Packing healthy and tempting lunchboxes everyday can be a real challenge for parents, especially if you are packing several lunchboxes and/or have fussy eaters. When they come back empty though and they ask for the same again the next day, you know you’ve got it right.
The #FloraLunchbox Challenge, sponsored by Flora, is all about packing delicious and healthy lunchboxes. Flora has created a meal planner to help you put together tasty and nutritious lunchbox combinations. A Flora-commissioned University of Leeds study recently revealed that only 1.6% of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets the nutritional standards set for school meals, with just 17% of lunches containing any kind of vegetables or salad, which is quite shocking really. Flora wants to change that!
If you are struggling with either what to put in a lunchbox and/or trying to entice your children to actually eat what you pack up for them, the Flora lunchbox tips are well worth exploring. They can offer advice on dealing with fussy eaters, lunchbox meal planners, recipes, tips for getting children to eat veggies, and there is even a section on sandwich art.
Every Flora tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children. Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society. This is a great addition for families also contending with allergies and intolerance.
Two of the children currently take a packed lunch to school. My approach this year has been to use lunchboxes like the Sistema lunchboxes with a range of compartments. I try to keep the lunches varied and colourful to keep it interesting and recently I have been packing wraps with a range of things for the children to make their own up.
One of the children can be quite picky and the make-your-own approach has helped with that. Carrot batons are a firm favourite, as are hard boiled eggs. Strawberries and blueberries go down well too and we might even go down the pasta salad route for a bit of variety this term.
How do you approach lunchboxes? What are your biggest lunchbox wins this term?
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here .