A super organised dad has revealed the three things every parent should do to take their kids’ lunchboxes to the next level in 2021, and what you shouldn’t include in their midday meal.
George Georgievski, from Melbourne, has steadily built a following of more than 130,000 on social media over the past few years, mainly from sharing daily photos of the intricate lunches he puts together for his two girls.
George said when you’re making your kids’ lunchboxes, you should always think about the rainbow as inspiration, using their lunchboxes at home during the school holidays before school starts and the ‘rule of five’ when it comes to packing one.
A super organised dad has revealed the three things every parent should do to take their kids’ lunchboxes to the next level in 2021 (one of George’s lunches pictured)
George Georgievski, from Melbourne, has steadily built a following of more than 130,000 from sharing daily photos of the intricate lunches he puts together for his two girls (all pictured)
‘The number five is the most important thing to think about with kids’ lunchboxes,’ he told FEMAIL.
What are George’s top lunch tips?
* Do the grocery shopping on Sunday and plan ahead
* Try and change the lunchbox up daily to get variety and different vitamins
* Don’t just do sandwiches – you can use wraps, pasta, rice and eggs if the school allows them
* Use the colours of the rainbow in order to make it exciting for your kids
* Avoid sugary treats, and instead opt for exotic fruits like dragonfruit or passion fruit
* Chop your food with flare and colour co-ordinate different sections
‘That means two fruits and three vegetables in every lunchbox to make sure they get good nutrition throughout the school day.’
George’s second tip for parents this summer is that they should buy and start using their new school lunchbox long before term starts:
‘That way, the kids get used to eating from them and they will have a sense of comfort at school, especially when everything is daunting and new,’ he said.
You should always use the rainbow as inspiration.
The more colours you can pack into their midday meal, the better, as George said you should always remember that ‘children eat with their eyes’.
‘Let them go wow when they open their lunchbox, as if it looks good, it’ll taste even better,’ he said.
One of George’s favourite things to include in his kids’ school is a ‘ravwich’, which is his take on the Italian ravioli, or the ‘spring-wich’, which is his take on a Chinese spring roll.
He said anything you can do to update and change your kids’ lunchboxes from boring sandwiches is good.
George said the ‘rule of five’ is key when making a school lunchbox, insofar as it has to have three vegetables and two fruits in every box (one of his lunches pictured)
The more colours you can pack into their midday meal, the better, as George said you should always remember that ‘children eat with their eyes’ (one of his lunches pictured)
George also shared the best and worst foods to include in a packed lunch – which include fresh produce, home-baked items and 2-minute wholegrain noodles among the best.
‘I like to use foods that people wouldn’t normally have in their lunchboxes, for example, I wrap MAGGI 2-Minute Wholegrain Noodles around veggies to make crunchy and healthy veggies snacks,’ he said.
‘The noodles are a versatile snack made with the goodness of whole grain and are a source of fibre.’
George also shared the best and worst foods to include in a packed lunch – which include fresh produce, home-baked items and mini snacks, which they always like (one lunchbox pictured)
George said he always sticks to a budget when shopping for food at the supermarket, aiming to spend around $50 on foods for the kids (pictured together)
Otherwise, George said he likes fresh fruit and veg, and home baking as many items as possible.
‘Fast food in lunchboxes is not cool,’ he said.
‘Chips and sugary drinks are not good choices that support our little peeps good health or learning in the classroom, particularly if they are included regularly.’
George said he always sticks to a budget when shopping for food at the supermarket, aiming to spend around $50 on foods like puff pastry, which can stay frozen and lasts for three months while he makes various things.
‘When buying fruit, choose your own apples for example, and only buy the amount you will use rather than a bag,’ he said.
What are the best foods?
* Mini cucumbers
* Mini carrots
* Mini tomatoes
* Any twist on a regular sandwich – like a croissant, ‘ravwich’ or ‘springwich’
* Rainbow-coloured foods
* Red capsicums, used as a cup
What are the worst foods?
* Watery fruits
* Tomatoes in sandwiches
* Veggies that wilt quickly
* Anything too big – children like smaller, bite-sized portions
* Fast food
* Sugary items
‘When buying fruit, choose your own apples for example, and only buy the amount you will use rather than a bag,’ he said is a good tip (lunchbox pictured)
George said mini cucumbers, mini carrots, mini tomatoes and other things are good to include in lunchboxes (one of his lunchboxes pictured)
Finally, George shared one of his favourite things to make in his kids’ lunchboxes: his MAGGI Crunchy Veggies – which are ‘delicious and so easy to make’.
‘Once I have cooked the MAGGI 2-minute wholegrain noodles, I wrap them around veggies like carrots and zucchini and lightly season, before putting them in the oven for 10 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius.’
George said they are great because they fit perfectly in lunchboxes and are ‘healthy and fun’.
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