Countdown. Only 72 hours to go until school goes back.
School holidays are wonderful, but as a working parent, holidays take precision organisation and menu planning down to the endless snacks required. There are mountains of clothes to wash, the vacuum is permanently on and not to mention the UN negotiation skills required over tech/TV time. Please tell me, it’s not just me!
So, it is around this time of January, where I can breathe a sigh of relief, high five myself that I made it through the other side. Hopefully you have too!
Now to get ready for school lunches. Do I hear a collective groan? Oh yeah, I hear you, but after the alarming amount of food my boys have consumed these school holidays I am celebrating getting back to lunch boxes. Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea in a box. Done. Kitchen closed.
I confess I don’t do fancy lunch boxes. I experimented for a while doing stuffed lettuce wraps and homemade sushi and the like, but sadly, it came back a sloppy mess in the lunch box. How is one supposed to eat that and bounce a basketball, my child asks?
So, my advice for your sanity and to avoid food wastage. KEEP IT SIMPLE and of course HEALTHY!
Here are some ideas below and as I am not an expert as mentioned, I welcome any other advice and tips from you.
The good ol Salad Sanga
Salad Sandwich, packed with some avocado, tomato, cucumber, tomato, grated carrot, lettuce. Choose your own breads, obviously, something as healthy as possible. We like the La Madre Spelt or GF Precinct Gluten Free mini rolls.
I have a brilliantly easy muffin recipe which I will share below. It’s a banana choc chip recipe, but I have tweaked it slightly to do other varieties like banana and raspberry, orange and poppy seed, blueberry. What you don’t use, hide in freezer. With three boys and a grown man in the house, nothing lasts long out in full view. Freezer is my friend.
Surprisingly the kids enjoy this one. Just mix together a cup of organic oats, some seeds, chopped dates, sultanas, coconut, melt some honey and coconut oil, mix well and bake for 20 mins until lightly cooked and brown on top. Of course, experiment adding some other things like cranberries, dark chocolate and whatever your child fancies. This is a recipe I make up in my head each time, so if you want the recipe, let me know and I can write it down next time.
Chopped Veggie Sticks & Fresh Fruit
Raw carrots, cucumber, beans and snow peas. Apple and grapes are back just in time for school, hoorah. Easy and nutritious raw fruit and veggies are always a winner.
Tub of coconut or natural yoghurt with berries or some passionfruit.
This can be anything such as homemade seed crackers, organic natural corn chips, popcorn or lentil chips.
Hope this helps to get your head around next week and planning for when school returns.