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.