Can you believe we are half way through Term One already?! I started this post at the beginning of the year when it was called “Back to school snacks.” Well, we’re heading towards school holidays again so I’ve retitled it, Tasty Lunchbox Snacks. Thinking about what to include in my girls’ lunchboxes is something I do not miss during the holidays. I don’t know about you but I find the lunchbox daily ritual rather tedious. I find the dinnertime ritual pretty tedious too, but that’s for another post! Coming up with new and interesting lunchbox snacks is a challenge. My girls will happily eat a healthy salad wrap or sandwich. But, I find it harder to come up with healthy snacks other than fruit.
When I have time I like to bake snacks for their lunch boxes. But finding the time for baking is a constant battle. I have every intention of setting aside time on a Sunday to bake, but often life gets in the way. A minor life change like having a 4th baby, for example, has made this virtually impossible. In this post I have some quick and easy snacks, which I hope will provide you with some lunchbox inspiration.
Tasty lunchbox snacks
1. No-bake Coconut Muesli Balls
These coconut muesli balls are super easy to make, require no baking, and the kids can help make them. If the muesli you are using already contains diced fruit, there’s really no need to add any extra. This recipe makes approximately 20-24 balls. You can easily double the recipe and freeze half the quantity. They are delicious. Find the recipe here.
2. In your pantry fruit loaf
This fruit loaf is loaded with goodness and it can be sliced up for the kids’ lunchboxes. The best thing about this recipe is that you’re guaranteed to have all the ingredients in your pantry, hence the name! There are so few ingredients in this loaf and the end result is moist, sweet and delicious. The ingredients listed are not prescriptive. Depending on what’s in the pantry, substitute the fruit around with dates, sultanas, dried pears etc.
3. Homemade muesli bars
I fell into the habit of buying muesli bars as lunchbox fillers for convenience. But I’ve been wanting to find a recipe for homemade muesli bars, with less sugar and more goodness. I don’t have an issue with store-bought snacks, occasionally, but they’re expensive and loaded with sugar. So I was delighted when I came across this tasty looking recipe for chewy muesli bars. I used this recipe from the lovely and talented, Lucy from Bake. Play. Smile, and adapted slightly. You can find the recipe here.
4. Nourish & Go
I was very excited when I discovered that Table of Plenty had launched a new snack. I am crazy about their muesli and my girls love their mini rice snacks. The new kid on the block is Nourish & Go – a wholesome and natural snack, which is great for kids’ lunch boxes or as a snack on the go. Nourish & Go is a wholesome blend of stewed fruit, Greek yoghurt or coconut milk blended with oats and flaxseed, with absolutely no added sugar or any nasties!
If you have kids that struggle to get ready for school on time, this makes a healthy snack they can eat on the way. Or it’s ideal as an after school snack to fuel the kids with some energy before sport or ballet. The Berry & Coconut (pictured above) is dairy free/vegan with Coconut milk. All the flavours have a 4.5 star health rating and contain absolutely no added sugar. Nourish & Go is a great alternative to sugar-filled yoghurts and you can find these babies at Woolworths (in the yoghurt section) and leading independent supermarkets.
* This post was brought to you by Table of Plenty
What snacks do you include in your lunch boxes? Are your kids hard to please? Hit me with some healthy lunchbox inspo.