Need some wholefood lunch box ideas? Me too! I’ve seen loads of posts floating around FB but I thought I’d just go straight to the source and ask the gorgeous Kristin ‘Mamacino’. She does this like, every day. Check out her ideas below and grab her stunning Summer Meal Plan and Inspiration Guide eBook for more delicious wholefood meal ideas.
1. Be truthful, how do you feel when school goes back?
Usually relieved! I must say, I love the school holidays and living by the beach means lots of time spent in the sun and surf, however, after almost two months at home, my children are usually climbing the walls by the end of the holidays and I’m always happy to reinstate a sense of routine and get back so me time, if you know what i mean!
2. So, tell me, what goes in your kids lunch boxes? Can you give us some ideas?
As a teacher and a mum of three, I have had a lot of experience with school lunch boxes! My advice is keep it simple. It’s really important that kids refuel at school and I make sure this happens by providing real food they like to eat.
Kids are busy at school! Play time is priority so make lunches quick and easy to eat.
In the summer, the lack of refrigeration can be a problem so unless you have a really fantastic insulated lunch box, leave the egg and tuna salad for an after school snack.
The kinds of things I add to my kid’s lunch boxes are:
• Sandwiches or wraps with quality ham or leftover chicken, hummus, grated carrot and lettuce
• Diced organic tasty cheese
• Home made or store bought seed crackers
• Dips like hummus or avocado
• Veggies such as carrot, cucumber, celery and cherry tomatoes cut into bite size pieces
• Lots of fruit like grapes, bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries and pears
• Home made muffins or cookies
• Hard boiled eggs
• Home popped organic popcorn
• Sometimes soups or pasta in a thermos in winter (for my older ones)
3. In terms of preparation, what are your tips?
Well, as we all know as Mums, being organised in next to Godliness! I make most of the lunches the night before and just add the fresh things like sandwiches or wraps in the morning.
Baking some muffins or cookies on a Sunday afternoon always pays off and if I’m really on my game, I’ll even chop the veggies and store them in the fridge in air tight containers ready to grab and go.
Giving some thought to what you make for dinner and aiming to have some leftovers like roast chicken is a great bonus too – that’s where meal planning comes in handy!
4. It’s summer, fruit is abundant. Can you give me an insight into how you are using it?
We love fruit in our family, especially summer fruit and yes, it is always in abundance here. We eat fruit a lot for snacks – throwing some cold nectarines and peaches into the beach bag is always well received!
I go to the Farmers Market and buy the ‘seconds’ of organic blueberries and strawberries in large quantities to store in the freezer for smoothies and baking.
I also love to use fruit in my muffins and desserts. With a little planning and fore thought, it’s really rewarding to utilise all the fresh, seasonal produce you invest in and not let it wilt away in the bottom of the fridge.
In my new Summer Meal Plan and Inspiration Guide eBook, I share lots more of my tips about how to make the most of healthy produce and whole food ingredients and how to get organised in the kitchen. Dishes like my strawberry and Banana muffins (gluten + dairy free) and my Summer Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble (gluten + dairy free) are featured along with lots more breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack ideas and options.
Thank you to Kristin for the help!
PS. Her eBook is only $6.95 peeps – and it’s seriously good. Now I can’t wait for the autumn one xx