Just as we collectively breathe a sigh of relief as school resumes next week, the reality hits ... Lunchboxes.
The days of leisurely leftovers at the kitchen counter are over, and meal planning, lunchbox packing, recess organisation, crunch and sip cutting (shall I continue?) begins.
While many of us look forward to this time with a slight air of horror, one man who has it all figured out is George Georgievski of School Lunchbox fame. If you’re about to embark on the school season ahead, George is a must-follow on Instagram for inspiration, quirky captions and weeks worth of meal content.
George was kind enough to share an extract with us from his book, Lunchbox Express, as well as two recipes that are sure-fire hits for demanding primary schoolers.
Lunchbox Express by George Georgievski, Published by Plum, RRP $24.99, Photography by Georgia Gold
George's Lunchbox Philosophy
Start using the lunchbox a month or so before your kid starts school. That way they’ll be familiar with it by the time school rolls around and it won’t be yet another new thing to get used to.
Channel your inner creativity through your kids’ lunchboxes! An interesting and varied lunchbox is fun for your kids, too, and means they’re much more likely to eat what’s inside.
Keep it balanced and healthy
In each lunchbox, I make sure there is a portion of protein, some veggies, dairy, fruit and a healthy treat. I prefer to include sugar-free treats, as I don’t understand treats being automatically associated with sugar. Why reward your kids with something that’s not good for them?
Stick to bite-sized portions
Kids are too busy to mess around with large portions – they just want to go and play. A mixture of bite-sized food is easier to grab and go.
Remember the number five
Make sure you include five fresh items (three veggies and two fruits) in every lunchbox – essential nutrition for growing bodies!
Eat the rainbow
Rainbows make my girls happy, so I put a rainbow in their lunchboxes every day. This not only looks appealing, but is a great way to ensure your kids are getting a wide variety of nutrients.