This post is sponsored by Tip Top The One Mixed Grains Bread
Both of my older boys love to ‘help out’ (and I use that term VERY loosely!) in the kitchen, especially when it comes to preparing their own meals. Although it can make the process take a whole lot longer, by letting them help make their own sandwiches and pack their own lunch boxes, they are more aware of the foods they are eating and are learning to make good choices – well sometimes anyway! I’ve recently started getting Mr 5 to help pack his school lunch box each morning and his favourite job is definitely choosing what to put into his sandwiches and then making them!
Of course when Mr 4 sees his older brother helping to put his lunch box together for the day, he wants to make one for himself too!
As both of the boys usually choose sandwich fillings which don’t contain a whole lot of nutritional value (jam with butter and grated cheese with BBQ sauce are two of their current favourites) so I try to include a few other snacks that contain some goodness for them, for example they are both currently enjoying a pumpkin, carrot and banana cake for his special treat this week.
I’m also mindful of what type of bread we use for their sandwiches (because in their eyes no lunch box is complete without a sandwich or two!) and we have recently started using Tip Top’s new The One Mixed Grains Bread which contains 4 whole grains (wheat, oats, corn and rice) which were actually picked out by kids (yes, really!) and then turned into a yummy soft bread that the kids love and which is also good for them as it is high in fibre and contains minerals and vitamins that their little bodies need. Trying to get foods that are rich in nutritional value (or have any nutritional value!) into kids can be a tough job sometimes, so it’s comforting to know that I’m sneaking some goodness into their BBQ Sauce and Cheese sandwiches without them even realising it!
I also try to provide the boys with lunch box snacks that contain some nutritional value and at the same time are appealing to them as well.
Some of our favourite Lunch Box Ideas for Kids (approved by my boys) include:
Corn on the Cobb
Banana Bread made into mini loaves
Homemade Muesli Bars
Plain Pasta with grated cheese
Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
Zucchini and Cheese Fritters
Plain Rice Crackers
What are some of your kids favourite lunch box snacks and combinations?