1. Use an Eggspress egg shaper (R99, Superbalist) to make hard-boiled eggs into a variety of shapes, from hearts, to stars, to owls.
  1. Frozen grapes not only help keep the lunchbox cold but they double up as a healthy snack!
  1. Use a cookie cutter (R62.95, Boardmans) to make simple snacks – from bread, to dried fruit – more fun.
  1. Food flags (R69, Superbalist) can help to keep food together in your lunchbox – and they look cute too!

 

  1. Turn wraps layered with ham, cheese and vegetables into ‘tortilla sushi’.

Tip: Get creative with the fillings; ham and scrambled eggs, tomato, feta and cucumber – tortilla sushi is the perfect blank canvas for whatever your child likes the most.

  1. Use washi tape (R39.90, CNA) to make disposable cutlery fun.
  1. Use silicone cupcake holders (R59, Home Etc.) as lunchbox dividers to hold dips or runaway treats.

 

  1. Add a bit of fun to homemade popcorn by turning it into a butterfly with Ziploc bags and a decorated peg.
  1. Prepare a fresh fruit and yoghurt smoothie and freeze it in a water or juice bottle overnight – it keeps lunch cold but best of all, by the time break arrives, it will be defrosted and the perfect temperature. A cute bottle – like the Mermaid Water one from Typo for R149.99 – will make this treat even better.
  1. A fun but practical lunchbox will make any lunchtime experience better. Here are some of our favourites:
  • Pastel stackable lunchboxes (R149.99, Typo)
  • Sistema sandwich lunchbox cube (R174.90, CNA)
  • Fridge and Game Box bento boxes (R199 each, Superbalist)

 

  1. Try these coconut and cashew date balls as a tasty and healthy snack:

Makes 8

 

60g cashew nuts, toasted

10 medjool dates, pitted

½ cup desiccated coconut

1 tbs coconut oil, melted

¼ cup desiccated coconut, for rolling

 

Place the nuts, dates, coconut and oil in a blender and blend together to form a chunky paste. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls and then roll them in the extra coconut.

Tip: Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder for a chocolate version, or have fun rolling the balls in different ingredients such as toasted nuts, cocoa powder or sprinkles.

 

 

  1. These egg-in-toast cups offer a great protein boost – just what’s needed in the middle of a tiring school day!

 Serves 4

 

4 slices wholewheat, low GI health bread

Soft butter, for spreading

4 small eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Using a cookie cutter, cut the bread into rounds (alternatively, you can cut the crusts off and use the bread as is). Press the bread shapes into a greased muffin tin. Crack an egg into the middle of each bread shape, then bake in the preheated oven for five minutes until the bread is toasted and the egg is cooked. Allow to cool completely.

 

HAVE FUN WITH SCHOOL LUNCHES!

Win all the brownie points with your family when you use these ideas to pack them fun and healthy lunches. Use your RCS Card at your favourite grocery store to make it happen.