If your child is heading back to school next week and you’re wondering what the craic is with packed lunches, here’s the official answer from the Irish government.
“Your child can bring a lunchbox/water bottle to school, but they should be the only person to handle these items during the school day and should not share or swap their lunch with other children. This aligns with regular good practice to protect children with allergies from accidental exposure to allergens such as nuts.”
The gov.ie website goes on to clarify that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive for longer on hard surfaces (such as lunchboxes and water bottles) in comparison to fabrics, so it’s very important to clean them after every use. “These items should only be used by one child and should be cleaned daily with regular household cleaning products.”
Need some inspiration for getting back into the swing of things? Build a balanced lunchbox with our easy tips here, figure out new ways to deal with picky eaters here, or read on for some of our favourite lunchbox fillers…
Make little break special with a healthy, fruit-based snack that feels like a treat. Try these strawberry and oat cereal bars, or sneak some veggies with these sweet potato and blueberry muffins.
For more of a savoury snack, these chicken, cheese and sweetcorn pastry rolls are sure to go down a storm.
Soup is a great option as the weather starts to grow colder, and is a clever way to get more veggies in, too. This leek and potato option is full of goodness, while the chicken noodle soup below is the ultimate comfort food.
For the main meal, these shredded BBQ chicken sloppy Joes are an ideal way to leverage leftover chicken into tomorrow’s lunch. For a meat-free option, try the veggie-packed frittata slices below — just add some brown bread or a wholemeal roll on the side for a filling lunch that’s sure to keep them full until hometime.
For plenty more packed lunch inspiration, check out the latest edition of Easy Food, available now in shops and online with Readly.
What will you be making for your kids’ return to school? Let us know by tagging us on our social media, we love to see what you’re cooking!