Healthy Wholefood Lunchbox Ideas

In addition to my savoury and sweet lunchbox ideas this week, allow me to introduce these wonderful ladies who kick nutrition up a notch when it comes to kid snacks. If you’re looking for everyday basics your kids will love and you know is healthy, then feast your eyes, people. Bang THESE in your everyday lunchbox routine and you’ll be kicking parenting goals.

I won’t tell anyone if you keep a bit back for yourself with a cup of tea and Dr Phil later on when the house is quiet ;-)

WHOLEFOOD LUNCHBOX IDEAS

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Bianca has very cleverly created a delicious School Cookie with only THREE ingredients. The recipe makes 8, so you might want to double it.

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My homegirl Meg has fed me many a healthy treat this past year, and she’s never put a foot wrong. I made her Strawberry Lemonade Strips and ate the lot myself. But this year, I’ll be sharing with the smalls.

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These super-luscious looking pots of deliciousness are actually full of fruit, yogurt, avocado and good things. Georgia says to freeze these little Fruit Whips in lunchbox-sized containers and pack a spoon. I say excellent idea.

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We can always count on Sonia to give us good eats and sensible information. Her Healthy Anzac Biscuits are still such a hit here! Her kids love crackers as much as mine do, and she came up with a simple and quick homemade alternative (baking your own crackers can be a huuuuuge effort). Look how crispy and packed full of goodness these babies are! Yum.

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Lemon Muffins. LEMON MUFFINS. GIMME.

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Meg to the rescue with date-free (and good-fat-filled/sub more seeds for nut-free schools) raw chocolate balls.

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And Vegan Banana Bread from a little bit of a new obsession of mine, The Slowpoke. Glorious!

Who are your favourite wholefood bloggers? Remember our list from a while ago?

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Lunchbox Ideas: Sweet

That little somethin’-somethin’ (that used to be two Arnott’s biscuits for me, or a Yogo if I was with my dad) has grown up a bit in lunchboxes these days, I find. I’m still a nostalgic idiot, so my kids get a balance of all sorts of things (including sugar) but I do tend to keep packed lunches pretty tame – although delicious.

Plenty of ideas for a little something sweet (and homemade!) in lunchboxes.

 

 

Here are a few of my lunchbox idea standbys, which mostly all can be made in advance and frozen in serving sizes.

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Gluten-Free Blueberry Buckwheat Pikelets (which are also EXCELLENT with raspberries)

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Dairy-Free Banana, Date, and Coconut Muffins

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Sorta-Healthy Pear Cake (my kids also love the ginger-pear cake)

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Mini Yogurt Pancakes (also excellent with jam swirled into the batter if kids are eating them plain, like mine)

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Super-Healthy Anzac Biscuits. You will eat them all.

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Apple and Oatmeal Cookies. A friend of mine makes them without the spice, which is also delicious.

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Wholemeal Banana and Peach Muffins (egg, dairy, refined sugar-free, and vegan)

So what are your standbys? What do your kids love in their lunchbox?

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Lunchbox Ideas: Savoury

I know, it’s that time of year again. Where we have to come up with ideas for packing kids’ lunchboxes. With stuff they’ll actually eat.

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I can’t really complain, my girls have been at a place all last year that provided lunch and it was a huge relief not to have to worry about it. On the flip side, neither of my kids ate anything that was served the whole year, so they had sandwiches instead. I would have very much liked to send them with something else I know they would eat, but we aren’t allowed.

Now that Bigs is about to start kinder, I’m corralling all the things I used to pop in her tiny bags and boxes many moons ago and getting ahead for the new school year. I’m SO excited for her, but I’m also a little sad. There’ll be plenty of school holidays to squeeze my kid til she squeaks, and part of parenting is letting go, right?

And feeding them, of course.

I hope your littlies like them too!

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Vegetarian Sausage Rolls – freeze them in their unbaked state and bake a few the night before.

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Three-Cheese Scrolls

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Greek-style Risoni Salad that is excellent made in advance and popped into little containers. Gotta love those bocconcini balls!

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Three-Ingredient Wholewheat Cheese Crackers. SO ADDICTIVE.

