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I hope all your kiddies have enjoyed this first week back at school or are excited to be starting next week!  I have been asked if I could put all my lunchbox tips within one blog post for easy reference, so here it is: The Organised Housewife Lunchbox Post Summary I put together a Guide […]

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  • Thank you

    Thank you Kat for putting this together, will be a great reference to create my kids some yummy lunch box food.ReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series A reader of our wonderful community has a dilemma:   I’m looking for some healthy toddler lunchbox ideas. My preschool has a strict NO DAIRY, NO EGG, NO NUT, NO STRAWBERRIES, NO SUGAR AND NO SALT, policy. They also will NOT HEAT […]

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  • Priscilla

    Lee Holmes of Supercharged Food and The Raw Food Store have great cookbooks for kids too. Also check out http://www.sugarfreekids.com.au. Great treats etc that are free of refined sugar. Just to note coconut and seeds may be prohibited too as it is at my son’s daycare, along with nuts. Be worth checking this along wiith what they mean by no sugar. Is it just refined sugar or only fructose allowed? There is an egg replacer on the market and honey, maple syrup etc are good sugar substitutes too if permitted. Good luck!!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Priscilla, I too love that book.:)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    Thanks for this wonderful website. DS has egg allergy and we are grateful for any new ideas for the lunches. Great help. I will continue to be an avid follower.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Thank you so much for this thread – my son is allergic to milk, egg and nuts so lots of tips here for me!ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Found a great cookbook today, all very simple, fast foods, not fussy at all, but all egg, but and dairy free. Called the No E.N.D Cookbook. By Emma Carter, Maureen Hatcher and Donna Wilson. Our family eats very plain simple meals and I want to cook absolutely everything in this book!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda

        Grrr silly auto correct … Egg, nut and dairy free NOT egg, but and dairy free!ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          Wow thank you Amanda! This is really helpful for so many readers.:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Megan.:)ReplyCancel

  • Marney

    I just spend the last hour and a half typing up loads of ideas wih links to the sites and other recipes and computer crashed and lost it all aaaggghhhh. so here is my abridged version

    You need to check if it is only refined sugar free. If so there are loads of better alternatives including rice malt syrup, coconut sugar/nectar, maple syrup and if allowed honey.

    Guacamole with veggies (make sure you use lime or lemon to keep from going brown)

    Stuffed Tomatoes – scoop seeds out of largeish cherry tomatoes and fill with hummus (needs to be home meade and like a thick paste)

    Make meatballs and replace the eggs with chia seeds and dairy milk with rice, soy or even coconut if making a thai style chicken meatball.

    Roasted sweet potato chips http://thecraftingchicks.com/2015/01/20-healthy-snacks-to-keep-you-moving.html

    Check out thehealthychef.com.au she has loads of recipes that have options that can be made dairy, egg, nut, sugar free (usually listed at the bottom of the recipe). We eat alot of her recipes – i am dairy and sugar free and my son is sugar free and at daycare we need to be nut free as well.

    The Lunchbox Revolution ebook has some good recipe ideas for rice paper rolls and salads. where they add nuts to a salad, replace for sunflower seeds and pepitas.

    Check out super healthy kids facebook page – they have some great recipes and snack ideas

    wholefoodssimply.com have an email they send out weekly

    iquitsugar.com has some very yummy recipes

    lovingearth.com.au another great site.

    Make a delicious and nutritious smoothie to take, shake and drink:

    coconut water
    banana or mixed berries
    flaxeed meal
    chia seeds
    sunflower seeds
    spinach or kale
    coconut kefir

    Hope this is helpfulReplyCancel

  • Allison Mascurine

    Thankyou for this extensive list. While our kindy only has a nut free policy, my daughter is a strict FODMAP free child. No gluten, lactose, fructans, (onion, garlic)’ fructose (honey, apple, pear, watermelon & stone fruit, plus several other fruits). She can have half a serve of allowed fruit every second day, provided her gut is holding up, and no seeds, whole grains or legumes.There are also some vegetables she can’t eat, and most she can’t eat a lot of raw. They are only allowed water to drink, so no protein packed smoothies either.

