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 Muffins, Buckwheat 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
*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
*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
*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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