MAKEOVER YOUR LUNCHBOX WITH THESE HEALTHY HOMEMADE SNACKS
Now that school’s back and we’re almost one month into the new year, I’ve got some snack-friendly inspiration to make sure you don’t fall off the health kick bandwagon. These recipes are the simplest of simple and I promise everyone has the skills to recreate them at home. This little collection has allergy-friendly recipes and are all packed with wholesome ingredients (maybe the chocolate slice is a little on the naughty side, but life’s about balance, right!?)
BLUEBERRY + BANANA MUFFINS | Gluten Free | Serves 6
These lunchbox-friendly treats are so quick to make, they freeze well and are ‘better for you.’ I love this recipe not only because it’s gluten free and low carb, but they’re appropriate for brekky-on-the-go, morning tea, afternoon tea or even a healthy, after-dinner treat. Win, win, winning!
CARROT CAKE GOODIE BALLS | Gluten Free | Vegan | Makes 16
Carrot Cake would have to be one of my all time favourite cakes. This tasty little recipe provides you with all the key flavours you would expect to find in a generous slab of cake, but in a healthy, lunch-box friendly snack. If you’re a meal-prep fan, make in advance and store in the fridge for the week ahead.
SECRET RECIPE MUESLI BARS | Makes 14
Possibly one of the yummiest healthy sweet things you’ll ever eat. I’ve cooked this so many times I could do it in my sleep. When I was in primary school my sister brought home a handwritten recipe sheet from her home ec class and I just made it over and over again. It’s changed a bit since 1995 (pretty sure goji berries weren’t a thing) but it’s still just as tasty. Also, not sure why I thought it was a secret recipe when a school-load of kids had it, but we’ll just keep rolling with it as I’ve had it scribbled down that way for a long time! I hope this becomes a household favourite in your world too!
MUM’S CHOCOLATE SLICE | Makes 12 Squares
Hands down, the best thing that ever entered my lunchbox as a kid. This recipe is so nostalgic for me. I love the sultanas and the super simple icing. I know it’s not the healthiest snack, but it’s got to be better for you than store-bought biscuits (it definitely tastes a million times better!)
MUSHROOM + BABY SPINACH FRITTATAS | Gluten Free | Makes 12
So healthy, so simple and so great for the lunchbox or eating on the go! No need to fry off any of the ingredients, the oven will do the work for you - which saves you time and makes them meal-prep friendly! Simple recipes like this will always taste the best when you begin with delicious ingredients. For example, pick a cheese that you’d actually like to eat (pleeeease no pre-grated packet cheese). I like to use a strong vintage cheddar. Feel free to change up the hero ingredients week to week or take advantage of your leftovers from the weekend - roast veggies work well or maybe try a smoked salmon, dill and red onion combo.
BROCCOLI + WHITE BEAN RISSOLES | Gluten Free | Makes 8
A little bit ugly, but a lot delicious, this recipe is a great all-rounder! Whether you’re meal-prepping, looking for grain-free recipes, hiding the veggies from the kids, need some veggie burger fillings or just want to try something different, these are delicious. I love vegetarian recipes, and probably have 2-3 vegetarian days a week. I make these for lunch or dinner and serve them with a simple salad made with slices of apple, spinach, rocket and pomegranate seeds and simple lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and wholegrain mustard dressing. I’ve said below to serve them warm, but they’re just as tasty in a lunch box cold the next day!
RASPBERRY + COCONUT CHIA PUDDING | Gluten Free | Vegan | Serves 4
This recipe is so simple, I’m not even sure if it qualifies as cooking!? It’s pretty much a 2 ingredient smoothie with some seeds mixed in and before you know it, you’ve got this lush, pot-set pudding that’s completely guilt free. Top with additional ingredients if you wish (yoghurt, granola, fruit), but I like to keep it super simple with fresh raspberries. Another meal-prep friendly recipe if that’s your jam! Set the pudding in lunchbox-friendly containers to take to work or school.