Winter Lunch Box Ideas
If we can take anything from the current crazy weather conditions around Australia it is this – we are definitely in the midst of winter.
With Term 3 starting over the next few weeks the quest for healthy, varied and most importantly, yummy lunch options is made a little more difficult with the dropping temperatures.
We all crave warm hearty meals in winter, little ones included. But it’s not easy to pack a lunch box with soups (older kids can manage a thermos of tasty homemade soup and a crusty bread roll) and other winter favourites to take to school.
Time to take the lunch box power back, my friends! Let’s start the new school term feeling inspired with these great winter lunch options.
Grab yourself one of our fab Junior Lunch Bag (personalise for free!!) and throw in some or all of the following:
Pizza. Yep! Pizza can be a great nutritious lunchbox addition. Make with a wholemeal base and top with a heap of fresh winter vegetables like potato, sweet potato, pumpkin and spinach. Use a low sugar tomato paste, add a lean meat and sprinkle with cheese and cook in the oven on about 220C for 10-12 minutes. Make in the morning and keep warm with aluminium foil or an insulated container for your little ones to enjoy at lunchtime.
Frittatas are a great lunch box option as they are easy to make, nutritious and can be kept warm through the day in aluminium foil or an insulated container. Cook your favourite fresh vegetables and lean protein in a pan then cover with eight whisked eggs mixed with finely grated Parmesan. Spread the egg mixture over your veggies evenly and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on low before putting it under the grill for about five minutes. They will keep for up to five days so you’ll have a whole week’s worth of lunch box fillings.
Mix 1 cup self-raising flower, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of milk and 2 x 420g can of drained corn kernels in a bowl. Add your favourite ingredients like crumbed fetta cheese, chives, spinach or anything you like. Cook in a pan until golden on each side. Serve with rocket and avocado for a filling winter lunch box option.
Chopped veg – carrot, cucumber, capsicum or celery sticks with hummus for dipping
Chopped fruit – strawberries, apples, kiwi fruit, oranges, pears or mandarins
Wholemeal rice crackers with cheese
Bite sized mozzarella balls with chopped up cherry tomatoes
Mini muffins made with a range of winter veggies
Vegie chips – replace potato chips with roasted sweet potato, beetroot or kale chips. Easy to make your own, check out the web for lots of quick and tasty options
Popcorn – flavour your own!
Remembering to keep hydrated with filtered water is just as important in winter as it is in summer.
Replace store-bought biscuits with this delicious recipe from my Mum – and get your little monkeys to help you!
Sal’s Super Yummy and Foolproof Banana Bread
100g raw sugar
2/4 ripe bananas – mashed
½ teaspoon bicarb soda
125ml warm milk
250g wholemeal SR flour
Few drops vanilla essence
Set the oven to 190C, grease 2 sandwich tins or one large tin. Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs and mashed banana. Add bicarb dissolved in milk, add flour and mix thoroughly. Bake at 190C for around 45 minutes. Leave to cool for just a few minutes (if possible!) and enjoy a slice with a smear of butter.
Got some super tasty snack or lunch box ideas to share? We’d love to hear your hungry-tummy solutions!
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