Back to School
Next week the kids go back to school which is mind-boggling – we have no idea where the summer went! If you are like us we like to be prepared and that includes thinking about getting a good breakfast and making healthy packed lunches (these aren’t limited to the kids – make up one for yourself too!). So we are here to help, we’ve put together some ideas of what to make and even included a quick link to fill up your cart with all you need to make lots of tasty, healthy variable packed lunch options too.
Get off to a good start
Mornings can be manic and as a parent, you can be pushed for time when you need to get everyone ready for school, but the first meal of the day is very important for schoolchildren. Studies have repeatedly shown that children who eat breakfast have far higher vitamin, mineral and fibre intakes and are better nourished, which helps them to focus in the classroom.
Choose something which is rich in slow-release energy from granary bread, wholegrain cereals, porridge oats or nuts. Combine these carbohydrates with something protein-rich – such as nut butter, eggs, cheese or yogurt to keep blood sugar levels balanced throughout the morning. It’s best to choose an unsweetened, simple, wholewheat or oat-based cereal, which can be topped with fruit for sweetness, instead of those laden with sugar.
We’ve put together a back to school packed lunch shopping cart especially for you which is enough to feed 2 people (Kids and adults) with some leftovers, click to add (you can remove or add any items you want). In addition, we’re offering 20% off this cart (saving you over £6.50) Discount will be added at final checkout – Happy Days!
A perfect lunchbox should include …..
- a variety of nutrient-dense foods
- plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruit in as many different colours as possible
- starchy carbs (such as cereals, bread, rice, pasta and noodles) that are preferably wholegrain
- include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives such as nuts or legumes in their diet
- include milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives in their diet
- choose water as their main drink
Care should be taken to:
- limit saturated fat and moderate total fat intake
- choose foods low in salt
- ensure children consume only moderate amounts of sugars, and keep to guidelines on foods containing added or ‘free’ sugars
It’s always nice to add in homemade slow-release energy snacks like this delicious muesli bar, give it a try and let us know what you add to it too.
Easy Lunch Box Muesli Bars
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Muesli bars are an easy snack to put in your child’s lunch box each day. Use the muesli bar recipe as a blueprint and add your favourite dried fruits to the mixture – but stay away from adding nuts too if your school is a nut-free zone.
Source: Kid Spot
- 105g rolled oats
- 60g rice Krispies cereal
- 65g dried cranberries
- 60g currants
- 90g desiccated coconut
- 35g sesame seeds
- 35g sunflower seeds
- 150g butter, diced
- 10 tbsp honey
- 60g coconut sugar
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
Make baking a breeze with these easy steps to lining your pans.
Grease a lamington pan or one of similar sizing and line with greaseproof/baking paper. Grease the paper over the top to hold it in place.
Mix the oats, rice bubbles, craisins, currants, coconut, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
Heat the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan, melt the butter and stir to combine all ingredients, simmer until mixture becomes more syrupy and honeycomb colour. Take off the heat.
Stir liquid gradually into the dry ingredients and when well combined, spoon into pan/tin. Press down well. Put into the oven for 20 minutes.
The mix should be golden brown on top when you take it out of the oven. Cool in the tray.