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Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:43 PM


My daughter started Prep this year and I have been sending the following in her lunch box

- Popper
- 2 or 3 sandwiches (vegemite or honey)
- fruit bar
- piece of fruit (apple, banana or watermelon)
- yoghurt or custard

I also send a 600ml bottle of water too.

Most of the time she eats it all and sometimes I mix it up and pack a few biscuits. I have tried leftovers but she is not too fussed. I was also sending le snacks and muesli bars but they are quite expensive and processed. Sometimes I send baked beans or spaghetti in the little tins too.

What do you pack for school lunches? I would love some more ideas for a bit of variety...


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Posted 27 April 2008 - 06:56 PM

Sherri one thing I would suggest is two pieces of fruit or a piece of fruit and a carrot or celery as alot of prep classes will stop for fruit break either at 10 or 2:30. Other things that I see that work are muffins, those bought fruit cakes cut into slices and cheese and biscuits. Honestly in prep kids seem to just like sandwiches, they are easy to eat and if they need to eat them outside they can. Some of my kids still order a Vegemite sandwich when they get a lunch order tongue.gif
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:55 PM

My daughter loves wraps - has one at least once a week.

She also likes to take a salad in a bowl - i just team it with a wrap or a buttered roll.

What about savoury muffins-they can be made in advance and frozen then just pop straight in lunchbox from the freezer.

Mini wingetts and drumsticks - could be teamed with a salad.

What about bits (as my daughter calls them) this might be a piece of ham, some celery, carrot and celery sticks, some dip, cherry tomatoes, rice crackers etc.

At times i make piklets for her to take for a snack, i send yoghurt (buy the big family tubs, they're cheaper) and put it in a snack cup. Bega cheese sticks (or cut your own cheese cubes) Jelly and fruit (not the shop ones - do it yourself..cheaper).

And i always send 2 bits of fruit.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:07 PM

I dont have kids but for my lunch (I'm a teacher) I pack a little container of almonds, a little container of diced fruit and a sald and chicken wrap.

All kid friendly I suppose biggrin.gif
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Posted 29 April 2008 - 11:17 AM

for my daughter I usually pack

- 1 sandwich
- 1 yoghurt
- 1 banana
- 1 small can of either baked beans or creamed corn
- a few biscuits
- carrot sticks
- 1 small popper
- 1 bottle of water

I mix it up also with the following:
- container of cherry tomatoes
- conatainer of chopped ham and cherry tomatoes
- containter of chopped strawberries
- cheese sticks
- pikelets with jam and butter
- cruskits
- grapes
- jatz crackers with cheese
- chopped cabonossi

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 11:35 AM

Some great ideas here smile.gif .

My daughter pretty much likes the same thing every day, we swap a few things around but she feels comforted by knowing what is in her lunchbox.

On a usual day I give her...

- A sandwich (either mashed boiled egg or cheese and ham (well vegetarian ham). She also loves wraps.

- Carrot sticks/banana/fresh pineapple (the favourite) or sliced apple

- Rice crackers (either with cheese or a little container of dip).

- Yoghurt (we also buy the family tubs and put it into smaller containers).

- Fruit and jelly

- Water bottle

Her school is very strict and they aren't allowed to bring any 'pre packaged' /unhealthy food/ juice to school.

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 01:00 PM

Our school this year got a chef, and she cooks lunches for all the kids in the school!!! As well as snacks etc for recess. (Our school is small so theres only one of her needed for now). The food is organic top quality stuff and when I go in at lunchtime to collect Finn I drool at the smells from the dining room. Pizzas and curries and noodles and stuff - SO good, and its built into school fees. I am SO rapt I never have to worry about lunches - but I do worry about what Finn will eat/try next year. All else fails they will give him a vegemite sambo! rolleyes.gif
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Posted 30 April 2008 - 07:45 AM

Nothing for my little ones, as they have a chef in their school.
But for my older one, I just pack a sandwich, an appple (or alternative price of fruit) and a muesli bar.

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Posted 04 May 2008 - 02:40 PM

Flickr have some great ideas. Try browsing through some of these groups:

Laptop Lunches
Show Me Your Lunch!
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Posted 05 May 2008 - 09:10 PM

I try and pack similar things to those already listed - with 4 lunches to do it can be a bit tricky sometimes because they all like different things!

My daughter doesn't really like sandwiches, but likes pita bread and wraps, the boys usually have a sandwich (cheese and vegemite is popular!)
They all love the wraps with leftover chilli con carne & rice or ham and cheese or tuna & egg.
Left over spag bol (either in a wrap or a container)
Rice crackers/shapes
Fruit - grapes, watermelon, apple, mandarines, rockmelon.....
Sometimes a couple of biscuits
A little container of dip and vege sticks/crackers
Boiled egg
Maybe a museli bar
A homemade mini-muffin

I find it challenging too smile.gif

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 06:54 AM

I heard of a great idea the otehr day and have been doing it with Luke. He started prep this year and is sick of sandwiches.. So to make them more interesting we get three pieces of bread and roll them flat out with a rolling pin.. On each piece of bread put something different.. Eg vegemite, Jam, Tuna (if they eat it) etc.. Roll them up like a wrap, cut them in half and place them in a container.. I found its been great..
Luke is a bit of a garbage and eats anything I put in there. Wont leave school till its empty lol But I myself get sick of boring old sandwiches.. Was a nice change.

I also pack similar things to you guys like sultanas, a piece of fruit, muesli bar, packet of rice crackers etc.. At our school the kids have two fruit breaks a day so must have two pieces of fruit in their lunch box,.. Its a good idea, gets the kids eating more fruit..
I find the little Glad containers are great for things like fruit salad and things like that too.
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Posted 24 May 2008 - 05:49 AM

Hmm, I wonder if I've been adding enough now???

We always do the sandwich (ham/cheese/some sort of spead)
Homemade muffin / slice or biscuit
1 x piece of fruit.

Somedays they bring nothing home, somedays they bring they lot (except for a bite of a sandwich) happy.gif

My 4 year old (Prep) loves taking his lunch and gets grumpy if I give him tuckshop tongue.gif

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 03:28 PM

DD is almost 6.

She takes

1 x Breadroll (usually ham, or turkey, or chicken schnitzel, or vegimite if I've been slack and haven't been to the shops)

2 x pieces of fruit (pear, apple, banana, mandarin, or sometimes carrots or cucumber)
Le Snack dipper

1 x piece of fruit

Plus she also has a bottle of water.

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 03:57 PM

If you go to dinnerhelper I actually have a myspace recipe page thingy and a few months ago I did a 'special' on school lunches. You have to have a myspace page to view it tho, so if you dont, just let me know and I'll email you the tips and ideas instead biggrin.gif

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 10:15 PM

Wow I wish my son would eat some of those things he is super fussy and likes having the same thing everyday.
Vegemite sandwich/ or vegemite spread on a pita bread and then rolled up
a banana
dried fruit - sultana's and pineapple have just introduced him to pawpaw aswell
a popper
a packet of plain chips
and something baked from home like- banana bread, piklets, muffins or cupcakes

It's not the healthiest lunch but it is all I can get him to eat he won't let me change it and apart from the dried fruit it has been the same since grade 1.
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