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5 Practical & Nourishing Kids Lunchbox Ideas They Will Love!

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Angela: I’m a mum of two little boys and like Emma I’m very passionate about feeding them wholefood and teaching them about balance and how to fuel their bodies. I love Emma’s practical lunchbox ideas. Over to Emma…

Emma: Just over 1 year ago now school lunches in our house used to look very different from the picture above. How things have changed! It’s so important to me now to feed them truly nourishing meals. The kids weren’t too stoked about it at first and some days they still come home complaining about their lunch, but it is getting easier and I am determined to stick to my guns – this is a battle I WILL win!

Difference in Nutritional Value

I decided to work out the combined nutritional information in “old vs new” lunches in our house and was a little bit shocked. The old had almost 60g of combined sugar which is equivalent to 13tsp or 1/4 of a cup!

sugar kids lunches

Half of this is from the fruit but it is still sugar. I now choose fruit with a lower sugar content and rarely give bananas. The new lunch box has 23g combined sugar = 5 tsp (15g from fruit). It has 66% less carbs, 50% more protein, is higher in saturated fat and lower in sodium. There is less food but because of the nutritional breakdown, it is just as filling if not more so and it will provide sustained energy – not give energy spikes like the old lunch will.

Fuel Their Brains

It is so important to feed kids well in order for them to concentrate in school and have the energy to play at lunchtime and participate in after school activities. Feeding them with sugar and carbs is like putting paper on a fire, it will burn fast then go out. Stoke it up with hard-wood and it will burn long and hot.

Feed your kids GOOD food – additive free, protein, good fats, veggies, fruit and unrefined carbs. This will fill their bellies, fuel their brains and keep their furnaces burning steadily!


Old vs New Lunches

Old Lunch: Fruit yoghurt, potato chips, banana, apple, muesli bar, peanut butter sandwiches, crackers…

New Lunch: Here are some lunches – they are all different so not really a typical week – I will make a batch of something at the beginning of the week and use it for a few days then make something new:

  • MONDAYhealthy kids lunchbox monday
  • Yoghurt blended with 180 Superfood, banana & berries – set in fridge overnight
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Homemade meatballs
  • Sliced orange
  • Sliced avo (tossed in some water and lemon juice to stop going brown)
  • Grain-free Chocolate Muffin
  • FRIDAYhealthy kids lunchbox friday
  • Yoghurt blended with Chocolate 180 Superfood, banana, avocado and berries – set in fridge overnight then topped with frozen raspberries
  • 180 Superfood Nut Bar
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mandarine
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Biltong
  • Small tomato
  • Cheese

Some things I find help:

  • Cut fruit up – kids struggle with getting through a whole piece of fruit
  • Lots of colour makes it interesting and appealing
  • Make baking small – mini muffins, small pieces of cake etc – bite sized is more likely to be eaten
  • Make sure you remember a spoon or fork if needed!
  • Don’t give them too much, lunches like this are much more filling that traditional sandwiches, chips, bikkie etc. so don’t be afraid to not fill up the lunch box!

What we eat DOES matter and the sooner we can teach our kids to eat good food the sooner change will happen! “All social change comes from the passion of individuals”, be one of those passionate individuals – make a change, this is an investment in your children’s future!

Find out more about Emma from Primal Life here.

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