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Goupie Top Three...

Top 3 Packed Lunch Box Picks

1. Peanut butter sarnies

A firm favourite in our household. Peanut butter provides a good amount of protein, along with essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, and zinc. You can jazz things up by complementing the classic twist of Jam. I use sandwich cutters (which I picked up from Ebay) to quickly transform them into stars, flowers and animals - keeping it new but simple each time. Don’t forget that with any nut spread, to always check if it contains sustainable / responsibly sourced palm-oil. If it's not stated, then avoid and swap for a company who cares about the future of our rainforests.

Peanut butter

2. Eat-real veggie straws

These are 100% guaranteed to be the first thing gone from the lunchbox. My children can’t ever resist them. This healthier alternative to crisps are made from real, natural ingredients with no added nasties (artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives). They come in multipacks, but to reduce our plastic consumption, I always buy the family-sized bags and separate them out into lunchboxes. One large bag fills all of our lunchboxes twice a week (including me pinching a few in the process)!

Veggie straws

3. Fruit salad

Nothing says ‘I'm delicious’ more than a rainbow loaded fruit salad. I love the contrast of different fruits. The dark hues of blueberries against a flash of yellow mango. Or the black and green of kiwi nestled among red strawberries. Buying locally will pave way to new flavours each month as we harvest different fruits during the seasons. You can also use this as an opportunity to encourage the children to grow their own strawberry patch, or bramble bush in the garden. Letting children nurture and watching their fruit grow, u-turns the battle of getting them to eat their '5 a day'. Suddenly, they are desperate to eat their fruit! September is the perfect time to plant some blueberry plants. They love acidic soils, but if your soil isn’t compatible you can grow them in pots of ericaceous compost.

Fruit Salad

This piece has been written for Goupie by Emma Oldham.