What is your regular lunchbox routine?
Jack had decided this term that he would like to start taking a packed lunch to school. It had been a long time since i needed to prepare one. In England all children in Foundation and Key stage 1 recieve a free lunch at school. Now Jack has moved into lower key stage 2 all of his friends are now packed lunch and he would like to join them.
To be honest I haven’t been all that concerned with what I pack Jack in his lunch box. My biggest worry though was that he would become bored of the same foods in his lunch or that I pack too much. It is hard to get the balance right, especially when you are preparing food for a growing child at school and I am not the only one.
A study by Flora has shown only 1.6% of school children receive a packed lunch that meets nutritional standards set for school meals. I like to think that Jack’s are okay and we always try to include some form of fruit and veg into his lunch. Although they are pretty much always a sandwich, piece of fruit, piece of vegetab. le/salad, sultanas, cocktail sausages or Sausage Roll and then either some crisps/biscuits or whatever Jack has requested. Writing that all down it seems a lot! Overall he seems quite happy with his lunches I am pretty sure he would tell me otherwise.
Jack isn’t a particularly a fussy eater but his younger brother is. He doesn’t like his food touching which doesn’t seem that bad when all packed in a lunch box it can be a pain. We have since invested in the YumBox’s and they are great to separate food and create a more Bento style lunch.
Using the guide provided by Flora we have come up with some great lunches that I am confident will meet the nutritional standards set. Jack seems to really like the food too so it is great to have an alternative to provide him when lunches get a bit boring.
We received the lunchbox and a £5 giftcard in exchange for the post.
This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here