Parenting

School lunch ideas on a budget

So with school starting soon, and being a first time grade 1 mom, I’m sure there are tons of moms like me, wondering “WTF” when to comes to healthy balanced lunchbox ideas to pack for the kids. Keep in mind, I need to pack in a meal for aftercare as well. So with a stack of recipe books to keep me company, pen, paper and colourful tags, time to get cracking…

Note: If your kid is anything like mine, she hates boring food – and also some days, she won’t even touch bread “because she can“. Below is my plan of action to ensure she gets her nutritional and fulfilling fix.

This is just for term 1. With term 2 and 3, the weather will be colder and I’ll need to keep those ideas in mind. Also all my suggestions, especially for aftercare, she doesn’t need to eat it warm.

Just some tips for the menu below:

  • Swap white sliced bread for low GI or wholewheat
  • Cut fruit and vegetables into fun shapes like hearts etc
  • Buy the nut and raisin and fruit dainty strips in bulk at Makro or Pick n Pay
  • I find buying yogurt in bulk also saves me alot of money
  • Slice up the fruit – that way 1 fruit mixed with 2 other fruits can be spread over 2 – 3 days if packaged in air tight containers
  • The after care meals are supper ideas we’ll have just with some improvising or depending on what you made, it’s a great alternative to a sandwich filler.
  • Buy microwave popcorn – store in airtight container and you can ensure they take some to school each day – it’s a great alternative to chips.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
At school Chicken mayo sandwich on brown
Low fat smooth yogurt
Nut and raisins mini pack
Juice
Water with mint
Cheese and salad sandwich on brown
Low fat smooth yogurt
Fruit dainties pack
Juice
Water with cucumber
Beef frikkadels and dip
Low fat smooth yogurt
Sliced apple
Juice
Sliced biltong
Water with lemon
Egg and mayo sandwich on brown bread
Low fat smooth yogurt
Nut and raisins mini pack
Juice
Water with berry
Cheese and pressed beef with mayonnaise on brown
Low fat smooth yogurt
Fruit dainties
Juice
Water with mint
At aftercare Beef frikkadels and dip
Popcorn
Banana
Water
Roast chicken drumsticks and salad
Fruit in season
Water
Cottage pie and corn in a cup
Orange and apple
Water
Beef frikkadels and dip
Popcorn
Banana
Water
Roast chicken drumsticks and salad
Fruit in season
Water

 

What are your fun recipes? I’d love to hear them.

xoxo

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