Go Green Lunches

Go Green has been the lunchbox choice this week and I’ve enjoyed working with it packing larger things which I’m usually restricted   to fit in our other lunchboxes. 

Here are the rest of my Grade 1 boys lunches from this week: 

 

Coco2 Dinosaur Sandwiches, Melty Egg, Banana, Strawberries, Slinky Apple, Yoghurt Covered Apricots and Nudie Orange Juice

  

Top and Tailed Banana, Starwiches, Apple Slices, Grape and Raspberry Kabob, Star Carrots, Corn Cob, Salami Stick, Babybel and Smoothie in MySqueeze

  

Tuna Corn and Mayo Pita Pocket, Orange, Slinky Apple, Melty Egg, Peas and Vanilla Yoghurt

 

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Turtle Yumbox Lunch

Today’s Turtle lunch for my Prep Boy is packed in the Yumbox Panino.

  

A lot of our boxes and lunches are green and there’s a good reason for it, it’s my sons favorite colour! If you have any experience with children with Autism you would know exactly how fanatical they can be about things. For us it’s everything being his favorite colour or character (Thomas) among a million other things but this one is easy for me to accommodate. Luckily most lunchboxes come in green and so much healthy food is green! Broccoli and peas are two of his favorite foods. Anyway I just thought some of you might be wondering why everything is always so green 😊 back to the lunch! 

  

For this half of his lunch he has blueberry, banana and apple yoghurt with grapes on top, peas and a boiled egg with foodoodler shell and alpha picks. 

 
The main part of lunch: a pita pocket turtle shell drawn on with foodoodler pen filled with roast chicken, grated carrot and cheese, sugar snap pea legs, grape head with eye pick and salami stick. 

  

And finished off with an adorable tiny apple for fruit break. 

This lunch didn’t take very long to make, less than 15 mins. For those people who continually ask “Who has time for that?” I DO! I make the time, it really is only a little extra when you consider it still takes time to make lunch anyway and I don’t get to be with my son at school so this is a way of sending something that he will be excited for, gets him eating healthy food easily because it’s fun, he doesn’t get jealous of the kids with fun packet food anymore because his lunch is much more fun to him now.

I make these lunches at night after the kids are in bed and I LOVE IT! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy making my kids lunch but you can see by the effort I put in it really does bring me joy knowing that smile he has when he sees his lunch.

 Don’t let anyone make you feel less or like you are trying to outdo anyone if you put extra effort into your kids lunches, and if you don’t make lunches like this don’t feel attacked when people do! We are all just trying to get our kids to be healthy and doing what we do. For this artist mama I don’t get time to paint or draw or create like I did before kids so this is me getting out some creativity while my kids reap the benefits of that. Making lunches is no longer a monotonous thing for me and I think that is awesome considering how many lunches we will make for our kids in their schooling years! Come on mamas we need to support and encourage each other, not question why someone does something a certain way. It may not be the norm for you but it’s the norm for me and if I can inspire even just one other person to get their kids eating healthier, that is winning.

Support and love to you all whether you make bento lunches or not, you are doing a great job! 

– Mel

Mummy Bentgo Halloween Lunch

Today’s lunch is packed in the Bentgo Kids. I went with a mummy theme today and I think it turned out really cute, my son is really going to love this one!

It matches so well with the green Bentgo Kids too, my sons favorite colour is green so he loves it when I pack lunch in this one.

With his egg I sliced it uneven and twisted each slice around so it looked like mummy wrapping, add some eyes and you have an instant mummy! I’m trying peas for the first time in his lunch today, they are one of his top foods so I’m hoping they get gobbled up. I just used frozen ones and they will be thawed by now so they’re ready to go.  I made cacao and date protein balls yesterday and it’s a recipe I haven’t tried before but they turned out well and my youngest has already proclaimed they are YUMMY! Let’s hope my eldest agrees.

Slinky apples are another of his top foods and I thought it would go perfect with the mummy theme, again just add eyes and instant mummy! I used one of our Happy Halloween Picks in his dried apricots to bring some colour through.

I added another of the super cute Free Halloween Lunch Box Jokes from artsyfartsymama.

And my favourite part of the lunch: his Mummy Wrap. It’s a ham, cheese and carrot wrap using a wrap band to hold it together and I trimmed the excess then sliced them to be the mummy wrapping. No wastage and my son will eat it all, add some eyes and the mummy is so so cute! Plus some carrot sticks and alpha letters and this lunch is done.

I really enjoyed making this one, some days the ideas just flow and I have to pick only a few to fit in the lunchbox but it has come together really well. It may just be one of my favourite lunches so far, and I’ve made ALOT of lunches so it’s exciting to still get that excitement for them. I let my creativity run free and it works perfectly for us because when his lunches are fun my son will easily eat them up and enjoy his healthy food. That’s a Mum win in my book.

What do you do to take the mundane out of packing lunches and get the kids eating healthy? I’d love to hear what works in your family too!

– Mel

Lion Lunch

I’ve been wanting to do a lion lunch for my son for a while now, and today was finally the day! 

  
This lunch is packed in the boon cargo. I love that the main meal is central and everything else surrounds it.

  
The lion has a spiralised carrot mane and sandwich face, which I placed in a silicone cup so it won’t be soggy when he eats it!

