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Inspiration from Angeline at Bambino Love.


A big hello from Melbourne. My name is Angeline, the founder of Bambino Love, mother of two gorgeous children. I love to encourage healthy eating and create nutritious food for my children. When I make lunch for my children, it needs to be fast and easy as time is precious. I always look for high quality, durable, reusable and zero waste lunch box products, with less disposable packaging for a healthier planet. At Bambino Love, I stock imported eco-friendly and good quality zero waste lunch boxes, insulated lunch bags, fun sandwich cutters, bento accessories and a wide range of baby feeding products.

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I would like to share some ideas that may be helpful to pack homemade lunches in a bento lunch box. I usually like to pack at least 4 types of foods: carbs/grain (carbohydrates), proteins, vegetables and fruits. I always include some type of vegetables in each lunchbox. Yes, even if I know it will come home uneaten. It sometimes take years for a kid from “NO” to being willing to try. High protein food will help kids stay fuller longer.

I like to pack with bold colours as it provides great visual impact and creates a better appetite.

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Colours that you may consider : Red, Yellow, Orange and Green.

Examples: Carrot, bell pepper/capsicum, strawberries, plum, tomato, red radish, apple, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, orange, lemon, grapes, raspberries, nectarines, banana, lettuce, cucumber, green onion, edamame, broccoli, spinach, snap peas, asparagus, green beans, brussels sprouts, green peas and kiwi fruit.

Always plan ahead what you would like to put in the lunch box. To cut down the preparation time, left overs from dinners would be ideal. You may pre-cook in big bulk dinner meals and freeze it. You may like to bake muffins, mini sausage rolls, zucchini fritters, pizza scrolls, patties, pies, cheese and bacon scrolls, banana bread, mini meatballs and mini quiches in a big batch and freeze it. You may pre-cut your vegetables and keep them in the fridge.

Here are some school lunches that I made for my kid using Boon Cargo, Bentgo kids, Lunchbots bento box.
A food cup is great for keeping wet things away from dry ones and hold loose items like blueberries in one place.

I send the lunch box to school in an insulated bag with cooling panel that keeps the food cool the whole day long at school with a frozen smoothie or yoghurt in a reusable food pouch.

You may use any type of lunch boxes to pack your kids school lunch. Get ones that are BPA-free and chemical free for your kids. You may also add on some cute and funny food picks, a lunchbox note and use silicone food cups. If you are packing hot food for your child, look for a thermal insulated food jar that is able to keep your food warm for hours.
No more stress! Get your little ones involved in making their lunchbox with the fun sandwich cutters and bento accessories. We ensure your lunch box will never be boring anymore and lunch boxes will keep coming home empty.

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I hope these ideas have helped you with your lunch packing.
Kind regards
Angeline at www.bambinolove.com.auBambino Love


Great meal ideas from Monica at The Chocolate Frog Diet. 

My name is Monica Siemsen. 11 years ago I started the Chocolate Frog Diet to help people understand they did not have to be hungry all the time, spend countless hours in a gym or live on shakes to lose weight. Over the years I have shared many journeys with many people from all different backgrounds and one thing has always been the same in every case. People are lonely and need support which is where I come in. When I put a program together I have to fit the program into many different lifestyles so I have lots of ideas on how to do that because we are all different. One of the many things I do is give people ideas on what to take for lunch. Some people are at home, some on the road, some in offices, some in a mine but no matter what you do I can work out a personal plan for you. I even have to have a plan for myself as I work all odd hours to fit in with my clients. Lunches are often hard to get right because you can run out of ideas. Winter is coming so what we want is lots of warm comfort food and that is no problem. Soups, stews, casseroles with a mountain bread wrap fits the bill on a cold winters day. If you are lucky enough to have access to a sandwich maker you can make and freeze your favourite sandwich or wrap then toast at lunch time. A cold apple for morning tea does not seem nearly as inviting on a winters day as a lovely big mug of homemade pumpkin soup. Summer is harder I believe because there is only so many salads you can eat but a salad does not have to be boring. I have lots of ideas for many different and very yummy salads and recipes for sugar free muffins, biscuits and cakes. I have to have those because I have grandchildren who come over to stay who would not like it if they came to Nanny’ place and there was no treats. Life is way too short not to have Love Fun and Good Food in it. 

