Mixed lunchbox combos

Mixed lunchbox combos

The following examples are mixed combinations for segmented lunch boxes with four segments per box.

Suggestions such as dips (hummus, tahini and tzatziki) homemade meat balls, quinoa salad, eggs and egg muffins can all be prepared at the beginning of the week when you wash and slice all your fruit and veg. Mashing meatballs together, whisking up the ingredients for egg muffins and food processing dips is really quick. Kept in the fridge, this weekly labour of love lasting an hour or two will save you 15-20 mins each day washing and preparing foods and enable you to provide those cherubs - and yourself - with easy to prepare lunch box combinations.

Carrot- cut into flower shapes with your shape cutter.

Sliced capsicums and sliced raw mushrooms. There are so many mushrooms to choose from, so make sure you get plenty of variety! Some are more nutritious/therapeutic than others, so as with everything, mix it up!

Sliced Kiwifruit, fresh blueberries and strawberries

Homemade "bliss balls" aka protein balls. These can be savoury or sweet so jump online and check out the millennia of options.

Cherry tomatoes-red and yellow

Edamame beans (contain Omega 3 and high in protein)

Grapes and strawberries-try to get the red grapes for colour variation

Carrots- long slices and hummus dip-in a separate condiment container.

Cheese slices-don't forget the curly shapes and variations you can make with cheese depending on your choice of cheese!

Sliced pear or apple plus half a cup blueberries

1 cup Quinoa Salad-there are plenty of recipes on the internet.

Cucumber slices with Tzatziki

Slices of AvocadoCubes of baked sweet potato (tastes great baked with coconut oil and cinnamon powder)

Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries

Salmon slices or any sliced protein (eggs?) Omega 3 in daily lunch box if possible

Crunchy baked or dehydrated kale

Sliced cucumber and radish. (Don't forget your funny veggie cutters)

Blackberries and Raspberries. Berries are some of the highest sprayed crops in the world so try to always go organic with these antioxidant superstars!

Homemade "bliss balls" aka protein balls (See above).

Sliced Turkey or Salmon Long sticks of celery filled any dip your baby loves-don’t forget about spicy hummus

Sliced kiwifruit and blueberries Sliced cheese-oooh the choice! And don't forget it's not just cows that make cheese!

Homemade meat balls sitting on rocket or any leafy greens.

Natural plain yogurt- coconut or dairy- even sheep's or goat yogurt and fresh berries go great in one separate condiment container.
Black bean (purple) pasta. The colour is bright and attractive with the thin 'worms' of pasta fun to dangle into your mouth didn't you know?
Homemade meat balls-the fresh (sssh green) herbs you can get to your own meat balls will never be known!
Mandarin or orange segments already peeled and sliced of course. Perhaps some raw capsicum would go well in this mix also - yellow or orange.
Cherry tomatoes and dried apricots
Sliced turkey
Sliced avocado
Steamed mixed vegetables prepared earlier and kept cold in the fridge - broccoli, capsicum and zucchini. Remember vegetables always taste better, and are better for us if kept crunchie!
Sliced firm peaches and blueberries
Sliced raw mushrooms and capsicum-try to find yellow or orange.
Edamame beans
Boiled eggs-funny faces on their shells or sliced ready to go- it’s up to you!
Roast lamb or beef slices
Quinoa salad-choose an easy one off the net to make at the beginning of the week
Slices of avocado
Slices of apple - don't forget about that crazy zucchini hair that is easy done with a spiraliser!

This is just a small variety of combinations for you to experiment with. Looking online, or heading into your local raw foods cafe will also give you some nutritious new ideas on how to prepare foods and perhaps even find some kitchen utensils you never even knew existed! I mean a spiralizer - how fun!

Just one final point worth a mention - nuts! Kids can drive you, and they are also a big no no in the schoolyard. An anaphylactic attack that can end in death is not what you want your child to face. Even if your child lives on a macadamia farm, that five year old love of his or her life at school may have nut allergies. So be mindful not to add then into your child’s "healthbox". Save those for weekend treats when you make your raw cakes?




Kylie McCarthy

Kylie McCarthy is a nutritionist with www.cabothealth.com.au