What’s for lunch, kids?

In honour of Plastic Free July, I thought I’d share some of the lunches I’ve made for my children in their stainless steel lunch boxes.  Long-time readers may remember when I shared about reusable sandwich and snack bags – I’m still using the same ones nearly three years later, plus more that my mum made for me from food-grade BPA-free cotton laminate. Imagine how many plastic bags that could have been used just once and then disposed of in that time?

Last week when I put my son’s lunchbox in the fridge at his kindy, I saw a transparent lunchbox belonging to another child in there.  It had half a cake of dry 2-minute noodles and a white cheesy-bacon bread roll.  I know parents are busy, stressed out and time-poor, and perhaps his/her parents maybe aren’t aware that these foods are nutritionally void - somewhere along the way society has compromised the health of our children in the name of convenience. I don’t know what that child had for breakfast or dinner that day. I hope it was nutritious and life-giving.

My children do not have perfect diets. I don’t even know what a perfect diet in the 21st Century looks like – I’m still figuring that one out. But they do have parents who are nutritionally literate because we choose to be, and we do not rely on advertising and marketing to tell us what to eat or how to feed our children. When it comes to packed lunches, it would be easy to throw a whole lot of little packets into a lunchbox, slapped together with a sandwich. But I know enough about health and life to know that the best foods for us don’t have barcodes. I see packed lunches as opportunities to nourish my children, not just fill their tummies.

Here are some of the yummy lunches I have made my children recently. At an estimate, 90%+ of the food in our house is organic, and 100% is free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, so the contents below are  also. My two children have wildly different tastes, so sometimes the two lunchboxes in each picture are similar and sometimes they are entirely different. These lunchboxes (Lunchbots is the brand), do not show their complete lunches. They also have other things on the side, such as yoghurt.

1: Guacamole with flax crackers, lentil sprouts, carrot sticks, kale chips, raw onion bread. 2: Cucumber and carrot sticks, kiwi fruit.

1: Guacamole with flax crackers, lentil sprouts with carrot sticks,  raw onion bread, kale chips,. 2: Cucumber and carrot sticks, cheese squares, kiwi fruit, apple slinky.

1. Sauerkraut, rice pasta with nutritional yeast, lentil sprouts, raw onion bread.  2: pineapple, watermelon.

1. Purple sauerkraut, rice pasta with nutritional yeast, lentil sprouts, raw onion bread. 2: Pineapple and kiwi fruit, watermelon.

1: Kiwi fruit and pineapple, rice wrap, curly carrot and naturally cured ham from a local farm (no nitrites/sulfates). 2:

1: Kiwi fruit and pineapple, rice wrap, curly carrot and naturally cured ham from a local farm (no nitrites/sulfates). 2: Avocado, sauerkraut and kalamata olives, kiwi fruit and pineapple, curly carrots and naturally cured ham.

1: Carrot sticks, dried apricots with spelt puffs, spelt pancakes (Nourishing Traditions recipe), boiled egg. 2: Boiled egg, dehydrated apple rings.

1: Carrot sticks, dried apricots with spelt puffs, spelt pancakes (Nourishing Traditions recipe), boiled egg. 2: Boiled egg, oaty jam biscuit (Jude Blereau recipe) with spelt puffs and pepitas, rice pasta with lentil sprouts, dehydrated apple rings.

1: Watermelon and grapes, cucumber sticks, kalamata olives, apple slinky, spelt crackers. 2:

1: Watermelon and grapes, cucumber sticks with kalamata olives, apple slinky, spelt crackers. 2: Same except no spelt crackers.

1: Rice wraps with raspberry jam, corn puffs with sultanas, world's smallest banana and kiwi fruit. 2: Corn puffs, kiwi fruit and mandarin,

1: Rice wraps with raspberry jam, corn puffs and spelt puffs with sultanas, world’s smallest banana and kiwi fruit. 2: Corn puffs and spelt puffs, rice wraps with raspberry jam, kiwi fruit and mandarin, medley of sunflower seeds, pepitas and sultanas.

1: Banana, carrot sticks, rice crackers, quail egg, spinach dip (to go with the crackers). 2: Cucumber sticks and , carrot sticks and parsley dip, boiled egg,

1: Banana, carrot sticks, rice crackers, quail egg, parsley dip (to go with the crackers). 2: Cucumber sticks and kalamata olives , carrot sticks and parsley dip, boiled egg, rice crackers.

1: Avocado, grapes and watermelon, homemade popcorn with coconut oil and himalayan salt, quail eggs. 2:

1: Avocado, grapes and watermelon, homemade popcorn with coconut oil and himalayan salt, quail eggs. 2: Grapes, watermelon. 3: Carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, quail eggs, homemade popcorn, banana.

This is a picture of one of the reusable lunchbags my mum made for me (the logo is my company as I sold these through my online store until they ran out!)

This is a picture of one of the reusable lunchbags my mum made for me (the logo is my company as I sold these through my online store until they ran out!) Food grade and BPA-free.

About informedmama

I'm an Aussie mum blogging about my parenting journey, toxic chemical-free living, healthful living, nutrition, food as medicine and my learnings as I head towards semi self-sufficiency.
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3 Responses to What’s for lunch, kids?

  1. fabiola says:

    Looks great! I would like to know where do you buy the rsv containers for the lunch.

    Thanks

  2. Vicki says:

    Hi, I’m really interested to find dried sultanas without preservatives. Ive asked at health food stores with no luck- any suggestions?

  3. Renee says:

    You are awesome!! I am very impressed!! Most adults don’t eat that kind of a variety of fruits and veggies. I aspire to be a parent like you one day! (Learning and taking Notes)Thanks for the inspiration, :)

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