Once we get back to school, and normal routine the biggest headache in a household can quickly become school lunch-boxes.
I am lucky – very lucky, and very grateful – that this is not something that I do. My hubby is the lunchbox person, and our children, and I am forever thankful that I don’t have this job. I really, really hate it. I was that kid, that hid my sandwiches, that hated the slightly warmed up bread, and the way that the jam soaked into it, causing the taste to be a bit weird. I hated the bruising that fruit seemed to forever have, and I was not someone who ever wanted to inflict that nightmare onto my children.
However I do see, that my husband does do a great job at keeping it healthy, at following the school rules of no packaging, and at keeping the kids happy – we don’t have rotting sandwiches growing into the kids schoolbags or under their beds.
I also know that this is the time when it feels easy to just buy the easy option from the supermarket, and get the ultra packaged unhealthy alternatives that are so easy to pack in lunchboxes, there is no fear of them going mouldy as they have so many preservatives in them, and the kids at least will eat them.
The philosophy that we have in our home, is to eat the same food that we did through the holidays, sandwiches, fruit, nuts, dried fruit, crackers and spreads, a couple of biscuits here and there. There is a couple of reasons for this:
- the kids are used to eating a certain kind of food for fuel and they function really well with it
- unhealthy foods often make it tricky for kids to concentrate – the highs and lows of the sugar rush
- schools are more and more health conscious and it’s a good thing!
So despite the temptation to do things easy – try and be creative instead with the healthy stuff that your kids like – or ask around your friends what they do. If your kids lunchbox looks like their friends one, then sometimes that’s all it takes to get them to eat something that they may not have if you were around.