What to eat and when to eat to be healthy both physically and mentally is always a challenge.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and they are so right.
The when to eat is easy. Think of your eating plan every day as an upside down triangle. Eat your largest meal at breakfast and your smallest one at dinner and ideally eat every 3 hours. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner. Have dinner as early as you can. Go to bed empty but not hungry.
One thing I do know and that is you can’t do this on your own and that is where The Chocolate Frog Diet comes in. We will totally support you on your journey towards health. Check out some of the very happy clients under the testimonial tab on our website http://www.chocolatefrogdiet.com.au Some have even put their phone numbers on there so you can call them personally to ask about their journey.
Below are some meal suggestions. If you would like some more information please contact me (Monica Siemsen) at The Chocolate Frog Diet mobile: 0407738620 or email: info@choolatefrogdiet.com.au
Dinner Ideas (All can be frozen into individual serves or family size)
· Use packet soups for a tasty sauce on meat fish chicken etc. Don’t put full amount of water to make a thicker sauce. Two serves per packet.
· Tomato and onion gravy. Put tomatoes and onion into saucepan with one teaspoon butter and some salt and pepper and simmer till cook and thick
· Casseroles and stews are the easiest. Brown meat, chicken, fish, pork or lamb whatever you are using Brown the onions and vegetables. Use whatever stock (fresh, powder, cubes) you prefer and then thicken with gravy mix or plain flour or have enough sweet potato/ potato that will naturally thicken it. Serve with steam fresh vegetables or Slendier pasta/rice or Riceme pasta/rice. These casseroles can be frozen cooked or raw.
· Soups whatever sort you like served with a mountain bread and steamed vegetables
· Quiche cooked into muffin pans served with salad
· Savoury mince loaded with lots of vegetables can be put into mountain bread with a grate of cheese and browned under the grill, or just have a bowl.
· Fritters. Put lots of vegetables and some protein into a basic batter cook in a non-stick pan that you have sprayed. Add some curry powder to the batter makes a really yummy fritter.
· Toasted wraps. Take one mountain bread put whatever protein you want put 2 grates of cheese wrap and freeze then when you want something nice to go with your soup thaw and toast.
Or maybe you are into calorie counting so here is some ideas
Chicken Stew: 600 grams chicken breast, 2 small potatoes in jacket, 2 small onions, 200 grams mushrooms, and 100 grams sweet potato, 1 teas chicken Vegetta stock, 2 teaspoons select chicken gravy mix. Total = 1310 calories
Total calories per 2 cups = 327 calories
Pumpkin Soup: 3 kg pumpkin, 300 grams sweet potato, 3 large onions, 1 kg carrots, 600ml light cream, 4 teaspoon Vegetta vegetable stock nearly cover with water. Total = 2645 calories
Total calories per 1 cup = 132 calories
Turkey Mince Rissoles: 500gms turkey mince, 2 small onions diced, 1 egg Makes 6
Total calories per rissole = 144
Take Care and Stay Healthy,


Monica Siemsen



Monica Siemsen

Mobile: 0407738620

Email: Info@chocolatefrogdiet.com.au

Web: http://www.chocolatefrogdiet.com.au



It’s been a while since I did a post… 

It’s been a while since I last did a post on here. I have been busy starting to study, we now own a puppy who loves to chew everything and wee/poo anywhere, school holidays were a couple of weeks ago too where I had family come stay for nearly two weeks and I celebrated my 30th birthday and had a party to celebrate between all of that. And all of the other wonderful everyday things have happened like the good old washing, folding, cooking, cleaning, food shopping etc that all still needs doing. So yes life has been pretty busy the past month or so. I need to be a lot kinder to myself and stop worrying so much about silly stuff. 

So it’s now time to get back into some sort of routine with everything- from eating healthy to having healthy meals ready to eat and being organized with everything. 

I know when I am in survival mode I find myself packing lunches that are not my ideal ones and I eat things I know I shouldn’t as well. I’m only human and make mistakes after all. I also need to remind myself no one is perfect and to stop comparing myself to others. 

Anyway, with that all said- here are my kids lunches for tomorrow. I’m sure they will enjoy them as much as I over analyze everything I pack some days… I need to remind myself my kids are happy and fed and they eat lots of fruit and vegetables and aren’t super fussy which is great! Now to get myself into some sort of routine with everything again… Have a great week everyone! 

From Anita oxo 

Top 10 tips for making packing lunches easier, healthier and Fun! 

Hi everyone! 

