As parental pressure to create the best school lunch increases year on year, we’ve decided to give you a hand creating school lunches that are nutritional, budget savvy, practical, environmentally sustainable and something that your kid will thank you for, because it’s ‘cool’.

Have a read of our top tips to make your Back to School routine that little bit easier.

What to pack
A healthy lunchbox is very important, as it not only helps your children concentrate and learn but it also teaches them the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and creates a positive relationship with food that should carry through to a healthy adulthood.

As a foundation, a healthy school lunchbox should include a mix of low-GI carbohydrates, protein and some healthy fats. You don’t have to overthink it, as simple combinations often work best for kids like a whole grain wrap with chicken and avocado, vegetable fritters, rice paper rolls, sweet potato and black bean burritos or crunchy fish sticks and veggies.
Where to source it
Remember to source as many fresh, raw ingredients as possible from the likes of Indooroopilly Fruit. If your kid is a little fussy about their veggies, try adding grated carrot, zucchini and celery to your recipes, adding fresh tomatoes and herbs to sauces or simply purchase “greens kidz” probiotics from Health Squared Indooroopilly.

For additional snacks, consider freeze dried fruit, trail mix or make some organic, gluten free, vegan brownies or banana bread, with an easy mix from Go Vita Indooroopilly.

When it comes to recommended servings, don’t worry too much. It’s much better to ensure that your child eats a range of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats rather than measuring out how much they should actually eat.

How to pack a punch

Parents, we know you’re increasingly time poor these days so remember, before school starts, make friends with your freezer and start home baking and freezing. Buy fresh ingredients in bulk and set aside a weekend afternoon to making as many lunch options as possible so that you can freeze meals and defrost them the night before.

We all want a lunch box that makes packing lunch easy and cost effective, keeps the food cold, leads to minimum waste and doesn’t leach toxins into the food. These days, the likes of Biome Indooroopilly offer a wide selection of waste-free lunch boxes, sandwich bags, water bottles and sporks in a wide range of colours that are fun and cool for kids to use. With ice packs and recyclable sticker sets, there’s really nothing you can’t find.

Our 2018 top 5 lunch box must-haves are;

#1: Biome Indooroopilly Planetbox Bento Box sets or Go Vita’s Stainless Steel Bento Snack Boxes – both plastic free with separate compartments to add variety and fun to the lunch without plastic wraps. Plus, you can put them in the dishwasher; what a win!
#2: Biome Indooroopilly Beeswax Food Wraps – a versatile food wrap system that keeps food fresh longer without using plastic wrap. A fun way for your kids to wrap their individual products, plus they’re recyclable so they won’t cost the earth!

#3: Want to keep it cool this summer? PackIt from Biome Indooroopilly have a fantastic range of non-toxic freezable lunch bags with eco-gel liners so that there’s no ice bricks to keep track of. Just pop the bag in the freezer overnight and your meals will stay cool for about 10 hours. While you’re at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, visit Go Vita and check out their Cheeki stainless steel drink bottles that are free of harmful BPA found in plastic bottles. The insulated bottles are great for summer to keep your kid’s water cold.

#4 Avoid unnecessary mess with Biome Indooroopilly’s GoGreen lunch boxes. Luckily for you, they’re completely leak proof with an easy to use lock on the outside to provide a leak proof seal for all internal sections. That yoghurt isn’t going anywhere!

#5 Want to stock up on winter warmers? Biome Indooroopilly have a great range of insulated food jars and insulated lunch boxes that are perfect for keeping food like pasta warm until lunch. Check out the likes of SoYoung, Munch, LunchBots and Goodbyn for heaps of fun designs that your kids will love.