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The new school year means the return of the school lunchbox, but before we stock our pantries full of delicious snacks, new research has uncovered the do’s and don’ts of school lunchboxes, as determined by Aussie kids.
The next generation of school children are becoming more health conscious as they’re looking for healthier, more convenient ways to snack.
New research conducted by McCrindle and commissioned by Noshu, an Australian-owned sugar free foods company, has revealed the key to a perfect lunchbox in the eyes of kids – they love fun snacks but it’s surprisingly all about moderation and variety.
Over a third (39.9%) of Aussie kids say that a good balance of healthy food and special treats is the key to a good lunchbox.
Noshu founder, Rachel Bajada says, “With the movement against excess sugar consumption continuing to gain momentum and parents wanting to be more responsible, it’s great to see the positive effect on Aussie kids also, who are now more aware of the negative effects of sugar, and are opting for healthier items in their lunchboxes.”
Rachel adds: “As this generation of kids become healthier, more conscious eaters, it’s still a daily headache for timepoor parents who often struggle to put together a lunchbox that strikes the balance of healthy and fun – but most importantly, the food won’t come home uneaten at the end of the day.”
So, without further ado, here’s a round-up of:
Baby Mum Mum, RRP $3.00
Baby Mum-Mum is a range of delicious, nutritious rice rusks which have been loved by Australian babies for over a decade.
Full of wholesome ingredients, they feature no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Baby Mum-Mum Rice Rusks are ideal for allergy-prone, ingredient-intolerant and even vegan babies as they are free from the top common allergens including gluten, egg, nut and dairy.
Easy to digest, they are baked and individually wrapped; ideal for mums on-the-go. Our FIRST rice rusk range features no added salt and is flavoured with fruit juice.
Fruit-tella – available exclusively at Woolworths, RRP $4.00
Fruit-tella has launched Australia’s first vegan friendly and gluten-free jellies, perfect for families looking for alternative snacks for kids.
The lollies also cater to Aussies across the country who are looking for more options that align with their alternative diets and lifestyles, as 1 in 4 now follow a gluten-free diet, while half a million are vegan.
Spotty banana bread baking mixes, RRP from $12 (available online)
Whipping up freshly baked banana bread has never been easier!
All you need is your Spotty baking mix, bananas, olive oil and eggs!
Choose from baking mixes including 95% sugar free, gluten free, protein and traditional, then choose to include Spotty add ons including sugar free choc chips, premium choc chips, vegan egg replacer and even vanilla baking collagen – cause we all need some extra oomph.
The banana bread is freezer friendly too, so perfect to keep for school lunches.
VGood, the new nut-free range of spreads and snacks, has been added to the pantry aisles of IGA and independent grocery stores nationally.
Sally, an Australian mum of three, developed VGood to meet the needs of allergy sufferers across the country and provide parents with tasty and healthy school lunchbox safe alternatives the kids (and adults!) will love.
VGood’s PeaNOT Butter (Crunch and Smooth) and HazelNOT Choc Spreads are made using chickpeas without nut-based or allergy triggering ingredients and have been enthusiastically welcomed by parents looking for simple, healthy, lunchbox ideas that tick all the boxes.
“As a mum, feeding my kids good food has always been important to me” says Sally.
Snackles are deceptively delicious. A low sugar snack that tastes like a high sugar treat.
So while it looks like it’s bad for your kids, with it’s chocolatey, marshmallowy exterior – Snackles are in fact, a healthier, easier alternative to sugar-laden snacks.
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
These soft and snacks are made with real fruit.
They are also gluten-free, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Welch’s Fruit Snacks come in eight handy portion-controlled pouches per pack (8 x 20g) and flavours include Mixed Fruit, Superfruit Mix and Tropical Fruit.
Table of Plenty Rice Thins
Naturally crunchy wholegrain rice cakes topped with creamy yoghurt flavoured with real freeze-dried forest berries, our Triple Berry Mini Rice Cake Snack Packs are perfect for the playground or an after school treat for hungry tummies.
Gluten free and only 72 calories per snack pack, you can let your little ones enjoy a guilt free snack and save some for yourself as well!
Ajitas Vege chips
These tasty gluten free snacks are free from eggs, genetically modified ingredients, artificial colourings and preservatives.
There’s a huge range of flavours to choose from including Natural, Chicken Style, Barbeque and more.
Handy multipacks are available so they are perfect for school lunch boxes.
Made with the hidden goodness of Sorghum (nutrient powerhouse) and Quinoa (ancient grain) these Messy Monkeys bites have a hidden source of fibre.
For kids aged 4-8 this is 11%* of their daily fibre needs.
With no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives our Messy Monkeys bites contain no palm oil, no added MSG and no nasties.