Roundup of the latest Lunches packed in the Yumbox and Bentgo Kids:
It was a short week for the first week back in grade 1 for my boy. Big adjustments after the holidays so I just did some simple lunches without many picks to ease him back in.
If your kids returned to school this week I hope it went well.
After a massive day yesterday I didn’t get home until very late so lunch was a quick one again. I used the Yumbox Original to pack Friday’s Lunch.
Today’s lunch is packed in the Yumbox Panino as requested by my son yesterday.
I have a massive day today with an autism workshop and appointments afterwards and was lacking much needed sleep, so this lunch only took 5 minutes. Still super cute though, you don’t have to spend long making lunches for them to be healthy and fun.
It’s Minion Madness in my boys Yumbox today! The Yellow Ananas Yumbox was a perfect match for the minion theme.
The second half of lunch has corn off the cob, organic popcorn and yoghurt covered sultanas we picked up at a local deli yesterday my son was so excited for something new in his lunchbox! The eyes in the corn are from a minion toy my youngest broke and I thought they’d be such a cute addition.
Thursday at our school is tuckshop day and they don’t have many healthy options and of those couple of things (fruit salad cup, boiled egg and salami stick) I can make that at home. So while the other kids are chowing down on their tuckshop my son will have his cool minion lunch! He never feels like he is missing out and has never asked for tuckshop because he knows it’s not healthy food we eat.
This lunch was very simple but the printables make it awesome. I printed them and cut them out ready during the day so that it was quick when it came time to make 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.
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!
Thursday Lunch is a spooky eyeball theme packed in the yumbox panino.
A while ago I saw a blog post on Eats Amazing for the Eyeball Sandwich Tutorial and knew it would be perfect for Halloween Lunches.
They turned out awesome! Not difficult either. I decided to make it into a scary face so added strawberries for the cheeks, a carrot nose, grape face and apple slices with vampire teeth for the mouth.
My third attempt at the marbled egg was a success, you need to leave it soak in the water for over an hour, left longer the colour would have been even more vibrant. The other eyeball is a babybel cheese with a grape slice pupil and foodoodler veins. I also added peas with an eye pick, sugar snap peas and a salami stick and a black Happy Halloween pick to complete it.
Now to think of what to do for tomorrow’s lunch!
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!
Today I have made my Prep Boys Lunch in his Yumbox Original. The theme I went with is “Puzzle”.
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.
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’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.