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Lunchbox Love

If you find yourself in panic mode leading up to the start of school, wondering what to pack in the kid’s school lunchbox everyday – you are not alone. Having an empty lunch returned at the end of the day is a big challenge. Not to mention meeting school guidelines around being litter-free, nut-free and healthy. Combine all that with fussy eaters, a busy life and the temptation of pre-packaged options and any parent would struggle! 

Lunchbox preparation should focus on variety. Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables, wholegrain breads or crackers and some protein with only the occasional sweet treat. Branch away from boring old sandwiches with tempting alternatives like wraps, rice paper rolls or easily homemade dips with veggie sticks. 

Make a plan and back it up with a fantastic shopping list to ensure you have all the necessary elements to avoid daily stops at the supermarket. Try out creative ways to present the food, such as bento lunch boxes. They are great for cutting down on plastic containers and packaging waste. Involve your kids in the decision making, test recipes out on the weekends and learn their favourites.

Better still…get the kids involved. Start trialling some recipes and ideas as a fun “holiday activity” so that you can actively involve your children in the process. 

Get started with these inspiring ideas:

  • Get your school interested in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation programs which teach kids positive food habits, practical garden skills and all with links to the curriculum.
  • Check out taste.com.au kids healthier lunch box ideas recipe collection for some delicious lunchbox options
  • Raisingchildren.net.au has a straightforward guide to packing healthy lunches for children
  • Subscribe to Healthy Little Foodies weekly email where a mum qualified in food science and marketing and teaching shares a recipe index, videos, ebooks, lunchbox tips and more.
  • Visit Sunshine Coast Libraries YouTube channel how to make beeswax wraps for a sustainable, environmentally friendly way to pack lunches.

Explore these resources for more lunchbox inspo.

Books

Reserve these titles and collect from your local library:

View the help guide for reserving items. Libraries will alert you when an item is ready for collection. If you are not member, join online.

eBooks 

Fill those lunchboxes with ideas from these eBooks:

Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.

eMagazines

Get inspiration with these eMagazines:

  • The Australian Women’s Weekly Food
  • Taste.com.au
  • Super Food Ideas
  • Recipes+
  • Healthy Food Guide
  • Your family

To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.

eMovies

Stream these kids and food Kanopy documentaries:

To set up a Kanopy account to access more films for free: First time customer: select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address. Repeat customers: login to Kanopy using your email and Kanopy password.

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