Lunchbox Ideas


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I always start off with the best intentions but quickly run out of steam and while I would love to have the time to lovingly prepare beautifully, well thought out, healthy lunchboxes for my children there is always those, “a-few-days-to-pay-day-the-pantry-is-bare” days where the lunchbox looks very neglected.

Over the past 2 years of blogging I have made sure to include a few recipes on lunchbox fillers and I thought it would be useful to do a post on it now as we are a week away from “Back to School” in South Africa starting the first term. My daughter Zoe is starting Grade 1 next week and she is so excited about her uniform, shoes and stationary. I’m still spinning a bit as I can’t believe my youngest is ready for “big school”. Zac starts Grade 3 and it is now that the “real work” begins. There is always a huge jump between certain grades and this year they start timing their tasks as they prepare for exams next year. Eek!

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This is the lunchbox we bought from Plic for the kids. Pic credit:

Anyway, back to the lunchboxes. I don’t know about you but there are many an evening when I realize that I forgot to pick up bread and school rules don’t allow for unhealthy lunches so here are a few recipes you can make fairly quickly that can be used in place of the standard sliced sandwich…

Lunchbox Ideas



Low GI mini quiches

Pita Bread and Butterbean Hummus

Kitke Loaf

Muffins fall in that grey area where you can sometimes qualify it as healthy enough for schools to allow it but if your school rules are very tough it might not pass muster. In those cases you need health or fruit bars that can add that sweetness without being too unhealthy.

Apricot and Cranberry Crunchies

Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins

Apple Crumble Muffins

Easy Apricot Slices

Berry Scones

Also, there comes a time when the kids return from school ravenous and ready to eat anything that isn’t nailed down. For this kind of day try these after school snacks…

Butternut fritters

Toasted coconut crumpets

Then comes Fridays when the schools allow a treat in the lunchbox together with their well balanced lunch. My kids all time favourite treat has to be…

Chocolate Biscuit Fudge

Well, I hope this helps to get you through the first few weeks of school lunchboxes. I would love to know what your favourite lunchbox treat is and if you have a recipe to share I will happily add it to this post for a one stop shop for all parents or care givers from all over the world.

1 Comment

  1. Tandy | Lavender and Lime

    January 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Please make my lunch box too! I am studying child nutrition soon and I hope it includes some good ideas :)

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