What is in my toddlers lunchbox?
Feat. Australian Certified Organic.
Packing my toddlers lunch box daily can be a bit of a challenge as Cruz (nearly 2) can like something one day and then change his mind the next and say his famous “no” to what I have on offer. So I like to mix up his lunchbox with a few different yummy goodies and options but also like to offer him some of the same foods daily even if he doesn’t eat them because tomorrow he may haha.
The thing I have found with feeding Cruz is to keep his foods simple at lunch time, not make it to exotic when we are out and about on picnic dates. I offer him lots of different foods at home but when we are out I just want to give him something quick and easy as he is usually hungry and wants it “NOW daddy” (he calls me dad not mum haha cheeky).
When buying snacks and lunchbox goodies I have been doing my best to look for the Australian Organic Certification BUD logo on a majority of my foods I buy for the kiddies. Sometimes food will still say they are organic but aren’t legally certified.
… “The majority of organic products sold in Australia carry the Australian Certified Organic BUD Logo. You will see the BUD on products ranging from apples to baby foods, coffee to licorice, clothing and cosmetics.
The BUD Logo is displayed as a stamp of integrity, and is the only symbol that consumers widely recognise. The BUD represents everything that Australian organics is about – the growth and promise of spring, the sign of big things growing from the initial organic movement, and the strength and logic of nature and natural (biological and organic) systems in guiding our choices in life. The BUD reassures consumers that all the product ingredients have been certified to the Australian Certified Organic Standard and have met rigorous certification checks. It can only be used on packaging for products which have achieved certification through ACO’s certification scheme. Most importantly, the BUD represents Australia’s leading certification program – ACO – ensuring integrity of organic products in the marketplace for consumers.”
Referenced from https://aco.net.au/standard/australian-certified-organic/
Here are some of my simple lunchbox ideas I am currently packing for Cruz.
Raw Veggies & Fruit
I am currently not allowed to chop up any of these items (or a tantrum will occur). He must have a whole Apple/banana or a whole carrot. I have been loving the little red apples from our local organic shop as they are a great size for him. Plus they aren’t sprayed with all those nasties. Their carrots are so nice and sweet and bright orange to. These items are all great to keep in the lunch box or nappy bag for a quick snack, they aren’t to messy either. Strawberries have been great this season to. The last few weeks have been only $3.50 a punnet at Wray Organic (my local organic store). Blueberries are also cheaper this time of year to and great for the kiddies to snack on.
Obviously always watch your child when consuming popcorn but we have been loving the Cobs organic lightly salted popcorn I also make this myself sometimes in the popcorn machine. Cruzie never ever says no to popcorn haha.
A healthier version to crisps – Corn Chips
A good fashioned sandwich.
Cruzie has been loving turkey, spinach leaves and sauerkraut just depending on the day wether it’s cut into triangles or rectangles haha.
A sandwich or a wrap is great to pack into a cooler bag too. Always nice and fulfilling to. You can fill them with lots of different variations even just peanut butter if that what your toddler loves.
Mini homemade muffins or pancakes.
I love to create muffin or pancake recipes and hide in lots of fruit and veggies into them. Great little bite size health treats for our toddlers to snack on. Here is one of my favourite recipes for Cruz at the moment.
Zucchini and Banana Bites
1 small zucchini (raw)
1 organic egg or chia egg
1 cup organic raw oats
1/2 cup organic almond milk or milk of choice
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
Pour into mini muffin moulds.
Add in some fresh chopped strawberries or blueberries to the muffin if you wish.
Bake on 180 degrees in a preheated oven for 15-20minutes.
Can double the recipe and freeze.
For more information on the Australian Certified Organic BUD products check out their website or Instagram.
Website – https://aco.net.au
Instagram – http://instagram.com/australianorganic
For more toddler lunchbox ideas or snacks or recipes check out my Instagram page.
Thanks for reading.
Cruzies dinosaur cooler lunchbox from Chic Family Collection