Kiddley reader Krista suggested a post on school lunches so here we go with part one!
Here in Australia we are heading into our September Holidays – which means I don’t have to run around like crazy packing a balanced school lunch before Kinder for the next few weeks. Hooray! But the first of September saw the launch of the Australian lunchbox website and online store LunchMatters, which has me leaping with excitement. Not only do they provide some wonderful lunchbox menu ideas, but they are selling Laptop Lunchboxes here without the ridiculous shipping costs. We bought a set from overseas a little while ago and are really impressed with it. Even when we are having lunch at home it makes eating fun for a pre-schooler.
So now I am thinking about lunchbox ideas again which is nice and timely for the beginning of the school year in other parts of the world.
For inspiration, you can’t go past the Vegan Lunch Box archives. Jennifer Schmoo is no longer making up daily school lunches but there is still plenty of interesting information on her site especially for vegan readers. Recently she has unearthed Bento TV – a quirky video podcast of daily lunch ideas that we are loving, and Dr Fuhrman’s “Packing A Lunch For School” and vegetarian lunch ideas from VegCooking.
Choice.com has a great interactive lunchbox. Drag and drop some typical lunchbox snacks and see how much sugar, fat and salt your kids are consuming.
** LunchMatters is kindly offering Kiddley readers from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region a special treat with every order for the month of September (2006). Just mention “Kiddley” in the message section at the end of the ordering process and you will receive a little gift (such as a cookie cutter, extra containers, forks, spoons and so on) with your parcel. Be sure to mention whether you are shopping for a girl, boy or adult so that you will get an appropriate gift. Thanks LunchMatters! **