop in lunch boxes.
(My kids love a little tub of tomato sauce to smear on top too!)

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Belinda- My new favourite smoothie recipie for miss 11 months is 

Avocado
Pear
Apples
Spinach
Banana
Little bit of water to help blend. Full of all good greens.
And the boys even like it because its ninja turtle food lol. Win win

 

The prizes include all of these amazing products:

8 pouches (2 blue, 2 pink, 2 green and 2 purple)

1 funnel

2 sandwich bags

Sandwich cutter

A $5 voucher

And delivery in Australia, how amazing is that!?

 

The two winners has been notified via email and if they do not respond within 48hrs the next winner is chosen and contacted.

I would like to give a massive thank you to Squeezy Snack for their amazing giveaway.

Thank you to everyone who entered and took time to answer the question, keep an eye out on my blog for the next giveaway to be started soon…

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Thank you, from Anita @ Lunchbox Ideas For Kids.

***Our next giveaway from Squeezy Snack***

 It has been a while since our last giveaway, and I am excited to announce that we have another one for you all!! Our next giveaway is brought to you by http://www.squeezysnack.com.au and there will be two lucky winners!

 
The winners will be receiving:

8 pouches (2 blue, 2 pink, 2 green and 2 purple)

1 funnel

2 sandwich bags

Sandwich cutter

And a $5 voucher
With postage within Australia included. 

For your chance to win one of these great giveaway prizes all you have to do is answer the question below and follow the terms and conditions.

What is your most used slice, smoothie or yoghurt recipe?

This is a game of skill; the most interesting/creative answer will be chosen by my team at the Lunchbox Ideas For Kids blog.

***This giveaway closes 7pm AEST Monday 31st of August 2015 and the two winners will be contacted via email only and so you must ensure you provide your name and a valid email address. The winners have 48 hours to respond to the winning email with their full name and postage address or the prize will be redrawn. Entries who do not provide an email address will not be valid entries. Open to Australian residents only and the judges decision is final.

***Having trouble entering on your mobile device? Click on the title of the blog post then scroll down to the bottom of the page, click ‘View web version’, then scroll down to the bottom of the page again and click on ‘Post a comment’, then type your answer in the comment box. Good luck! :)***

Squeezy Snack has lots of great products so be sure to visit their website http://www.squeezysnack.com.au to see what else they have available for purchase. And remember to share this wonderful giveaway with your friends and family so they can enter this giveaway as well.

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
Get creative everyone, I look forward to reading your entries and thank you once again to http://www.squeezysnack.com.au for this amazing giveaway!
From Anita 🙂