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Can’t resist these veggie-packed (but slightly sweet thanks to the pumpkin) Quinoa Bites. Excellent with a little pot of chutney for dipping.

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Spinach and Feta Savoury Muffins with delicious little bits of semi-dried tomato.

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Roasted pumpkin hommus served with little bits of homemade bread, crackers, or breadsticks.

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Hidden Veggie Pizza Scrolls – tastes like a cheesy pizza scroll, but with homemade tomato sauce packed with veggies.

The easiest rice paper rolls ever!

 

Super-delicious, super-fresh rice paper rolls. I’ve been adding Soyco Marinated Tofu and they are delicious.

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Kale Chips, for the adventurous child (not mine so far, but hey, I can try!)

Hungry yet? What goes in your little ones’ lunchbox?

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Kid Food: Snacks

Snack time, y’all!

Where I eat everything + cheese, and the kids lick a banana and run off to play. Sigh.

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Fruit kebabs. They wanted me to take the fruit straight off. Then one asked for just a banana on a stick.

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Homemade apple pie with a Miffy cheese. Nope and nope. We had a bit of apple action, but not much else.

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Sneaky chocolate chips in their fruit + nut combo. They ate the chocolate and one ate maybe two blueberries.

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Fruit platter designed for both of them to share. Not happening.

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Homemade rollups following Wholefood Romance’s recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Strips.

I ate them.

What’s on the snack rotation at yours lately? Having any more luck than I am?!

Made a Veggie Mama recipe for yourself? I'd love to see it! tag #veggiemamafood on social media and let me know!

Kid food: Snacks

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Sultanas, yogurt drops, goji berries, cheerios, chocolate-covered sultanas (for something different!) and blueberries, back from when they were in season and weren’t $9.99 a punnet

(my hot tip? Get blueberries from Aldi. Great quality, lowest price I’ve seen!)

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Raspberry and coconut muffins

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Boiled egg and slices of sweet potato. I popped them in a bowl with some olive oil and stirred to coat. Then put under the grill for a few minutes each side.

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Mayver’s Hazelnut-Cacao spread sandwiches cut into stars, and sultanas.

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Little lemon cakes.

What’s on the snack menu at your place?

Made a Veggie Mama recipe for yourself? I'd love to see it! tag #veggiemamafood on social media and let me know!

Hidden Veggie Pizza Scrolls

hidden-veggie-scrollsI won’t bore you any more today with tales of my non-eating children (although the eldest is getting a bit more adventurous), and while I serve up veggies in their natural form every day, I also sneak in the ones they’re not eating. Balance is everything, haha.

I’ve been using hidden veggie sauce on pasta, in sandwiches, on pizza, basically anywhere I can get it. It’s based on this one, but changes with the week (don’t be fooled by the unimpressed look on Smalls’s face. She liked it. I think). I just put on a pot of tinned tomatoes and add whatever’s happening in the refrigerator. Cook till super-soft, check for seasoning (sometimes I add a little honey), and puree. Party on.

This one had half an onion, a clove of garlic, 1/4 sweet potato, 1/4 capsicum, two mushrooms, a small carrot, broccoli stalks, a rib of celery, and a couple of pieces of cauliflower.

Add to the scroll dough with cheese, roll up, bake 10-15 minutes. Voila!

Hidden Veggie Pizza Scrolls

Ingredients

  • 290ml lukewarm water
  • 1 packet Dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups tasty cheese, grated
  • 1-2 cup hidden veggie sauce

Directions

Step 1
To make the pizza dough, add yeast and water with the sugar and let sit for five minutes. In a large bowl, add the flour and the salt. Pour in the water.
Step 2
I did this in the breadmaker, but by hand just incorporate the ingredients until they come together.
Step 3
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes) (no need to do this if you've made it in the breadmaker).
Step 4
Put back in the bowl and cover. Leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume (half an hour to an hour). Gather your cheese and sauce supplies.
Step 5
Punch the dough down and give it a quick knead. Roll out into a large rectangle on a floured surface. I left it about a centimetre thick.
Step 6
Cover the dough with the veggie sauce. Then add grated tasty cheese right to the edges, but leaving a strip about a centimetre wide down one of the longest sides.
Step 7
Roll up from the widest edge (sometimes I need a spatula or knife to help lift it off the bench if I've been a bit stingy with the flour) until you have a fat little roll.
Step 8
Slice crossways at one-inch intervals and lay them cut side down on a greased baking tray.
Step 9
Bake at about 180C for 10-15 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and browned. Best on the day they're made, but can be frozen.
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Kid food: Lunch

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A throwback picture from our old house – the deck was so warm outside! I daren’t step foot outside just yet. Too damn cold.

