Mr 5 starts school in less than a week. He is excited. I am excited. When he’s asked what school he is going to Mr 5 just says ‘Big’ School and it really can’t start soon enough. We have everything ready, uniform, school bag, new drink bottle (thanks Santa) and now the final piece of the back to school puzzle, the pièce de résistance: the lunchbox.
We actually already had a perfectly functional lunchbox that saw us through kindy but I found myself looking at (ok, coveting) beautiful lunchboxes from Little Lunch Box Co and the gorgeous (and oh so necessary in Queensland) insulated lunch bag from Apple & Mint. When Mr 5 asked if he was getting a new lunchbox I decided yes, yes he would be getting a new lunchbox.
My heart actually skipped a beat when I saw the parcel arriving and it was love at first sight. Oh, and Mr 5 thinks it’s pretty cool too. Initially I had thought I would save it for a surprise on the first day of school but I just could not wait to use it.
So I packed it up with apple, yogurt and fresh strawberries, apricot, strawberry muesli bars and vegemite and cheese wrap ‘snails’. The best thing about the lunchbox is that the compartments do not leak into one another so it is possible to pack wet foods like yogurt along side your dry foods. So handy.
Pictured above: natural popcorn, apple and oat slice, dried fruit mix (apricots, sultanas and cranberries), grapes and watermelon.
It’s also really handy for all of us for morning tea or afternoon tea when we are out and about. I decided to get the Bento 5 as I enjoy packing a variety of foods but I think I am going to have to invest in a Bento 3 in the near future for packing larger sandwiches – yes a totally necessary purchase. But, if my husband sees another children’s food related product in our cupboard it will take a lot more than a chocolate cake to make him forgive me.
Anyway on to the recipes. I want to give Mr 5 lots of variety in his lunchboxes so I have been busy with a lot of baking and getting a stock of lunchbox friendly food in the freezer. I also wanted to make sure the recipes were generally quite healthy but taste delicious. One of the recipes I tried out was strawberry banana muesli bars a recipe from Amy’s Healthy Baking and while they are good I also tried my own variation (feature image) that follows the recipe base but I substituted the strawberries with raspberries and added 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut and 50 grams of dark chocolate to the mix to make coconut, raspberry and chocolate muesli bars. Mmmm.
Another winner from this week (recipe also by Amy’s Healthy Baking) were these Carrot Cake Oat Cookies. They are seriously good – super tasty and no refined sugar. And they have carrot in them. So really if you think about it is practically like eating a salad.
I am planning on making a few savoury lunchbox treats next week so stay tuned!
There is no affiliation with Little Lunch Box Co or Apple & Mint – they’re just really cool products!