    Her lunchbox usually contains:
    a rice paper roll, rice cakes or sushi
    A small salad or fritters
    Olives
    Gluten free pretzels, popcorn or small gluten free muffin

    Sometimes she’ll take curry & rice in her thermos pot, or soup & GF soldiers. To give variety I also do GF chicken nuggets, sticky chicken win getters, meatballs & GF pasta. These are always served cold, as the Thermos pot only seems to be good if there’s a fair bit of liquid.

    I’m looking for a proper Japanese bento thermos pot. Great for keeping a more varied meal hot. Unfortately lost mine some years ago.

    For fruit time I’ll be sending a cucumber, a capsicum & a tomato, which she is expected to share with the others. I’ve got to ensure there is sufficient veg there that she can get her fill while it gets shared across 4 plates. She’s a big eater though, normally she’ll half a capsicum, half & cucumber, a slice of lactose free cheese & 6-7 rice crackers.

    I concentrate on a high protein breakfast & afternoon tea.ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    Thank you for this. My daughter is anaphylactic to egg and my 7 month old has been recently diagnosed with allergies to dairy, nuts and wheat which I have cut from my diet while he is still feeding. This gives me a lot more ideas to try as I was quite stuck with the new allergies.ReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series A few days ago I shared my tips for freezer lunchbox baking and some of my favourite go-to freezer recipes, here are some other recipes I make for the lunchbox, that can’t be frozen. Homemade Strawberry Rollups Apple Fruit Leather.  Also try […]

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  • There are so many yummy recipes here, I don’t even know where to start!!! I love your Apricot Balls and have followed your shredded chicken instructions a zillion times – it always works out perfectly! xxReplyCancel

  • We also swear by energy balls too, they are highly versatile not to mention being absolutely delicious. They are small and easy to bring on-the-go in tiny storage boxes.ReplyCancel

 This post is sponsored by Coles Soon we will all be back into routine of preparing delicious and nutritious school lunches for the kids.  Crafting together a variety of choices so they don’t get bored with the ‘everyday’ food, as we don’t want it returned and our little treasures going hungry.  Ensuring we give them enough so they don’t starve […]

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  • Jaclyn

    My little one was in prep last year. I have always struggled with coming up with ideas for his lunchbox, they were always quite boring and the same foods. I’ve just recently found your blog and love your simple ideas and this guideline makes complete sense to me and will make packing lunches easier, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jaclyn, Welcome!.:) So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. 2015 is going to be a big an exciting year for us. We look forward to sharing more recipes/ tips and much more.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hondris

    Just love your website and tips. Thanks for all your encouragement and ideas. Yes I’m getting my hair done tomorrow, can’t wait!
    And your inspiration – J U S T S T A R T – love it, blessings Shirl.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Shirley.:) You enjoy getting your hair done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I put my tomato and cucumber in between to slices of day old bread let sit for a couple of hours and then put on sandwich the day old bread soaks up all the juice no more soggy sandwichReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing Kim.:)ReplyCancel

