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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Busy Parents

When you are looking after a family and working as well, keeping on top of things can be difficult. Although you might not see your own lunch as a priority, it is important to eat well and look after yourself.

Here are a few ideas of healthy snacks you can pack in your lunchbox in addition to sandwiches or a salad to make sure you are always full of energy:

  • Porridge oats & milk for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack
  • Vegetable sticks (carrots, cucumber, celery)
  • Breadsticks or grissini
  • Tzatziki or hummus
  • Healthy crisps
  • Homemade cereal bars
  • Dark chocolate
  • Biscuits
  • Several portions of fruit to eat throughout the day: bananas, apples, satsumas, grapes, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, apricots
  • Dried fruit & nuts to nibble when your energy levels are getting low
  • Healthy muffins
  • Yoghurts or fruit purées
  • Plenty of water

What do you put in your lunchbox

In France, you can buy fruit purée pouches (they are not just for babies!), and unsweetened compote de pommes (apple purée) is my absolute favourite. It is inexpensive, does not need to be refrigerated and always makes the perfect snack. I always buy a couple of big boxes when I visit my family, but I run out pretty quickly as I love them so much.

My favourite yoghurts, Petits Filous, have just launched pouches in three flavours: strawberry, raspberry and apricot. As soon as I found out about them, I asked Hubby to get some for the kids (me!).

Here is a conversation Crevette and I had last week:

Crevette: “I love those pouches!”

Me: “How do you know? They’re new. You’ve never tried them.”

Crevette, sounding annoyed: “Well, I know what Petits Filous taste like and I like yoghurt in pouches, so I love them!”

Me: “Which one do you think you’ll like best?”

Crevette: “Which one is there?”

Me: “Apricot, strawberry and raspberry!”

Crevette: “I preeeeefer tadada… Strawberry!”

Me: “Shall we try, then, instead of typing our conversation!”

Crevette, reading what I have just typed, laughs and suggests trying the pouches straight away!

Crevette and I went in the garden and got a bit creative as we were trying the pouches, making a quick stop motion. We hope you like it!

We both loved the yoghurt pouches. They reminded me of Yop, a yoghurt drink I used to have all the time when I was growing up.

These little pouches are really a convenient, tasty option for busy families. They also provide calcium and vitamin D which help build strong bones.

Check out my little Wriggly multitasking. She can ride her rocking horse and eat her Petits Filous at the same time!

Babies can multitask - eating yghurt and riding a rocking horse

I was sent supermarket vouchers to spend on Petits Filous pouches but all opinions and photos are my own.

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  1. internationalelfservice
    02/07/2015 / 10:20 am

    I love this and love the conversation with Crevette. It’s always good to know what you like!

  2. 03/07/2015 / 12:00 am

    How cool is your petit filous stop frame film! Love this post, my eldest has school lunches (the cook is amazing and they make him all gluten-free food) but this is inspiring for picnics, thanks. Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogpots x

    • Mel
      04/07/2015 / 12:57 am

      My little man can’t wait for packed lunches. We bought an insulated bag for him yesterday and that made his day, bless him!

  3. 11/07/2015 / 4:51 am

    Haha! I LOVE your little stop motion – that was the yoghurt pouches AND me smiling 🙂

  4. Corina
    15/07/2015 / 12:03 pm

    I’ll have to try and find these. My 1 year old loves petit filous but always makes such a mess with the spoon!

    • Mel
      15/07/2015 / 11:22 pm

      Exactly the same here. The pouches are ideal & completely mess-free!

  5. 15/07/2015 / 11:46 pm

    We love petit filous (how cute are your pics), I wish I could still feed my boys from pouches! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

    • Mel
      15/07/2015 / 11:56 pm

      I think I had more of the pouches than they had! I love them! x

  6. Mel
    15/07/2015 / 11:57 pm

    I bet she loves them when she tries! x

    • Angela Milnes
      16/07/2015 / 5:16 am

      i’m sure she will!

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