It’s that time of the year again and although I thoroughly enjoy the freedom that the summer brings, especially as the children get older and become more independent, I have to admit I look forward to the routine that back to school brings.
Remember (or perhaps it’s your first time round) it does take a week or two to get into the swing of it; making lunches, having dinner on the table every evening, school runs, play dates and of course homework. All in all it’s a busy time.
It is worth the effort of getting that routine in place as soon as possible and believe it or not children thrive on routine and what's more it is good for them apparently! They say an organised home and predictable environment helps children feel safe and secure and allows them to learn more.
With this in mind I would like to share some of my tips to help in achieving a smooth transition from summertime to the back-to-school routine by sharing some fail-safe recipes and ideas to take the chore out of healthy lunch boxes for you and your kids. Having a great tasty lunch box will make your child's entire lunch experience so much better so ask them what they want and what they don't want (it will save money, waste and time).
- Plan in advance, and where possible get organised the night before – for example make up ham or cheese sandwiches and freeze them. By the time your child is ready to eat them at lunch the next day they are perfectly defrosted and totally FRESH!
- Variety is the spice of life – so vary your child's lunch box menu from day to day. Think pitta one day, crackers another, wholemeal bread, bagel or a wrap and that’s the week covered.
- For snacks and sides think fruit – fresh or dried, veg - cucumber and carrot sticks are always a winner and of course rice cakes or yoghurt.
- Be mindful of nut allergies - a lot of schools have a no nut policy these days.
- Get your children involved in preparing their own snacks and drinks in the morning it is good training and will help relieve some of the pressure from you.
Be sure to check in on the website next week for my midweek back 2 school meal recipe!
Try these delicious courgette and corn muffins, one of my archived recipes from the RTE Guide that I often use, always goes down a treat! The Cucumber Sailboats are a great after school snack for younger kids.