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This year we entered the world of kindy lunch boxes and to say it’s been eye opening is an understatement! Within the first couple of weeks of starting kindergarten, our little guy had a loooong list of requests for his lunchbox based on what his friends were eating and he also started bringing home the majority of his lunchbox contents which is out of character for him.
In the hope of him actually eating something, I agreed to some of his requests and let him help me pick out the fruit, biscuits and dip that he wanted. However, one of the things I had the biggest problem with was his request for ‘white sandwiches’ like his friends. It seems after eating wholemeal and wholegrain bread for practically his entire life he suddenly developed an aversion to it. In an attempt to have an empty lunch box brought home for just one day, I decided to try the new Tip Top Extra Protein white bread.
I couldn’t resist trying it myself and have to admit that eating a slice of thick white toast smothered in butter and jam took me straight back to being a kid (and already has me planning to make a bread and butter pudding which I haven’t done in YEARS!) and I also couldn’t help myself (I’m blaming pregnancy hormones) from making a couple of slices of fairy bread! My husband obviously thought the same as he managed to work his way through half a loaf in just a day thanks to his addiction to egg and bacon toasties and leftover veggies on toast!
While the fact that we all enjoyed the bread is great, most importantly, when I made a honey and banana sandwich (yep, that is what he asked for!) to pop into his lunchbox using Tip Top Extra Protein Bread, it came home nearly all gone – win!
Tip Top Extra Protein Bread satisfies both of our needs; our little guy is eating all of his sandwich for lunch and I’m happy that he is getting a boost to his daily protein intake (one serve contains 20% of an average adults daily protein needs) plus fibre to help keep him going throughout his day. Tip Top Extra Protein Bread is the first protein white loaf bread inAustralia . It also has no added sugar, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, but most importantly, it tastes no different to regular white bread.
I was pretty confident that I wasn’t the only one who has lunchbox battles with their kids, so I put the call out on Facebook for some tips and favourite kids sandwich fillings (which are still enjoyed by adults too) and received some great advice.
Tips to help your kids bring home an empty lunchbox
- Involve them when doing the grocery shopping to pick out fruit, yoghurt and other snacks that they like.
- Ask for their help when putting their lunchbox together in the morning (or the night before) so that they feel involved and have some input in their food choices.
- Pick your battles; if you know they will bring home the banana you pack but will eat the homemade muesli bar, pack that instead.
- If you make snacks for them to take, smuggle in veggies and other good stuff where you can – my kids love eating cheesy pikelets that contain finely grated zucchini!
21 Sandwich Filling Ideas that are guaranteed to be eaten (and enjoyed!) by the kids!
Cheese and sauce
Grated carrot and cheese
Chicken, cheese and mayo
Banana and honey
Ham and pineapple
Mashed banana sprinkled with cinnamon
Ricotta cheese, sultanas and grated carrot
Ham with tomato chutney
Roast lamb/beef or chicken with apple sauce
Ham, cheese and pickles
Nutella and banana
Carrot and cucumber
Vegemite and avocado
Grated cheese and vegemite
Ham and cheese
Strasburg and tomato sauce
Grated carrot, grated cheese and sultanas
Chicken and avocado
Salami and lettuce
Tip Top Extra Protein Bread is available in all Woolworths, Coles and Independent grocery stores RRP $4.49. For more information about Tip Top Extra Protein white bread, visit the Tip Top website or Facebook Page.
What are your kids favourite sandwich fillings? Do you have any tips for making sure your kids eat their lunch at school?