Go Green Lunches

Roundup of Lunches packed in the Go Green from Thursday – Tuesday:

 

St. Patricks’s Day Lunch: Fruit and Veg Rainbow, Cheese Coins, Yoghurt Drops, Corn Cob, Sultanas, Natural Popcorn, Tuna Mayo Sushi, Chicken and Cheese Wrap.

  

Bee Lunch: Coco2 Sandwich, Lindt Choc Bee, Corn Cob, Salami,Chicken, Watermelon, Apple slices, Carrot

  

Dinosaur Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Salami Stick, Raspberries, Strawberries, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Grapes and Watermelon Strawberry Yoghurt

  

Grade 1 Lunch: Coco2 Funbites Sandwich, Apple, Carrots, Corn Cob, Grapes, Yoghurt covered apricots, Natural Popcorn, Organic Orange Juice

  

Grade 1 Star Wars Lunch: Crackers, Coco2 Sandwich, Popcorn, Yoghurt covered Apricots, boiled egg, Salami stick, Grapes, Yoghurt

  

Kindergarten Star Wars Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Salami Stick, Raspberries, Strawberries, Kiwi Berry, Boiled Egg, Cucumber, Yoghurt


– Mel

 

Bear Hunt and Farm Animal Go Green Lunches

  Today’s Lunches are both packed in the Go Green Lunchbox, for my Kinder son I’ve made a Bear Hunt theme because they’ve been discussing this at kinder and he was reciting the story as he fell asleep do I thought it was only fitting to bring that into his Lunchbox: 

  
He has Bear ham sandwiches, Strawberry Hearts, Cucumber and Cherry Tomatoes, Bear shaped Apple slices, Bear boiled Egg and Homemade Choc Yoghurt in the My Squueze Pouch.

For my Grade 1 boy I’ve packed a Farm Animal theme:

 

Apple Slices, Cheese Stick, Ham Pig Sandwich, Organic Farm Biscuits, Raspberries, Carrots, Corn Cob, Chicken Egg and Homemade Choc Yoghurt in Reusable My Squeeze Pouch

  

I picked up these cute Organic animal farm biscuits in the baby food aisle of my supermarket, they were a perfect addition to this lunch.

  

For his boiled egg i cut some carrot and poked it into the egg and added an eye pick, very quick and easy but very cute.

 

– Mel

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

 

Dr. Seuss Day Lunches

Happy Dr. Seuss day! March 2nd is the birthday of a man who is regarded very highly in our household from my own childhood and in my children’s. 

I have many fond memories of learning to read with Suess’ amazing quirky stories and many more of reading them again to my own kids. There is just something about all the quirkiness and fun that draws everybody in and I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t adore his stories. My kids are lucky,  they have “The Cat in the Hat” and “The Lorax” on DVD as well as many well loved stories in our home. What better way to celebrate than by including their favourite stories in their lunchboxes today!

First up is my Kindergarten Boys lunch. Packed in his Kmart lunchbox (I really love this box for kinder) he has “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green eggs and Ham” theme:

  
I started with a vegemite cat sandwich using a cute z cute animal palz cutter, a Hat carved apple, a cheese stick with cat in the hat drawn on the packet, a fruit and veggie yoghurt, Green eggs (I opted for filling them with peas because my kids won’t eat green devilled egg) ham rolls, a blueberry and strawberry Thing 1 and some kiwiberries that have just come into season. 

My Grade 1 Boy has his favourite “The Lorax” and “Green eggs and ham” plus “Cat in the Hat”.

  
Packed in his planetbox is Ham and Pretzel Truffula Trees, yoghurt covered apricot green eggs made with a foodoodler spot, broccoli trees, carrot flowers, cat in the hat cheese stick, green eggs, baby corn and coco2 Lorax sandwich with Gouda cheese moustache (I find Gouda great for not breaking) 

Plus we will share some Seuss favorite stories tonight. 

– Mel

Last School Lunches for 2015

Our first school year has come to an end! I didn’t realise just how busy things get with a little one at school and preparing another for kinder next year. I’m pretty glad it’s holidays now and we can start watching Christmas movies, doing Christmas crafts and baking and of course driving around finding all the Christmas lights πŸŽ„ 

Without further ado here are the last lunchboxes of the school year:

   
Thursday Lunch: gingerbread silicone cup with shredded chicken, popcorn, apricot coconut ball, apple slices, pineapple and strawberry kabob, mini cacao and date balls, yoghurt covered sultanas, twiggy stick, babybel cheese and peas.

