LOVELY LUNCHES

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Per­fect­ing a school lunch box is an art form! It’s got to be the right bal­ance of healthy, fresh and ap­peal­ing enough for kids to en­joy each day. Back in our day, a Vegemite sand­wich in a snap-lock bag with some bis­cuits or chips and a piece of fruit was pretty stan­dard, but the hum­ble lunch box has evolved! There’s no need to stress, as pack­ing lunches can be easy if you’re or­gan­ised.

Ge­orge Ge­orgievski of School Lunch Box is In­sta­gram fa­mous for his cre­ative, yet sim­ple lunch box cre­ations he packs daily for his two daugh­ters. Here, he shares some hacks to help you in the kitchen:

Use the ‘five’ rule to achieve bal­ance. “I in­clude two pieces of fruit and three ve­g­ies, it’s as sim­ple as that,” says Ge­orge. “I’ll change up the fruit on a daily ba­sis, but car­rots, mini cu­cum­bers and mini toma­toes are my safe ve­g­ies. Depend­ing on the sea­son I’d have a sliced ap­ple with some straw­ber­ries and on top of all of these I’d add a sand­wich, crois­sant or a sliced baguette.”

Di­vide and con­quer. “Soggy bread was an is­sue when I was a kid, so I do rec­om­mend a com­part­ment lunch box,” says Ge­orge. “I use the Stuck On You bento box as it has six leak-proof com­part­ments with no cross con­tam­i­na­tion of food and it’s air­tight, which means no soggy sand­wiches.”

Be pre­pared. “En­sure you have the bread and pro­duce ready to go. Do a quick plan the night be­fore so you know what to pre­pare in the morn­ing,” Ge­orge sug­gests. “I find that fig­ur­ing out what to put in my girls’ lunch box can be the most time­con­sum­ing, so plan ahead with a lunch plan­ner for the week.” This will also help form your shop­ping list.

New ter­ri­tory. “Fa­mil­iar food is al­ways the go-to, mean­ing I would only in­tro­duce a new food per­haps once a week,” he says. How­ever, Ge­orge says the trick is to make sure it’s sur­rounded by fa­mil­iar items your kids love, so it seems less daunt­ing.

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