Now that my youngest two children are in school full time. They don’t need packed lunch boxes as they are provided free by the school. However my older children who go to high school and college still take a packed lunch. Often in includes the easiest thing they can put together in a hurry. We are not the most organised house with 3 out of 6 of us having ADHD. But we try our best and muddle through. This means that lunches are not always made the night before. Lots of things happen last minute and are due to a huge amount of forgetfulness. I try to shop healthily and to make things as easy for everyone as possible. We all have a really busy schedule. This means staying healthy can easily get forgotten. I have come up with list of foods that I add to my weekly shopping order. These are foods with minimal preparation. Some do need to be made the night before but I find they are the more healthy options.
What my Kids are Eating
- Cucumber, carrot sticks and other vegetables with humous – These can be cut up the night before if you are organised enough.
- Sausage rolls – I have started the same amount but in smaller packs so they last through the week rather than just 3 days.
- Fahita wraps – These are brilliant as the kids fill them with a number of combinations and are easy to prepare.
- Yoghurts – These can be put in the freezer and will keep the food cool until lunchtime.
- Fruit – Fresh or Dried.
- Pasta salads – Left overs from an evening meal work great for this.
- Dry cereal – brilliant for a snack.
- Crackers – these are good if you don’t have time to make a sandwhich and can be used with cheese or a dip.
- Nuts – a great source of protein.
- Boiled eggs – Also better prepared the night before but they are filling and really healthy.
It turns out they eat pretty much the same food as the little ones would. Its just more easily presented to them without the need to cut things into exciting shapes. It also means they are able to do their own lunches with ease.
Make it Easier
Previously I have been buying double the amount of yoghurts. The older kids find that one is never enough. I have just found out that Munch Bunch have a new addition to their range of yoghurts. Huge Tubes are the latest addition to the Squashums range, a bigger tube of yoghurt for bigger kids. They have 50 per cent more than the existing sized tubes that are available on the market and contain all natural ingredients. This product launch is the response to the parent feedback that older children find the regular size tubes too small.
Huge Tubes are available in the chilled dairy aisles of Asda, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and online at Ocado, priced at RRP £1.99 per 6 x 60g multipack.
Just for the cute factor here are my 2 cheeky little monkeys enjoying one before bedtime.