Lunch box snack packaging ideas
For some parents, preparing homemade snacks can be stressful. Often kids come home hungry but with snacks and even entire lunch boxes untouched. Healthy Kids has had feedback from both school canteens and parents that switching up the way snacks are packed and presented can be the difference between an empty lunch box and a heap of leftovers.
So we’ve gathered a list of fun and practical packaging ideas to try at home and at school. It’s not a huge list, but we hope they help!
When it comes to packing snacks for kids, you can never go wrong with mini snack containers. These are affordable and come in a range of different shapes and sizes from stores such as Kmart, Big W and Target. Tupperware offers microwavable containers made from anti-scratch materials, making them perfect for kids. Pick bright colours or characters your kids love to get them excited about eating your healthy, homemade snacks.
Compartmentalised lunch and ‘bento’ boxes
Using sectioned lunch boxes is a great way to keep snacks separated (if you have a fussy eater) without the hassle of multiple individual boxes. Plus, there’s the added benefit of giving kids a smorgasbord of choice in one hit which allows them to make their own food selections at recess and lunch based on hunger and satiety. Lock&Lock containers are a classic choice, with a wide selection of sizes and removable compartments. Plus their secure seals means there won’t be any food leaking into school bags. Another option is YumBox – they have a section for dips to accompany veggie sticks or whole grain pita bread.
Stainless steel containers
If you’re looking for an alternative to plastic containers, PlanetBox offers a range of stainless steel lunch boxes that are non-toxic, recyclable and reusable. Best of all, they do not absorb unwanted food odours or stains and are strong enough to withstand playground antics.
Reusable sandwich and snack bags
LunchSkins and ZipZags snack bags are eco-friendly, reusable alternatives to the usual plastic sandwich bags. There are various sizes and patterns to choose from, and are happily dishwasher safe.
Reusable food pouches
A budget-friendly and convenient way to pack yoghurt, soups and healthy smoothies into a lunch box. The pouches come with a screw top lid so kids can drink straight from the pouch without the fuss of a spoon or straw, and are available from Sinchies.
Reusable icy pole sleeves
You can create fun, refreshing and healthy icy snacks using ZipPops. If you’re after a more environmentally friendly option, there are a range of colourful silicone moulds on hte market than can be washed and reused. Fill these with fruit purees, smoothies and yoghurt. Make sure you use an insulated lunch box and pack an ice brick or frozen water bottle to keep these cool at school.
Silicone cupcake liners
Perhaps a surprising choice, but these reusable cupcake holders work well as handy little dividers. You can use them to hold snacks such as boiled eggs or a healthy savoury muffin. They are easy to wash and also add a pop of colour to the lunch box. These can be purchased from most homeware cooking stores.