Cooper is back at school so I'm back in full-on planning lunch mode that’s why I have partnered with Flora to create a five day dairy-free lunchbox plan.
You may be thinking why not school lunches? It's true they're free here in Scotland for primary 1-3, but there isn't much in the way of choice. He'll eat pasta, baked potato or veggie burger but he doesn't like most of the other dishes (don't tell anyone, but I wouldn't want to eat them either), so it's packed lunches most days.
It really helps to plan ahead and stock up at the weekend, then make a list of lunches for the week ahead. Presentation helps too. Stock up on fun lunchboxes, tubs, bento picks and cutters.
Below are my top tips to help you create that perfect, healthy lunchbox.
10 Helpful Lunchbox Ideas
- Create each lunchbox around a main, a snack, fruit and veg. The snack can be healthy too. For the snack think breadsticks, flapjacks, banana bread or dried fruit.
- Use different cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into interesting shapes.
- Vary your sandwiches, don't just use bread, try changing things up with wraps, bagels, pitta bread and rolls.
- Include fruit and vegetables, cut them into sticks or bite-sized pieces.
- Crunchy veg is more fun with a dip. Add a little tub of nut butter to their lunchbox.
- Add extra veg by finely grating carrots, courgette or beetroot and mix it into spreads, dips and sauces.
- Let them suggest some of the things that will go into their lunchboxes. Give them a few options to choose from.
- Cook extra pasta, vegan sausages or pizza to add to their lunchbox and save yourself some time.
- Don't add more than one treat, they will eat those first and leave everything else (believe me they'll be in a rush to run outside to play).
- Add some kitchen paper so they can wipe their hands or mop up spills.
I hope those tips helped.
I partnered with Flora to make a deliciously dairy-free lunchbox plan (head over to the site for my 5 day lunch ideas).
Flora is running an in-store promotion across a variety of retailers. When a customer buys two tubs of Flora they’ll be given a cute children’s lunch box and a colourful Lunch box Guide which includes some great lunch ideas and tips. So look out for it when you're shopping.
Flora are a well-known spreads brand and they now have a new dairy-free spread called Flora Freedom. It is Vegan and Vegetarian Society approved and suitable for spreading, cooking or baking. Not to mention it tastes great!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Flora. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.