Anyway, we had egg sandwiches (Bigs had peanut butter because she was going through “the phase”), and fruit. My best egg sandwich of all time rules here.

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Greek yogurt with homemade strawberry preserves.

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Quorn nuggets, bread roll, sauce for dipping, salad, and fruit. They still won’t really do cucumber and tomato, although I managed to convince Bigs one day by saying it was loud and crunchy. It’s not often she’ll eat it, but it’s better than never!

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Peanut butter + banana (with that damn tomato – I kept trying!), and Smalls had avocado on Cruskit with cottage cheese and banana. She wouldn’t go near that plate with a ten-foot pole nowadays.

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A little bit of leftover queso fundido dip on tortillas, rolled up and sliced + sweet potato cubes.

What have your littles been loving for lunch lately?

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The fussy kid food battle continues…

This is a sponsored post for Cenovis

One of the first things I realised when Biggie embarked upon a career of picky eating was: I wasn’t alone. Plenty of mums and dads were right there with me knowing their kid wouldn’t touch a spear of broccoli with a ten-foot-pole, or would scream the house down when presented with a piece of cheese.

While I realise it’s a pretty normal stage for kids to be in, it can be disconcerting to look back over what they ate that day and see there are huge gaps in their nutrient intake. And while we’ve had success with eating something other than sandwiches, fruit, and yogurt (FINALLY OMG), we’re still a long way off yet. Hell, even I take a multivitamin because I find it hard to get all the required vitamins and minerals from diet alone. And I’m a washed-up old broad who stopped growing a long time ago – my kids are still little, still forming bone and brain tissue and goodness knows what else that requires adequate nutrition.

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I think there are quite a few kid multivitamins on the market for parents who want to fill the gaps in their little ones’ diet, but I’ve not tried them. While I’m pretty sure Biggie would probably take something in a liquid form (and Smalls would fight me to the death), I’m not stoked on the gummy versions. Cenovis have brought out a tasteless powder that you sprinkle into kid food just before serving (or into milk/yogurt/custard/smoothies etc with the chocolate version) that will provide the nutrients with none of the hassle of a daily tablet or similar.

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I have already had great success with flavour-free sprinkles in food (Benefiber in their Weetbix will soon get a toilet-shy kid moving!), so I was interested in trying a similar multivitamin version. For kids aged 1-7, the recommended dose is one teaspoon of Vita Sprinkles in their food once a day. My kids eat like sparrows, so one teaspoon in their dinner would be total overkill. I put in a little bit each meal and across the day they would have the full dose. The sprinkles are recommended for kids up to age 12.

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The Vita Sprinkles contain:

*Vitamin C and Vitamin A to help support the immune system
*B Vitamins to assist with energy production
*Vitamin B1 to help maintain healthy brain function
*Calcium and Vitamin D3 for healthy bones and teeth
*Iron, which may be important for fussy eaters who have inadequate iron intake and may help maintain healthy brain function
*Iodine, which may be beneficial for normal brain function and learning ability.

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It is almost too easy – it has gone into spaghetti, yogurt, smoothies, milk, and cereal, and the kids have eaten it no trouble. You could add it to casseroles, soups, stews, drinks, pureed fruit – all sorts of things. I just leave the containers near the bowls in the cupboard, and am reminded to pop a bit in every time I make a meal. A little sprinkle for a lot of peace of mind!

Cenovis also are inviting families to post pics of their leftovers on social media with the hashtag #shareyourleftoverswithcenovis, for the chance to win movie ticket giveaways. Not sure they’d want to see my leftovers though, they’re rarely…photogenic…

Is your kid a bit averse to a healthy diet? Have you had much success with kid multivitamins? TELL ME ALL YOUR SECRETS!

(Always read the label. Use only as directed. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Pens are not bikes.)

 

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