It’s the second week back to school, and while we love that our routine is in place, many of us already feel stuck for healthy lunchbox recipes. Inverloch 3996 sat down with Brent Sinclair to put together some healthy kids’ lunchbox ideas that are fun, easy, and practical.
It’s quite obvious, with a quick stroll down the perilous middle aisles of any supermarket store, that a lot of food marketing targets children—and not always with the healthiest options. Getting your kids to eat healthy food requires creativity with the lunchbox, so why not try these home-made creative ideas next week.
Apricot Muesli Balls
Easy Zucchini + Rice Slice
Top Tip: can use other grated vegetables as well.
Fruit in the lunchbox doesn’t have to be a boring … and these nude food lunchbox ideas prove it
Hearts & Stars Fruit Salad
You can serve this fun fruit salad with yoghurt, put it on top of pancakes, or just pop into lunchboxes with a fork. The kids will love helping to press out the shapes before eating them.
Homemade Apple Chips
5 MINUTES WITH BRENT SINCLAIR
Brent Sinclair has been a foodie all of his life; he has a vision and mission to deliver world-class food using the best available produce from a range of local suppliers. Brent has a well-deserved reputation for presenting exceptional food that is both delicious and nutritionally balanced. Today he has proven his worth by inspiring us with lunchbox ideas for the kids. We wanted to know more about what inspired him to become a foodie in the first place…
1. What was your favourite lunchbox item as a kid?
I loved muesli bars, hence my remake with a healthier version such as Apricot Muesli Balls. The challenge with a lot of lunchbox staples is that you don’t know the ingredients. However, when you make them yourself, you always know exactly what your kids are eating.
2. How can we keep our kids inspired with their lunchbox meals?
I think there is a lot of competition with supermarket store isles, but getting kids and people involved in the process always helps. If it’s not a veggie patch, it can be as simple as cooking together. Apple chips, for example, are super easy; and by involving your kids in the process, they feel that extra pride and knowledge in eating food they made themselves.
3. Do you think Australia has its own unique cooking/food style? If so, what stands out to you the most?
Yes, Australians really love their fresh ingredients--good food, fresh, and local. In the Bass Coast region, many people have their own veggie gardens and love to cook things from scratch. This is really one of the healthiest ways to live.
4. What would you eat for last meal on earth?
As a foodie, my tastes are changing all the time. To be honest, it would probably depend on the time of year: something fresh, delicious and seasonal.
5. What are the top ten ingredients that are always in your pantry/fridge?
This is a tricky one because, as you know, I've got a huge herb garden. So whereas most people would say buy garlic, onions, etc., I just have to walk outside and retrieve them at certain times of the year to get all my fresh herbs. It remains to have basic stuff on hand like olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, good quality Italian tinned tomatoes, flour, farm eggs of all kinds, various vinegars (balsamic, red wine, white wine, cider), various mustards, good quality butter, sugar - in other words, the staples.
6. What are the goals of your business?