Google for some research on school lunches and you can find a vast array of content.

From a news channel running a story about the number of children who attend school with no lunch, or money to buy it, to images of a RRP $100+ shiny stainless steel lunch box, filled with almost nothing but kale, capsicum and carrots painstakingly cut into star shapes, to studies showing many Aussie schools struggle to meet government healthy canteen guidelines.

Good nutrition should be within the reach of all children, not only those with parents who have time to cut vegetables into fun shapes.

In light of this, here at Bloom we are embarking on a series of posts about kids lunches and snacks. About keeping it real, and getting it right, no matter if you’re short on time, sticking to a grocery budget, or navigating the canteen menu.

Check out Julia’s post on her favourite packet snacks to throw into a lunchbox when she’s short on time here… with more to follow on shortcuts to deciphering snack food labels, navigating the school canteen, and other school lunch hacks.

Let us know what you’d like to know more about when it comes to your child’s school lunch… look forward to hearing from you!

Angela @ Bloom 🌿


  • Pj

    October 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Hi Angela and Julia. I love that you’re doing a series on lunch box foods- such a stressful topic in our house. I have 4 school kids- 2 at primary school and 2 at home. The older 2 are fussy eaters- mostly scared to try anything new (though my husband and I were both fussy eaters growing up so it’s not surprising!). I see so many blog posts on healthy school lunch boxes however my kids will not touch 99% of what is in these. One lives on popcorn, sometimes a banana (the only fruit she eats), homemade oat slice (not the healthiest but I figure better that store bought sweet snacks as I know what goes into it) and a peanut butter salada. Other than chips and chocolate, which I don’t allow, and sweet biscuits, which are a very occasional lunchbox treat, she refuses to eat any other snack food. This is very difficult for after school hunger too. The other will choose from 3 or 4 types of fruit, a handful of jatz type crackers (no cheese), oat slice and a Vegemite sandwich. He used to take cheese and nuts but will not eat them now. They don’t eat yoghurt, cheese, dried fruit, savoury muffins or anything else I can think of that’s not rubbish. Do you have any tips on how to slowly widen their snack choices? Thanks


    • Bloom

      October 12, 2017 at 1:37 am

      Hi there. Fussy eating can become a real concern in feeding your family, and when you’re sending kids off for the day you want to feel they’re both eating enough and eating well- we understand! We can definitely put up some practical information on expanding food variety in lunch boxes. No problem! In the mean time there’s some information on expanding food variety in general in some of our other posts. Have a little read through and see which of those tips could work in your family.
      All the best, Angela 🌿


      • Bloom

        October 20, 2017 at 8:50 am



    • Bloom

      October 20, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Hi Pj. Head over to our new post. Hopefully some tips to try at home!
      Best of luck 🌿


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