Hi Mom’s, well can you believe that we are already charging towards the end of January!
Our kids have started school and we are getting into the swing of things.
Just recently I have been reading a lot of articles on School Snack’s, as this is one of my biggest bug bears with the kids going back to school, but I find that although they give us great idea’s, they either require you either have a lot of time on your hands, lots of money to spend on School Snacks or they are full of great ideas of things that I know for sure that my kids would never eat, like raw broccoli and dipping sauce.
I decided to share with you what I find works the best.
Step one: purchase a 6 can cooler box for them to keep their lunch boxes in. This works for a few reasons. It ensures that the food remains nice and cool, especially if they will need their snack for after school sport. Secondly it helps them to remember to put all their lunch boxes back in the cooler box, so they don’t lose any of them.
Step two: Instead of one lunch box, go to the plastic shop and purchase a few smaller tubs, this will enable you to keep the food separate so that you don’t end up with a mushed-up mess of spilt yoghurt on the sandwiches. It will also help you to be able to buy larger bags of items and decant them. This is always cheaper than buying mini bags of items.
Step three: Plan. Make a list of all the items that your children enjoy for snack time and once you have your list, you can group them into a balanced diet. This will also stop you giving them the same thing every day, or spending far too much time in the kitchen in the morning trying to decide what you are going to pack. I then place my planned list on the calendar so I know exactly what I need to buy for the coming week, and what I am packing for the next day.
Daily Snack packed into the individual lunch boxes should include the following groups:
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE
Please feel free to click on the below link and print a copy.
I have grouped together a few food ideas that I find work really, well and are quick and easy to do.
Here are a few other ideas: Invest in a mini cupcake maker, I got mine from Clicks and they are currently on sale for R175.00 well worth every penny. Purchase some mini cupcake cases, place them in the machine spoon in your muffin mixture and in 10 minute’s you will have some tasty healthy muffins. I will admit, that I do cheat and buy the readymade muffin mix, and the mixture lasts in the fridge for 3 days. If you have an air fryer, you can make sausage rolls from frozen or baby pork sausages in under 15 minutes, it takes me longer to drink my coffee.
Just one other point to remember, if you find that your child keeps on bringing home a full lunch box, instead of wasting your money, why not send them to school with a shake bottle with the correct amount of water in it and some Ensure shake. This is a balanced diet and it is far healthier for them to have something in their tummy.
If you would like any more ideas, or have some great ones of your own, please feel free to share your comments. We love to hear from you other amazing Mom’s.