 
Friday Lunch: RUDOLPH! My favorite of the Christmas lunches. Rudolph sandwich and boiled egg, apple, peas, apple biscuit, yoghurt covered sultanas, grapes and strawberries and apple and cherry fruit leather in the reindeer rings.

   
Monday Lunch: coco2 candy cane sandwiches, cheese stars, strawberries, peas, bagel crisps, salami stick, boiled egg, grapes and watermelon balls.

 
Tuesday Lunch: leftover butter chicken, apple slices, cacao and raspberry popcorn, apple biscuit, peas, bagel crisps, watermelon and grapes.

   
Wednesday Lunch: my second favourite Christmas lunch. Coco2 Christmas tree sandwich, mini gingerbread people, watermelon kabob, apple slices, carrot stars and strawberries.

 
Thursday Lunch: Last day of Prep Lunch! My sons graduation day lunch has apple slices, twiggy stick, peas, fruit leather squares, babybel cheese, strawberries and coco2 star sandwiches.

  
As it was graduation day we had a special Christmas class party farewell and were asked to bring a plate. My son had requested something healthy because some kids might want fun healthy food…he’s so sweet sometimes! I made up the watermelon Christmas trees by buying a whole watermelon and cutting into large discs then going along with a Christmas tree cookie cutter making the shapes. I think they turned out really cute and they were a hit because the kids gobbled them all up! 

Is your school year almost at an end? Do you have a platter to make? Hopefully I’ve given you some healthy ideas to work with. It doesn’t have to be difficult to be cute 😊 stay tuned for healthy fun food over the holidays!

– Mel

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

Witch Halloween Lunch

It’s the last school week before Halloween! That means 5 more Halloween Lunches. I’ve started the week with a witch theme. 

  

Today’s lunch is packed in the Boon Cargo. I love how the sandwich is central and everything else surrounds. At the sides he has a boiled egg with alpha letters, babybel cheese with a “W” for Witch, apple slices and grapes. 

  

His sandwich has a plastic cupcake topper and cat pick with foodoodler cauldron drawn on. Behind the sandwich are star biscuits I made yesterday. 

  
Up the top of the lunchbox he has peas, witches broom made from a twiggy stick and ham with a wrap band to secure it, carrot stars and another lunchbox note from these Free Halloween Joke Printables at artsyfartsymama. 

  
Finished off with a banana for fruit break and packed in his freezable lunch bag. 

– Mel

Thomas Yumbox

Today’s lunch is packed in the yumbox panino. I find it easier to work with than the original yumbox. I went with my sons favorite thing ever…Thomas the Tank. 

  

The peas were a huge hit yesterday and he requested them again today. I used the Thomas boiled egg shaper on his egg, it is probably the best egg mould I’ve used the shape always turns out. Train picks in his grapes and a “T” in his babybel.

  

A Thomas theme is a little hard so I used a Train sandwich cutter, added alpha letters and some Thomas baran. 

  

Plus a Banana for fruit break with a little message of course (he loves them) and it was done! 

  
I try to do a train or Thomas lunch occasionally because my son gets so excited, maybe I’ll think of more train ideas by the next one! 

– Mel

Paw Patrol Lunch

Friday fun: Paw Patrol! Today’s lunch is packed in the Boon Cargo. 

Mr. Prep has: Marshall sandwich, Cheese Bones, strawberry and grape mini kabobs, carrot bones, boiled egg and sultanas in the mini tub.

  
Yesterday I found a bone shape cookie cutter and knew that I could finally do the paw patrol lunch I’d been thinking of. I used the bone cutter on the carrot and cheese. 

  
The cutter I used for his sandwich was the LunchPunch dog kennel from the Critters pack. It was pretty cute as it was but then I added the spots and hat with foodoodlers and the result is super cute!

  
Add in some puppy picks and alpha letters and it was done. Paw Patrol is one of the shows my son really loves so I know he’s going to be one happy boy at lunchtime today! 

– 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