Jenelle Croatto APD
You’ve got the sandwich, wrap, leftovers or lunch order sorted – now to think of snacks!
Finding a suitable lunch box snack can be a struggle, particularly when you’re trying to weigh up taste, cost, nutrition and whether it will actually come home eaten.
While there are many wholefoods snacks available (and as both a parent and dietitian I certainly recommend children eat fewer processed foods) I, like most people feel that packaged food can be a saving grace for time strapped parents. Therefore, I wish to take the approach of teaching you which are the better pre-packaged lunch box snacks.
My number one tip is to remember that kids love exercising choice! So get them involved in packing their lunch from a few healthy options that you have selected. In doing so you may just discover that their lunch box comes home empty.
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Fresh fruit is ideal here, so my advice is to make fruit easy to eat. Small plastic tubs can be used to hold grapes, berries, dried and diced fruit, and zip lock bags are excellent for cut up fruit such as apple. Another top apple tip is to cut a whole apple into segments and secure it with a rubber band (stops it going brown). Soft fruits (e.g. plums and apricots) can also be kept in small containers and keep an eye out for banana holders, which will help avoid a squishy bag mess at the end of the day. Of course, an easy-peel-fruit like a mandarin is always a simple go-to choice.
Should you be fresh out of fruit, a couple of back up options I like are:
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