Having trouble with the lunch box police? Need a healthier snack option? What about a tasty snack the kids will love which is amber approved within the Healthy School Canteen Strategy and comes with a Gluten Free option? Well the Mamee range of snacks are exactly that!
There is nothing I can’t stand more in this “nanny state” of a world we live in than the “lunch box police”. Like we don’t have enough to worry about as parents already. Uniforms washed, homework completed, shoes tied up, teeth cleaned, sports uniform packed, book money for book club and school banking and on and on and on…. oh and don’t forget, on top of all of that, it is our responsibility, as the parent, to ensure that our child’s lunch box is packed full of nutritional, healthy, fat free, sugar free food!
Arrgh! The pressure! And don’t even think about sneaking in a little lunch box treat… do you know some kindergartens send notes home now to parents?! Notes! Scolding them for the lunch box treat with the treat returned in a little bag! NOOO! Yes. Yes they do.
When Stella started Kindergarten at the start of the year I actually praised the lunch box Gods when her teacher said pretty much the most smartest thing I have ever heard a teacher say when it comes to packing lunch boxes, “We are not here to police your child’s lunch box, make healthy choices and if they have a little treat we will ask them to eat it last after they have eaten their other food”. What was these words falling out of the lovely Ms Sharon’s mouth? They couldn’t be…. common sense, could they? No, surely not!
Finally! Someone who totally understood exactly how we should be handling this whole “I’m sorry but little Suzy can’t eat this choc chip wholemeal organic banana muffin because it has choc chips in it” nonsense! Finally, some good old common sense! Give your kids healthy stuff but a little treat every now and then is OK! Let’s teach them about moderation! Let’s teach them about making healthy choices! Let’s teach them about always foods and sometimes foods! Thank you. Thank you Ms Sharon!
Well, I can tell you right now the pressure fell straight off my nervous little food nazi shoulders to hear that because aside from the usual no peanuts (which I totally understand and agree with) we had free range with our lunch box choices.
So, you’re probably all expecting me to show you a photo of Stella’s lunch box packed full of jam sandwiches, donuts, chocolate hedgehog slice and a token brown banana. Well no. Because that’s not us! That’s not the way we eat because I believe in moderation. What I do like knowing though is that if I want to, and if I feel as though my child deserves it, I can sneak in a little treat every now and then without it being sent home in a “naughty bag” with a “naughty note”.
So, what exactly do I pack in my kids lunch boxes? Well, we have a mixture of items which I think (without claiming to be a nutritionist) provide my child with a healthy balance of foods and choice.
A sandwich (Stella has Vegemite and cheese and Lenny has ham, lettuce and mayo) 2-3 pieces of fruit, usually a banana, a peach/apple depending on the season and either a little tub of grapes/blueberries or cucumber/carrot with hummus dip. I also pop in a squeezey yoghurt and a packet of “crisps”. When I say crisps I don’t give them traditional crisps like salt and vinegar etc… I prefer to give them something that to them looks fun and taste great but I know is a little healthier for them, such as a snack from the Mamee snack range.
The Mamee snack range, suitable for school lunch boxes, includes the Mamee Gluten Free Rice Sticks (Cheese & Veggie flavour) and Monster Noodle Snacks (Chicken & BBQ flavour). Not only do they look great (brightly packaged with a fun blue Mamee Monster on the front which the kids love) but they actually taste great too. We were sent a months worth of Mamee snacks to taste test before we wrote this blog and the kids (OK, the kids and hubby and I!) have already eaten them all! Ooops!
They have no added MSG, are made with RSPO sustainable palm oil and are low in fat and sugar. My kids loved the Monster Noodle Snacks which are ready to eat crunchy noodles. They come with their own little flavour packet which the kids loved shaking onto the noodles once they has crunched them up and shook them around. The Mamee Gluten Free Rice Sticks were also a hit. We don’t need to eat Gluten Free in our household as none of us has a gluten intolerance but we would definitely purchase these again as the flavour was super yummy, the kids preferring the veggie rice sticks over the cheese flavoured ones.
So finally, Ms Sharons common sense approach mixed with responsible parenting (teaching my kids to eat in moderation) has resulted in two clean lunch boxes being bought home each day. One proud mama with two very happy children and a cupboard of convenient snacks which we can also grab and eat on the go. Ok, the cupboard full is a lie as we have actually already eaten them all but we are off to purchase more next time we go to the shops!
The Mamee Noodle Snack 8pk, Chicken or BBQ is available from Woolworths chip aisle and the Mamee Gluten Free Rice Sticks, Cheese, is available from Woolworths Gluten Free aisle.
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