    • Kim Zerafa

      Similarly, I lay the slices on one side of a piece of paper towel and fold over the other side, gently patting out the excess juices. New to this site so must say thank you. Miss Five begins school next week and is my fussy eater. The coming year will be a challenge of obstaining from Vegemite & peanut butter rolls! X :-DReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My son starts Prep this year and I have dreaded the thought of having to pack lunch for him everyday. Your guidelines make it so easy – great idea. I have already tried two of your recipes from the freezer baking article and they were a hit with my boys. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Danielle!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful compilation of tips! Bookmarking this.
    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Farzain, glad you like the collection :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Where’s the yellow & grey water bottle from? Or what brand? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, wow thanks so much for an extensive list of lunch items. I am always overwhelmed with making lunches, your list breakdown is great. I can now look at it to give me ideas, instead of thinking what am I going to pack. I always pack healthy lunches no prepackaged convenient snacks, I always baked and I halve already packed the freezer with some of your recipes, and will do a further bake…One lot of baking has already been eaten which was supposed to be for lunches lol..I am going to paste your list and place it on the pantry door so so it makes it easier. Your an amazing mother and woman…HugsReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Great post. Where are the split containers from please? The little pink one and the bigger one with green lid? That’s my hardest challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Love your site!!!! Always visiting thankyou for all of your wonderful ideas! Just thought I would mention that peckers brand crackers have MSG in the unfortunately but Sakata are a great alternative with no added MSG :) just thought I’d share.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Olivia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leilani Byrum

    I love your site! Thank you so much for the list of lunch items. Now I can plan a variety of healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series You all know me well now and you will know that I love to bake and give the kids home baked goodness in their lunch boxes.  I don’t usually have time to bake during the week so I spend an hour or so […]

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  • Vonni

    Tupperware are selling Freezer Mates at the moment. I had a party last week and mine arrived last night. Your blog post was very well timed Katrina. I’ve not frozen my baking before so I plan to do a trial run before the kids go back to school.

    http://www.tupperware.co.nz/product-gallery/product-categories/storage-%E2%80%93-freezer

    I purchased the family size set. If these ones work as well as they say, I will definitely get more.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh there you go, I haven’t seen a new catalogue in awhile, are their freezer containers big enough for a batch of 12 muffins? Let me know how you go with your first freezer baking session!!ReplyCancel

      • Vonni

        The largest Freezer Mate (2.3 Litres) in the family set is the perfect size for a dozen muffins :)ReplyCancel

        • I am a tupperware manager and can assist you with any freezer containers. Free gift from me if you reply to my email that you would like to see a catalogReplyCancel

          • Leanne

            Hi Tat,

            I am interested in a catalog and possibly host a party?

            Please email me and let’s chat :)

  • Waverney Brooks

    Great collection. I’ll be keeping this for future reference. And just to clarify, Tupperware FreezerMates are back in regular range.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thak you Waverney, I didn’t realise, the container I have wasn’t from the Freezer Mate range I don’t think, was just a special offer from the specials catalogue many moons ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Thanks for the great ideas. The peanut butter rice bubble slice is not school friendly with the no nut policy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes your right Alison, all schools have very different restrictions. Actually my kids are going to a new school and I haven’ read the restrictions in their literature yet, must look into it!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        My school is allowed nuts, the only things we are not allowed are prepackaged foods or lollys, chips, soft drink, cordial, chocolate or high sugar foods.ReplyCancel

    • Theresa

      You could replaced the peanut butter with sunflower butter or other nut butter replacements. Just a thought…ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      Not every school is nut free though, so for me this recipe was great as I like the kids to have a range of nuts in their diet.ReplyCancel

      • Theresa

        So true it was just an idea. I don’t have nut allergies but I do like to switch up different type of nut butters just for the flavor difference. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thanks so much for all these recipes and ideas. Now I just have to make room in the freezer. I have never bought all these prepackaged instant snacks eg. muesli bars. So this is great it gives me a bigger choice of sweet, savoury snacks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s what I am trying to do too Yvonne getting close to it nearly being empty-ish enough to fill up with some baking!ReplyCancel

  • This year with two at school I vow that I AM going to bake ahead – great list, thanks Kat! I think I need more containers though!ReplyCancel

  • Del

    Hi. Do the muffins stick together when frozen? How do you get just one out? I love freezing baking but I thought you had to wrap them individually in glad wrap or baking paper to stop them sticking . . . .ReplyCancel

    • Jade

      I was wondering the sameReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Del, No i’ve never had any stick together, They break apart fine.:)ReplyCancel

  • kylie montgomery

    Do you cook the vegemite scrolls on the day of use or cook then freeze? Wondering if freezing if they would go doughy on thawing? Hope you can shed some light so I dont have to test.

