Bondi babes school lunches

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Lunch boxes are a little bit of a nagging issue for most mums I know. They are so important as the fuel the children throughout a long day at school but they can really be a pain in the backside to make in the mornings, day after day. They need to be easy, quick, healthy and most importantly enjoyed by the young ones, as it doesn't help anyone when they get sent back at the end of the day rejected! I have been making a conscious effort not to fall back on the vegemite sandwich, as for me this simply does not cut it on nutrition terms. (Once a week we do have one and we use sourdough bread and organic butter as they do love them!).

I like to include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, a form of vegetarian protein and have started to use left overs from the night before to add meals that can be more interesting than what I would make in the short time I have in the mornings.

I aim to provide a "naked lunch";one without packages or plastic wrapping. It is better for the environment and better for their health. There is a lot of research out now that shows the plastics are leaching toxic chemical such as BPA's and phthalates into the foods and then our children are ingesting them! We love the stainless steel ranges by Lunchbots and Kleencanteen.

Below are some examples of what I and a couple of my healthy Bondi Mumma friends pack in a lunchbox for our children.

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Miso soup with noodles, broccoli and wakame. Toasted nori sheets, lightly fried tempeh with braggs sauce and sesame. Apple for a snack. photo 5

Vegetable sticks-red capsicum, carrots, snow peas, cucumbers and carrot. Avocado dip and rice crackers with tahini. Snack of strawberries and blueberries. photo 6

Two boiled eggs, baked beans, tomato and green beans with hummus. Raw Crackers ( I buy these!) Snack of coconut flakes, goji berries and pumpkin seeds.

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A left over dinner of a barley risotto with tomatoes, celery and chickpeas. Banana for snack time.

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Becky is another health conscious mum at our school, who works as a homeopath. In her beautiful lunchbox is cucumber, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, hummus and cheese cubes. Gluten free falafels. Seed crackers, activated tamari pumpkin seeds, nashi pear and a lychee

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The last two ideas are from my great friend Vivian, who is one of the Raw Food Sisterhood. Their fermented vegetables and raw crackers are extremely popular around our area! She shared the photo of her chia-banana bread that is flour and grain free, no added sugar and protein packed with 4 eggs and nut butter. A slice is a yummy addition to a school lunch box.

Below is her millet and quinoa salad with raw veggies dressed with tahini and turmeric and some of her fermented vegetables.

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