14 September 2016

10 Vegan Lunchbox Ideas for Kids


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

  1. 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.
  2. Use different cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into interesting shapes.
  3. Vary your sandwiches, don't just use bread, try changing things up with wraps, bagels, pitta bread and rolls.
  4. Include fruit and vegetables, cut them into sticks or bite-sized pieces.
  5. Crunchy veg is more fun with a dip. Add a little tub of nut butter to their lunchbox.
  6. Add extra veg by finely grating carrots, courgette or beetroot and mix it into spreads, dips and sauces.
  7. Let them suggest some of the things that will go into their lunchboxes. Give them a few options to choose from.
  8. Cook extra pasta, vegan sausages or pizza to add to their lunchbox and save yourself some time.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

22 comments:

  1. I love all these vegan options, they look super tasty and very well balanced :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Your lunch ideas are amazing! I shall pink the carrot and hummus idea for us:-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. There are some fantastic ideas in here! My kids would love each and every one of these lunch box ideas! :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I particularly like the tip to vary the bread by using wraps and bagels etc. Si easy to get in a regular bread rut!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes that happens to a lot of us, but there are a lot of options and it does make a difference.

      Delete
  5. You put me to shame, Jac. My kids have school lunches. Perhaps when my youngest's free meals run out I'll get my ass in gear. Wonderful ideas!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I just wish Cooper liked school lunches more, but the veggie option is that, one option.It's not like if he doesn't like it he can choose something else. Oh well.

      Delete
  6. These are all fab ideas Jac. We've started the boys on packed lunches this term and it's going well so far. I've got myself into organised mode and drawn up a two week menu plan so I can have all the ingredients to hand and make sure I have a balanced and varied menu. They're really enjoying it so far, especially the days I pack them off with a flask of hot cheesy pasta!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Katie, I'm just catching up. Well done you that is impressive. I don't quite trust Cooper with a flask of hot food. Oh the mess he could get in. Maybe next year. You should publish your meal plan.

      Delete
  7. A really good set of ideas, thanks Jac - I'm a bit guilty of chucking in The Usual after 16 years of school packed lunches!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hehe, oh well as long as they are happy and it fills tummies.

      Delete
  8. I love all your ideas and certainly one about sneaking veggies into spreads.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Nayna you do what you have too. #sneakymum

      Delete
  9. What a great selection of ideas Jac! So easy to get stuck in the rut of a sandwich and an apple. My little boy started School this week - afternoons only at the moment but will bookmark for next year when he will be staying for lunch!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh it's an exciting time Kate. I bet you can't believe he is old enough to go to school already.

      Delete
  10. Great ideas here - makes me want to get my lunch box out!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Some GREAT ideas here, and by the way, I tagged you yesterday to say you are featured in my latest RD post with a vegan packed lunch idea! Karen

    ReplyDelete

I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x