    Thanks for all the great tips. Looking forward to a easy breezy return to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kylie you can cook them on the day or they freeze great too, A big hit with the kids.:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Hi, Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Busy saving them all ready for back to school :)

    You mention you put them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings and I am wondering if this would also work where lunchboxes are kept in fridges at school or if I should get them out the night before?

    Thanks again!
    Natalie.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Natalie, i would probably take them out the night before if they keep lunchboxes in the fridge at school just so they are ready for them to eat at morning tea.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    Lots of yummy ideas.

    I have a close friend who can’t eat gluten (wheat etc flour). Some flour free suggestions for freezing –
    mini meatballs or rissoles based on a bread & flour free recipe,
    mini fish cakes,
    pieces of fresh pineapple (guilt free iceblocks),
    gluten free mini muffins,
    flour free bubble and squeak,
    little rice puddingsReplyCancel

  • FleurC

    Hey there Katrina, I am so so sooooo happy I stumbled across your site. My 5yo starts prep tomorrow and he is a terrible eater, I am talking an hour to eat a sandwich or a banana and thats with A LOT of encouragement!!!!! There are so many things that you have listed here that I think he will just love. Not to mention the fact that I had no idea you could freeze baked things without them going all yuck!!
    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Cheers FleurReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fleur, Ooh that is wonderful! So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. I hope your son has had a great first day of school and enjoying your baking.:)ReplyCancel

  • I have meal left after making nut milk and use them to make what I call ‘power balls’. I process them with coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and nuts, then hand roll them into balls. Very filling and absolutely delicious, you can make ahead with varieties such as jam in the middle of the ball, or with dried fruits. Apart from Tupperware and Sistema I find Lock N Lock storage boxes great as freezer storage boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Audrey they sound absolutely amazing!! And super healthy too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks again – See more at: http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2014/02/how-to-start-a-freezer-club/#comment-17180ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks againReplyCancel

When my kids come grocery shopping with me, every time they ‘try’ and get me to add something I don’t normally buy to the cart (I’m positive we all have that same issue!!).  There are some great products on the shelves that so appealing to the kids eyes, but typically most are full of sugar […]

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  • Vonni

    Hi Karina.

    Are they the 100ml pouches you are filling with yoghurt? How well do these fit in your Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes? Thanks for the back to school series. Love it!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I used the 100ml for the yoghurt, they fit perfectly just ontop of the sandwich in the SKP. Lay a piece of baking paper between the sandiwch and the pouch so the condensation from the pouch doesn’t make the sandwich go soggy :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanja

    Those pouches are a great idea! Just placed an order for them. My kids have one of the ready made ones with yoghurt each day for school and these will save me a fortune. Hopefully they remember to bring them home! Thank you for posting the link and info for these!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, that is the trick Tanja and a few on facebook are saying their kids lose the lids, so remind them to place the lids back on too!ReplyCancel

