Give your lunchbox a steely makeover!
Feb 6, 2019
If you have retrieved last year’s lunchbox from the ‘plastics cupboard’, you may have noticed that plastic boxes and the Tropics are generally not a good fit! Plastic boxes can get brittle and tend to crack, plus they are not known for their eco-friendly and toxic-free, safe qualities.
A great alternative are stainless-steel lunchboxes. These are genuinely ‘investment’ items – costing between $40 and $60 depending on size (it’s probably a good idea to buy big so the lunchbox can be used by every family member family, and you won’t need to ‘upsize’ as your child grows older). But stainless-steel lunchboxes are worth the investment – several brands come with a 5-year guarantee, they are almost indestructible, and they’re designed to be eco-friendly and offer a safe storage solution (non-toxic, non-leaching, safe from BPA, phthalates, and lead).
With the lunchbox sorted for the rest of your child’s school career and probably your working life too, how do you fill it?
5 easy steps to a healthy lunchbox
The Root Cause’s Bel Smith suggests sticking to five components to making it quick, easy and healthy to fill each and every one of the 200 days you’ll do it during the school year:
- fruit (one portion – banana, apple, mandarin)
- vegetables (one or two serves – carrots, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes with dip, if it helps encourage children to eat them up)
- healthy snack (one portion, preferably home-made or a less sugary choice such as air-popped popcorn)
- a water bottle
- and finally, a great main lunch. Sandwiches are everyone’s standard ‘go-to’, but options could include leftovers from dinner, a good quality protein source such as roast chicken or turkey (not from the deli), beef, tofu, beans, a healthy fat such as real butter, avocado, or salmon and a wholegrain source.