I am sharing this post because it is important to me. I've made it a priority in my routine as it is a way that I like to show love to my kiddos. At times I wish it wasn't. I'd love that extra half hour to do something else in the morning. Brush my hair, for instance. But I'm solid about wanting to put in a bit extra in this area.
I am sharing because it is one small success that I can feel in a crazy day. We mums need those! When 5pm is upon me, and I can only manage avocado on toast for everyone's dinner, I remember that the kids have eaten a decent lunch. When I have had a rotten school pick up and one of the kids says "I (or my friend) loved lunch today", it helps me get through the afternoon.
I am also posting this to inspire those who want to try some different things for their kids lunchboxes or those who have fussy eaters.
I am not posting this to induce guilt. That would be the equivalent of me thinking someone was pointing their finger at me when posting a selfie of themselves with awesome hair. Cool mums don't do that. I do not think lunch-making should be important to everyone! There are many experiences, opportunities and other things that a single income family must miss out on. That I have time (and will) to do this is one of my benefits in being a stay-at-home mum.
I am not posting this with any illusions about what the healthiest lunchboxes are filled with. My lunches probably don't meet certain nutritional standards. We are on a journey with that (and cutting down on sugar) too. But I know they are low on processed foods and plastic waste, imaginative (without spending excessive amounts of time), and eaten by my kids (for the most part).
These are always accompanied by a separate piece of fruit or vege and sometimes home-popped popcorn that doesn't fit in their lunchboxes. Most of the baked goods and nuggets etc are made-at-home so I know the ingredients. At certain times during the year my kids are less hungry so I put less food in (and save on wasted food). Maybe these pics can give you some inspiration for the long haul of final term