  • Whilst I love the use of reusable pouches, I try to purchase a plain Greek yoghurt with no additives or preservatives. Then I am free to flavor with what I see fit, for example some honey, fresh fruit, and even add some vital greens powder.
    Even buy doing this you will be saving a lot of money and knowing your kids will be having a much healthier lunch.
    Feel free to check out sinchies at http://www.effortlesseco.com.au they come in a variety of sizes for big and little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    I’ve been wanting someone to invent these for ages. Hooray. I always buy a small tub of Greek yoghurt and mix it into the big tub of vanilla valia yoghurt I buy and the kids don’t know its there. You can’t even taste the difference but I like knowing I’ve watered it down a bit. I put water into all the juice bottles in the house too, and soda water into any soft drinks. If the kids knew they would go nuts but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them! Ps. Joined this blog three days ago. You are my saviour. thanks xo PPs. Cleaned my handbag yday! ;)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Welcome to the blog Georgia. That’s the bonus, knowing what we are putting into our kids. I’ve seen some horrid pictures on facebook recently of people using store purchased pureed fruit or veg pouches and they were mouldy inside. Many of the brands are reputable, but it just comes down to you know how fresh the contents are inside if you make them yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Can you freeze these with yoghurt? I’ve also done apple purée and filled some by scooping out a tray of mangoes that were very ripe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I haven’t but absolutely, I would imagine too that the yoghurt would be that little bit colder too for the kids for school, actually love that idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lisa, they freeze with yoghurt very well. You will find that they are a thinner consistency when defrosted. My kids just give them an extra squish to mix it all in before eating!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    How does everyone clean their pouches? The dishwasher wasn’t a success for me and when I hand wash I can’t get a scourer into the corners.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cath, if I didn’t rinse them straight away the dishwasher won’t clean them properly. I use a brush I got many years ago from Tupperware to clean the drink bottles, it’s like a bit toothbrush and it works perfectly…. in fact just a regular toothbrush could work great I would suggest!ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Cath :D My Lil Pouch has a very wide opening which makes filling and cleaning easier. I find blowing into the pouch and expanding it as much as possible before opening it for the dishwasher or using a bottle brush means they come out squeaky clean!ReplyCancel

    • Louise

      We hand wash ours first and use the bottle brush, thats usually enough, but we will throw them in the dishwasher too!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I *love* these! I freeze yoghurt in them for school lunchboxes and it separates a little but a good squish and it’s good to go! So easy to fill and clean too with the ziplock top :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Karen! They are fantastic.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Hi Katrina, what size pouches are these please and thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • What an excellent idea for kids, i also like these for kids http://ow.ly/HlCDHReplyCancel

  • Renae

    Hi I love this idea and refuse to buy the pouches of yoghurt at the shops due to their expense. Just wondering which size is best 140ml or 200ml. My kids are nearly 7 and 9. Also is the spout on the side annoying to put in lunch boxes or fits in fine or can be folded back to fit. ThankyouReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Renae, we find that our 100ml pouch is the perfect size for lunchboxes as it is a little smaller than most sandwiches! You can also fold the spout in a little if needed!
      The 100ml pouch is also a great size for most hungry bellies that have a piece of fruit, biccies as well during morning/afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Hi katrina do the sip lock at the top open when you squeeze them?ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Vicki – all of our pouches have a strong double ziplock seal across the opening. We find it to be very robust and durable.
      With the side spout design most kids hold the pouch with one hand at the top and one hand at the bottom directing the pressure away from the ziplock anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Fern Warren

    We used reusable pouches in our lunchboxes all last year and they are BRILLIANT!! We put fruit and vegie purees, yoghurt, custard, sago pudding, coconut chia pudding, etc in ours. We found after one of the boys lost a lid once, that attaching the lid to the pouch with a thread of dental floss (I know it sounds weird!), so that you can take the lid off and on but it dangles there still attached while not in use, that all our lids have come home since! We use dental floss instead of string or anything else as it is very strong and waterproof and won’t harbour germs like string might! Hope this helps!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Natalie Atgiaras

    Hi I’m just wondering where do I get these reusable pouches from? I haven’t seen them anywhere.ReplyCancel

    • Kerry

      I get my pouches from Sinchies, the original reusable pouch, designed by an Australian mum, they’ve been around for about 3 years. All their pouches are clear which is awesome so you can see for cleaning which I love!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I use My lil pouches all the time, I have to say from ordering through to delivery their service is amazing.

    I have been using these for 12 months, they are great, I have made several orders as I used them as easter gifts last year (filled with mini eggs), ordered some for my sister in the UK for her daughter, My little man who is almost 3 is very fussy with his yoghurt, so I buy the bug tub of his fav and use these for preschool, going out and about in snack bag, I use them for custard for my older son, smootheys, your options are endless. I did buy the labels, and the biggers caps for my boys too. They love love love them.

