It’s that time of year again. The kids are back to school and parents are working hard to fill lunchboxes with delicious and nutritious options. Trying to pack an interesting school lunchbox day in, day out is the bane of many parents’ life. But having a Thermomix® makes the task so much easier – all you need is a few simple recipe ideas up your sleeve.
Clinical Nutritionist, Jess Clayden, recommends aiming for the trifecta of fibre, protein and fat when pulling together a packed lunch. Below she’s shared some of her top recommendations for each food group.
Let’s be honest, the carbohydrate portion of the lunchbox is usually the most popular. Where possible choose whole grains or gluten free grains like spelt, buckwheat, oats and quinoa to help your little one get all the energy they need without the post carb crash. This Seeded spelt bread loaf is a great option.
You’ll also load up on fibre by including as many brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as you can manage. Pairing these with a delicious dip often helps them get eaten!
Adding some healthy fats into lunchboxes will help to stabilise energy levels along with providing some much-needed brain fuel! Avocado, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and homemade dips like hummus are great sources. While nuts usually aren’t allowed in lunchboxes, they make a great after school snack.
Many lunchboxes are lacking in protein. It’s tricky to keep cool in Summer and many kids go through a ‘no meat’ phase at some stage. But protein is important for keeping energy levels even throughout the day. Some ideas include hardboiled eggs (if your school allows), canned tuna or salmon, ham, edamame beans, tofu, yoghurt or chia puddings.
Hot tip: Have a go making these Seeded sheet crackers at home. They're packed full of plant based protein and are sooo much cheaper than store bought alternatives. Pairing your crackers with legume based dips like hummus or White bean dip also helps to up the protein count.
OUR FAVOURITE LUNCHBOX RECIPE IDEAS
Grab and go lunch recipes
The whole family will enjoy these options, which can be made ahead and popped into your lunch bag before you run out the door.
With your Thermomix, you can easily create café-worthy snacks at home often at a fraction of the price, and without some of the additive and preservatives found in packaged snacks.
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