  
I added alpha letters, lion baran and picks to carry through the theme.

  
I used a lion cutter on his watermelon, I find that watermelon works well with an imprint cutter. 

  
He also has a cacao and chia protein ball, corn on the Cobb, salami stick, apple slices, strawberries, babybel cheese and a banana for fruit break.

  
My little lion man will be happy today!

– Mel

Wednesday Bentgo Lunch

Today I packed my sons lunch in his green Bentgo Kids. I went with a happy fruit theme.

  
I used the cute fruits baran and little forks to give it some character, plus our favourite eyes in his protein ball. 

  
I cut his carrots into little apples using a mini cutter, so much better than plain carrots apparently!

  
I put one of the mini forks in his egg , he loves when I add a fork for egg.

  
Banana for fuit break again, I write on them with a nikko (permanent texta) so quick and effective.

   
 
All packed up and ready to go in the PackIt cooler bag again, the first thing my son has allowed me to use to cool his lunch! Thank goodness as well because it’s coming into summer and he will not let me use ice bricks. 

– Mel

Monday Yumbox Puzzle Lunch

Today I have made my Prep Boys Lunch in his Yumbox Original. The theme I went with is “Puzzle”. 

  
One of my sons favorite things (apart from Thomas the Tank) is puzzles! So when we got the lunch punch set of Puzzle sandwich cutters they quickly became a favorite bento item of ours.

  
I used the puzzle cutter on his sandwich and his cheese, it looks so effective plus they actually go together so that’s fun for him at lunch time. 

  
I used these puzzle picks to make some mini fruit kabobs out of grapes and strawberries.

  
I also added some alpha letters to spell puzzle in his egg, my son loves it when I add words to his lunch!

  
And lastly for his Fruit Break he has a Slinky Apple, always a winner 😊 

I find making special lunches makes it easier for me because I get excited about what I’m going to pack instead of dreading it. It’s a creative outlet for me and it has really helped my son to love his healthy food. 

– Mel

Boon Cargo – Lunchbox Series

Part 2 of the Lunchbox Series: Boon Cargo. This is also one of the first boxes I ever got. (Boon trunk and cargo and a original Yumbox) this one has become one of my most favorite boxes to pack in. The shapes of the compartments are really easy to work with once you learn what fits, it can fit a whole sandwich which I think is our favourite thing as well as everything surrounding the main lunch item is really cool. Now the first lunch I ever made in this was not so great, I had no experience with such a cool lunchbox but I learnt pretty quick. 
 

The second was much the same:
 
Now those were over a year ago, I’ve put them in this post to show you that anyone can get up to the point where my lunches are now, I wasn’t very good at the start and over the past year have really learnt how to pack awesome lunches (my sons think so anyway!) We all have to start somewhere though and this was it for me. 

Now onto some from this past year, at the start I was still learning but as you can see through the progression of pictures you get better (and quicker!) each time.
 

Term 1

 
 

Term 1

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 2

 
 

Term 3

 
 

Term 3

 
 

Term 3

 
  
As you can see the way I make lunches has changed quite a bit over the year. I’ve learnt what foods my son eats and doesn’t, I’ve gotten more bento tools along the way which makes making lunch more fun and I’ve worked out what works well in this lunchbox. I’ve also learnt how to take better pictures! The Boon cargo is one I use at least once a week because it’s really easy to use, holds quite a bit of food and I love the layout. Do you own a boon Cargo? I hope you’ve learnt some new tips and tricks from our pictures! Next up is the yumbox…

– Mel

School Excursion Lunch

Today my Prep boy is off for an excursion. We were instructed to pack a litter free lunch, now this to us is no big deal because our lunches are always litter free. (The odd banana skin or babybel wax is about it) Number one for the environment, but also for saving money. How many sandwich baggies would be needed even just for 1 child! as opposed to a sandwich container or as we like to use a sectioned lunchbox. Saves you money in the long run, easier for kids as there’s nothing to try and open or need help opening plus it teaches them that we can reduce, reuse and recycle. Old containers can be recycled after their many years of use.

 I read once in a Tupperware catalogue that just by using cling film for their sandwich will use 2,000 metres per year! Or one sandwich container that can be recycled at the end of it’s use. Anyway just something to think about because I heard a lot of parents complaining about needing to pack litter free. 
  
Now onto the lunch! Today I packed it in his yumbox panino. I made a special “bus” sandwich because they are taking a bus to the excursion so I know he will love that. He also has grapes, shredded ham, sugar snap peas, crackers, cacao chia ball, corn on the cob, carrot trees, dried apricots and a boiled egg.

  
I cut out little squares in the cheese and popped some cute animal picks in so they are riding the bus! My son also loves reading so I added the word Bus. 

  
The chia and cacao balls are still going which is a nice addition of protein for all the bush walking they will be doing today!

  
I’ve also packed 100% real juice in his popper and a banana yoghurt in the little mashies. I also added another lunch note from these Free Printables, he’s been loving the little notes.

   
   
All packed and ready to go! I hope this post has helped with a few tips on packing litter free lunches and how we use our reusable items. Is your school litter free? Or are you thinking about making the change to litter free lunches even though the school isn’t? It’s much easier than you’d think. If you have any questions feel free to ask. 

– Mel