Cool back-to-school accessories, tips and lunch box ideas for kids

Posted on January 10th, 2018

Still need to do some last-minute back-to-school shopping? Check out these cool accessories your little one will love, PLUS handy tips and lunch box ideas for the new school year.

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The school clothes and school shoes are sorted, but do you have all the stationary your little one will need, a cool backpack and lunch box inspiration to brighten up your little one’s school day?

ALSO SEE: How to make your kids’ school shoes last longer

Fun accessories

Lunch bag, R249.95

Available from Pylones flagship stores nationwide and online from www.pylones.co.za

Pylones Lunch Box

Animal pencils, R49.95 each

Available from Pylones flagship stores nationwide and online from www.pylones.co.za

Pylones Animal Pencils

Tinkerbell Backpack, R159.95

Available from Ackermans

Tinkerbell backpack

Spiderman Backpack, R159.95

Available from Ackermans

Spiderman Backpack

Paw Patrol lunch box, R39.90

Available from CNA

Paw patrol lunch box

Tips for preparing and packing healthy school lunch boxes

A lunch box filled with fatty and sugary foods does not provide the necessary vitamins and minerals for long lasting energy. This can also be a major contributor to a child being overweight. Proper nutrition is tied to better academic performance.

Pharmacist and founder of The Diet Everyone Talks About, Gert Coetzee suggests the following when packing your little one’s school lunch box.

  • Fruit:  Fresh fruit like apples, bananas, peaches, plums, grapes and pears are best.  Avoid including dried fruit bars in your child’s lunch box as they have no nutritional value and are very high in sugar.  Cut your little one’s fruit into manageable sizes, which will make them fun and easy to eat.  Fruit provides ample energy and almost every nutrient which the body needs.
  • Dairy:  Include a small milk drink or fruit yoghurt.  These are great sources of protein, vitamin D, calcium and other important nutrients which contribute to bone growth.  Avoid giving your children dairy desserts which are high in sugar.

ALSO SEE: The nutritional benefits of yoghurt for kids

  • Bread:  Try a variety of low carb bread options such as whole wheat slim slice bread and Blue Ribbon white bread because there’s only 7g in each slice.  Whole wheat bread has more nutrients including fibre, protein and B vitamins which are all good for the body.
  • Fillings:  Fillings can include tuna, avocado, peanut butter, sliced cold meats, cheese and pickles.  Avoid fatty meats and chocolate spreads.  Go for lean cuts, as they are all lower in salt and fat and are better for your children than processed meats.
  • Vegetables:  Include vegetable sticks with a dip, but avoid sweet dips.  You can also try mixed veggies such as carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber.  Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories.  Veggies are important sources of many nutrients which include vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.
  • Low-sugar treats/snacks:  Healthy treats and snacks can include biltong, sweet potato chips, cheese wedges, popcorn and trail mix.

ALSO SEE: Make your own trail mix

Lunch box ideas

Kids can be appallingly picky eaters and if your child refuses to eat the usual lunchbox fare, you’ll find comfort in these healthy alternatives loaded with goodness.

Cheesy corn muffins

Cheesy-corn-muffins

Click here for the recipe.

Spanish omelette with new potato, courgette and tomato

Spanish omelettes are delicious cold and make a nice change from sandwiches.

Spanish omelette with new potato, courgette and tomato

Click here for the recipe.

Stuffed pita pockets

Stuff pitta pockets with a nutritious filling for a nice change from an ordinary sandwich for your child’s lunchbox. Try this tasty tuna mix which can be prepared the night before.

Stuffed pita pockets

Click here for the recipe.