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  • February 15, 2021

Three healthier ‘back to school’ lunchbox swaps

Lunchbox stress is real! Not only can it be super time-consuming to shop, create, and pack a lunch each day for your little ones – ensuring you’re providing them with healthy, nutritious and delicious options can be majorly overwhelming. To help you create a more balanced lunchbox with minimal amounts of processed food and drinks, we’ve created a few snack swaps to make the entire effort that little bit easier. Lunchbox dramas? Sorted! 

 

  • Crackle, crunch, pop

    If your mini me loves their chips (and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a sneaky packet of salty goodness), try changing up the game by replacing packets of crisps with homemade popcorn. Not only is it super easy to make, you can even place the kernels in your own compact, brown bags to make the whole experience feel just as special as popcorn at the movies. All you need is 2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels per serve, and a paper lunch bag. Place the kernels in the bag, fold over the top a number of times (until it feels secure and like there’s no way a single kernel can escape their popcorn destiny) and then fold in the corners to make extra sure. Pop the bag in the microwave on high for roughly two minutes or until the popping sounds like it’s slowing down to roughly a pop every few seconds. Before taking your popcorn out of the microwave, make sure you’ve got a tea towel or oven mitt at the ready. These babies will be hot! Once your bag of popcorn has cooled down, simply place it in your little one’s lunch box. Et voila! You’re done. 

  • Getting’ juicy

    Swapping out fizzy drinks for fruit juice is definitely a step in the right direction but it’s also important to still check the sugar content of whatever your little ones are drinking each day. nudie juice boxes are a delicious and nutritious alternative to other fruit juices because our juices are made with real fruits. Our range of  kids nudie juice features real fruit juice that’s not from concentrate, has zero added sugar and no preservatives. Best of all, each juice box will last all day in a lunchbox and still taste great! 

  • Simply sweet

    It can be super hard to find tasty snacks that don’t include heaps of nasties. While some snacks might have ‘no added sugar’ or ‘less sugar’ on the packaging, it’s important to look at the ingredients list as well as the nutrition panel to see whether they have a naturally high sugar content to begin with. To give your little ones a hint of sweetness without the guilt, why not try introducing some natural or lower sugar yogurt mixed with some fresh fruit and untoasted muesli to their daily routine? Just make sure the yogurt contains less than 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams. Not sure which fruit to add? We always like to use the ‘easy to eat’ fruits like grapes, mini pears or berries. Mmm, delicious!