By far the hardest part of the school day for parents is organising the kids out the door looking clean, fresh and with a lunch box full of good food.
There’s enough stress in the mornings without having to dice, chop and wrap your way out of the kitchen. To make life a little easier below are some ideas to help you save time in the mornings by making school lunch box items ahead of time.
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Make this Healthy Veggie Dip and send your child to school with a an array of their favourite crunchy vegetables. Kids will have fun dipping into this tasty tub of veggie dip! Click the image for the recipe.
If your kids like dipping, then why not include this yummy Vanilla Fruit Yoghurt Dip to their lunch box with some slices of in season fruit and with the above veggie dip and this they will be well on their way to their daily 2 & 5. Click the image for the recipe.
Sneak some goodness into their lunchbox disguised as a treat! Make and freeze these awesome Raisin Sweet Potato Muffins ready to pop into their lunch box without any morning effort! Click the image for the recipe.
These awesome Toy Story Veggie Pizza Planets are a great healthy themed lunch box addition. Easy to make, easy to bake and super yummy to eat! Click the image for the recipe.
Pepperoni Muffin Bites can easily be altered to suit your child’s likes. Kids don’t like pepperoni? No problem just use ham instead! Some of the comments even suggest using olives for a meat free version. Sure you can have them warm from the oven as an after school snack, but they would freeze well for a great make ahead school lunch box addition too! Click the image for the recipe.
This quick easy basic dinner recipe can double as a lunch time tummy filler. Peas and Bowties in Cheese Sauce is simple, easy and very appealing to the fussy little ones living in your house! Click the image for the recipe.
Utilise your microwave to make these Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (known to us Aussies as Muesli Bars) and your kids will think you are the most awesome parent around! Treats are fine in moderation, and making these yourself means that you know exactly what is going into the bars and can rest easy that this home made yumminess will be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The best bit? It takes under 15 minutes including prep time!!! Click the image for the recipe.
Make your own chips and dip with this Easy Hummus and Pita Chips. Some kids much prefer to be picky eaters and any type of healthy dip will encourage them to nibble more than if presented with a sandwich or wrap. Rather than packing store bought items, why not get your kids to help you whip up this tasty hummus dip and home baked pita chips to include in their lunch … if there’s anything left after they are made! Click the image for the recipe.
If your children like a bit of savoury in their lunch then why not make up some Italian Pasta Salad to pop in their lunch box for school. This one would be great for mum and dad to enjoy on their lunch break too! Click the image for the recipe.
Surprise! Healthy Mini Corn Dog Muffins can be a happy little surprise treat addition to your child’s school lunch box. If you make a good choice in the quality of hot dog you choose this recipe would be great in addition to the veggie dip above and vegetable sticks in your little one’s lunch box. Click the image for the recipe.
You are probably wondering why I am including this Blueberry and Pomegranate Smoothie as a school lunch box idea. Well, if you make this ahead of time and freeze it in a reusable pouch then you can pop them in your children’s lunch box and they will thaw by lunch time giving the kids a healthy energy boost to their day! Click the image for the recipe.
Check out these BPA Free reusable pouches, save money and know exactly what is in your food!
Good things happen when kids are allowed to experiment. These Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Crackers are the result of one little girl helping her mum in the kitchen, and she thinks they were good enough to share! By the sounds of it these would make for a lovely treat in the lunch box or as part of a fancy cheese platter for the parents of an evening … win/win! Click the image for the recipe.
Left over chicken? Make these Easy Chicken Pot Pie Muffins and give your kids a tasty serve of protein and veggies! This recipe really is quick and easy!!! Click the image for the recipe.
If your kids are like mine then sometimes it’s just the simple things that are the biggest winners when it comes time to pack their lunch boxes. Don’t forget the humble ham and cheese sandwich for a make ahead school lunch idea – using fresh bread, assemble and cut sandwiches then wrap individually in foil and place in the freezer.
Do you have any favourite recipes or websites for easy make ahead school lunch ideas?