I have had some people contact me with wanting help with what to pack in their own or their child’s lunchbox. Well, for your convenience and to help, I have created a document for you all to read and get ideas etc from. Please feel free to leave some feedback below, whether constructive or positive. Have a great week and I hope I have helped in some way or another. 

Feel free to email me any time at anita@lunchboxideasforkids.com.au and I can help you with any questions you may have. Also, don’t forget to follow my blog and sign up to get email notifications of when I put new blog posts on here. 

*If you would like a PDF version of this document please feel free to email me on the above email address.* Thank you. 

Have a great day! 

From Anita 



Recipe: not quite soup not quite stirfry

Lunch is served 🙂

Not quite soup not quite stir fry recipe.

Animal fat for cooking in-about 2tbn
1/2 onion sliced
1/8 red capsicum cut up
One handful cooked chicken
Red and green cabbage (I used wombok) sliced
About 3 florets broccoli sliced
1 garlic clove chopped small
1 cup chicken broth or stock (I used broth)
Salt and pepper to taste
One good teaspoon of chicken stock paste (I make it myself)

Put the fat in a medium-hot pan to heat. Add in onions until browned. Add in broccoli florets and cook for a few minutes. Put in the capsicum and garlic and give it a stir for a couple of minutes and then add in the cabbage , wombok and chicken. Let to cook for a couple of minutes (or less depending on how crunchy you like your veg) add in the chicken stock paste, stock/broth and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for a few minutes until you’re happy with how heated it is. Serve and enjoy 🙂



Sandwich free lunches for today and tomorrow 2nd and 3rd March 2015

So I didn’t post the lunch I packed my daughter for today at school and have now packed tomorrow’s lunches for both my son and daughter so here they are!


It is a simple lunch consisting of coconut bread, capsicum, an apple cut up and some cheese. Marlee had a big breakfast so I didn’t pack a massive lunch today.

Now for tomorrow’s lunches for the kids. Inside is salad consisting of lettuce, capsicum and carrot, grapes, cheese and water crackers, Savoury veg muffin and I added tomato sauce for dipping in and some coconut bread with butter. I hope they like it…


I am really loving basic food to pop in the lunchboxes that are either homemade healthier options or whole foods that aren’t processed at all. My kids love their fruit and vegetables which is awesome and eat most things. Marlee has requested some rice paper rolls for Wednesday so we will see how we go if we have time to make them…

Lunch for tomorrow 26.02.2015

So the folding isn’t done and put away but Marlee’s lunch for tomorrow is packed after I cooked some savoury biscuits! I am not feeling the best today after a crappy sleep and overall feeling a bit off so cooking is my therapy. I love it! And since going sandwich free for the kids lunches I have kept thinking I should make some sort of savory biscuit to pack in there. Well I did it! I used the recipe from The Road To Loving My Thermomixer and did some alterations by using freshly milled spelt grains for flour, I used homemade chicken stock paste instead of the salt and to give a bit of a chicken flavour and I added some sesame seeds, about two tablespoons of them mixed in. I also left out the herbs and garlic powder I think it was as well. Anyway, they are a success with my son, he is loving them! Now to test Marlee tomorrow at school. I have packed her some plain sour cream to dip them in, capsicum sticks, lettuce rolled up, a sugar free pikelet with butter and an apple soaked i salty water and rinsed before packing to prevent it from going brown. I hope she likes it!


Tomorrow’s lunch 23.02.2015

We had chicken and salad rice paper roll ups for dinner and Marlee agreed to having some in her lunch tomorrow. Problem solved with what to pack instead of a sandwich, yahoo! She also has cheese, a pikelet cut up with butter on it and some of the cheese and Vegemite yogurt dough scrolls we cooked today. I hope she likes it all. I need to go to the shops tomorrow and stock up on capsicums, fruit and a few other things…

Oh and a hot tip a friend of mine told me was to wrap the rice papers in a damp paper towel to keep it moist and from sticking or drying out. When I told Marlee it was wrapped in paper her response was ‘what if I forget to take it off?’ I said well you will be eating paper with your lunch. She laughed and thought it was funny, let’s hope she remembers! 😀


Lunch for tomorrow 20.02.2015

Well I have put it out there as a challenge for myself and anyone who wants to join me- to send sandwich free lunches for the kids in their lunch boxes. Instead of starting next week I thought I would send Marlee’s first official sandwich free lunch tomorrow. Inside I have packed marinated chicken wings, salad, homemade sugar free pikelet with butter and an apple cut up. Yum yum! I hope she enjoys it.