Back to School - Fun with School Lunches08:30
The countdown is on, Ethan is starting school in just over a month and Ivy will be starting to settle into nursery too. One of my biggest concerns is that they won't eat properly at lunch time and will go through the rest of the day hungry! So we're preparing them now by talking about school lunch times and talking a lot about healthy eating.
The kids will both have school lunches to begin with (but we are flexible if this doesn't work for them). So we have been doing some pretend play to go through the whole process of school dinners starting with seeing the food all set up before them and choosing their own plate and cup for their meal.
The key to successful packed lunches is definitely all in the lunchboxes, right? So with this fantastic Yumbox from EatWell UK being carried in the Bibetta lunch bag with the matching water bottle holder Ethan will already be excited to find out what's going to be inside his lunch every day!
I was intimidated by the whole bento lunch idea at first, as you see some incredible things on Pinterest and I just don't think that my food creativity is up to that level! But it's actually really easy with the Yumbox because of the marked sections inside, it gives you a good idea of portion sizes and reminds you on tired mornings (or nights before if you're organised) of what needs to go in there.
I'm a big fan of a few fresh fruit and vegetables, some protein and dairy and some healthy snacks that the kids like. I think there's no point of filling their lunch boxes with things that they aren't going to eat! So I had a go at making a healthy Yumbox lunch and it really was super easy. And it really is leak proof, I tested by putting yogurt in the dairy section and hummus in the middle and both stayed in their sections!
We love Kiddylicious snacks, the kids have always gobbled up their little bags of yummy treats on days out and are absolutely loving the new range of super snacks. These are great to open up and pop into the Yumbox for a healthy treat. The range includes Lentil Crisps and Quinoa Crisps, the kids also love the Veggie Crisps (and they're my favourite too, I could eat these in my own lunch!)
We have also been big fans of Organix snacks since the kids were small babies and to continue to enjoy their healthy treats now. They've got these new Mini Cheese and Chive Breadsticks that are perfect for lunchboxes.
Ethan will definitely be excited to carry his lunch around in the Bibetta lunch bag, and we even chose a green one to match his school uniform. It holds the Yumbox perfectly and would fit a few extra things as well. It's made of strong neoprene material and is washable, as well as being a great insulator which is great for the lunch bag and the bottle bag which will keep drinks nice and cool.
I also gave Ethan the challenger of choosing his own balanced lunch one day. I filled the table with a big variety of different vegetables, fruits, grains, protein and dairy and let him choose what he would like to fill his Yumbox, pointing out the different sections and what should go in each one.
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* This is a collaborative post, we were provided with a Yumbox from Eatwell, a lunchbag and bottle bag from Bibetta and snacks from Kiddylicious and Organix in order to try them out and write our honest opinions about.*