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The holidays are coming to a close – time to think about what to put into school lunch boxes and after-school snacks!

I’ve updated this list from the blog archives, adding more suggestions and recipes. There is a mix of gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free and low sugar ideas.

Feel free to add any other suggestions in the Comments below.

*Home-made popcorn (we drizzle with hemp oil and sprinkle sea salt)

*Smoothies ~ like this one

*Any of these muffin recipes can be converted to Mini Muffins ~ Berry Chocolate Chunk MuffinsBuckwheat Banana Chocolate Muffins or Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins for the sweet tooth or Savoury Coconut Flour Muffins for something different

*Chopped fresh pineapple or other fruit in season

*Chopped carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower

*Trail Mix Cookies for active, older kids

*Boiled eggs (ideal to keep a stash in the fridge)

*Raw balls made in the Thermomix or high speed blender, like these Choc Chip Hemp Seed Balls

*Sourdough bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar

*Quesadilla with beans and cheese ~ made in the morning and wrapped in foil for lunch

*Toast with almond butter

*Lunchbox Chicken Balls ~ make in the beginning of the week for a quick lunchbox standby

*Corn thins with avocado, dip or nut butter

*Nut butter and banana ‘sushi’ (tortilla with smashed banana and nut butter rolled up and cut into sushi lengths)

*French toast or Banana Cinnamon French Toast

*Homemade veggie soup

*Baked beans and grated cheese

*Banana Nutbutter Sandwiches

*Pasta, olive oil and grated veggies

*Baked potato, salsa and melted cheese

*Happy Crackers and hummus

*Nacho Cheese Hummus ~I’ve tried this recipe a couple of times, as a quirky change from regular hummus

*The Life-Changing Crackers ~ like Happy Crackers, these take a bit of prep and work but they last for ages and are yummy

*Ants on a log ~ celery sticks with nut butter and sultanas

*Leftovers ~ soups and stews can go in a mini-Thermos, burgers and other hand-held food go straight into the lunchbox 

*Double Choc Chip Cookies ~ nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, low sugar

*Fresh date

*Frozen peas

*Blueberries, oats and yogurt (dairy or coconut)

*Anzac Biscuits ~ nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, low sugar

*Flower Eggs ~ cut red capsicum (pepper) into rings and place in lightly oiled fry pan. Crack an egg in the middle and cook till set. Will look like this.

*Eggy Bread ~ cut a large rectangle in two pieces of sourdough bread, place in a lightly oiled pan and crack an egg in the centre of the hole. Flip when set and cook till firm. Wrap in foil.

*Sweet potato fries

*Chocolate Dream – when only creamy, rich chocolate pudding will do the job.


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