With approximately two weeks before the school year starts for most Aussie kids, there is a lot of action on the interwebs with people sharing wonderful and healthy school lunches for kids.
I'm not a foodie or nutrition blogger so I'll leave that up to others. But when you start to think about school lunches, isn't your mind always cast back to your own school days?
Talk to any grown adult these days born from the 1980's or earlier and you can almost see them shudder at the memory of their school lunches that were packed off to school with five days a week. Then there are also just as many people who highlight some of the favourite lunches from their school yard days as well.
I put the call out some time ago to my friends and asked them to throw some of their school lunch memories and stories with me.
- A personal favourite of my husbands and many others it would seem is the good old Strasburg or Devon and tomato sauce sandwiches. Personally I this makes me feel a bit ick.
- Peanut butter sandwiches, which is a big no, no these days in most schools with so many concerns about allergic reactions.
- What about some other favourite and loathed sandwich fillings like baked beans and cheese, squished banana, leftovers, tomato and cheese, Vegemite, Devilled Ham Paste......have you got a favourite out of those mentions? Perhaps you're feeling a bit squeamish?
- Twenty cent icy poles at the tuck shop, it was a cheap chilly thrill as a kid and we loved it, am I right?
- Who else got a frozen popper/juice box or frozen drink bottle with tea towel wrapped around and held in place with a rubber band......I did!
One old friend of mine recounted this school yard drink bottle story:
"In primary school, my mum once made my cordial with dish washing liquid instead of cordial!! They were both stored in the same cupboard at home and both yellow. I remember running out to the playground and having a huge drink because I was so thirsty."
Is it any wonder we survived as kids with no such thing as insulated lunch boxes and bags with ice bricks to stop our cold meat sandwiches from turning to a food bio-hazard sweating it out in school bags in the hot sun of the bag racks.
Some of us didn't even have lunch boxes and pails and lunch was in a brown paper bag, if your sandwich got beaten around and squished beyond recognition, too bad if you didn't want to starve all day you ate it.
Some of us had friends though, with amazing lunches who we traded with because all they wanted was a normal lunch like everyone else.
These days our kids go to school with insulated lunch bags, bento boxes and myriad of different lunch options that change things up from the monotony of sandwiches every day. Now that I've sufficiently helped you recall some of your worst and best school lunch memories from your childhood, if you'd like to not have your child endure living out some of these lunch horror memories, I've rallied a little help for you.
Here is a list of some Australian Blogging friends that I called out to to share some of their best back to school lunch inspirations and suggestions. I'm feeling hungry having just checked out these healthy and nutritious ideas, which is just as well because we all know we function better when our bodies and our children's bodies are fueled with good food.
- Stacey at Veggie Mama has got some divine sweet and savoury options.
- Kylie at Kidgredients has a whole site dedicated to feeding our kids yummy food.
- Lee at Healthy Natural Changes has an awesome post with lunch box ideas, including paleo suggestion and store bought snacks and options that aren't junk.
- Eloise Emmett is a qualified chef, experience food stylist and mum to three children and has also written The Real Food for Kids Cookbook, so you know she's going to have some great advice.
- Over at Mumma Hack there is loads of great ideas and tips on being organised with healthy options for the whole week.
- Mandy over at My Lovely Little Nest can help you with those creative looking lunch box ideas which can be incredibly handy for fussy eaters who might need a bit of wooing.
- Finally if you're needing some advice or reviews on which lunch box to buy, to hold all these yummy offerings from these awesome mums Oh So Busy Mum can help.
I hope these awesome Aussie mums have helped squish some of those school lunch box memories of your own, that I may have forced you to relive.
Labels: Childhood, family