    I am now 6 months pregnant with our surprise number 3, and I am so not wasting money on shop bought pouched foods now, I will be using these for our new addition with home-made goodness when the time arrives.

    For those of you are not sure, just buy a small pack to start, Honestly they are worth the money and savings are there in the long term.

    I am one happy mummy and I have two very happy boys with these pouches.

    LouReplyCancel

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series Choosing a lunch box can be confusing with so many different varieties and styles to choose from, considering all things from the size, finding an insulated bag to fit the lunch box and accessories.  Whilst keeping in mind the lunch box should be made […]

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  • Sally

    I have a teenage boy who does not like sandwiches or anything cold other than fruit as long as it’s not messy or in a container, ie an apple. Looking for lunch ideas for him to eat some thing healthy but do that he is still ‘cool’.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      What about savoury muffins? They can be healthy & are less boring than sandwiches & can be cooked ahead & frozen.

      I must get a few batches of these done before school returns, I use them as a back up when I’m out of bread or my daughter & husband are getting bored with their lunches.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Belinda, I do the same, have savoury muffins in the freezer or rice cakes in the pantry for end of week lunch ideas when I have run out of bread.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sally I’ll share some ideas in the coming weeks during the series for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I am in love with the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes (My boys are 7 & 9 and there is still plenty of room for the amount they eat). My only issue was that I couldn’t fit certain brands of yoghurt in them as the single tubs were too tall. Then I discovered that the Sistema small size snack containers (with the clips on the sides) will fit in the main compartment. I just cut the sandwich in half and put it in the biggest of the snack compartments to make it all fit. It’s cheaper to buy the kilo tubs of yoghurt and to portion them yourself. Problem solved.

    I didn’t like using the Sistema and Nude Food lunchboxes with all those little compartments and lids. Too much of a hassle to clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that tip Vonni, yes I found quite a few tub didn’t fit, if you use the sectioned section at the back they fit a little better than the front. But yes I sometimes too cut the sandwich in half and put to the side.

      You may also like me My Lil Pouches for your yoghurts, portion them out all ready to go for school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Thank you – great reviews of lunch boxes. We used the Nudie ones last year. Great idea and style but never again! I think my 3 children went through 3 each during the year (yes, you would think I’d learn, but towards the middle if the year and beyond, it was very difficult to find any other alternatives!) They break so easily and are impossible to clean.

    Trying to work out which ones to try this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      All these are available online and pretty certain all through out the year too :)ReplyCancel

    • Maryanne

      We had these break on us too! We are trying sistma Klip It – Large split. It is 2 litre size one side is big enough for two sandwiches cut in half if just a spread or 1.5 sandwiches of salad etc. The second side fits fruit, snack and biscuits. Hoping for a better outcome this year.
      Good luck on which ever box you decide on!ReplyCancel

    • Shane

      we had the nude food movers break on us too – I contacted them & they replaced them – along with a bonus of the insulated covers. Unfortunately the new ones broke too & I’ll never buy them again.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Cool reviews on all these lunchboxes. I also use the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus containers and have since my kids were at kindy (now 5 & 7). I don’t like that they don’t fit a banana in easily (unless I get small ones, but even then they don’t fit most of the time). My son doesn’t like his banana getting squashed and bruised. Otherwise I love them! Katrina, just wondering what lunchboxes you are going to use now that you need bigger ones?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirsty, I am tossing up between the lunchbots, there is a range of different sizes, I liked they are smalled and sectioned so I can put in a muffin and fruit and then sandwich, fruit and snack. Or the fliplid, still haven’t made up my mind, but I should do it soon.ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        What about the go green it’s big enough for a whole banana and it’s a decent size and quality.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i should add I do have some of the easyLunchboxes here too and they are great, I can’t wait till Little Bento World gets them in the bright colours too.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a relief teacher, I have to keep my lunch with me so here is what I use. I bought a FridgeToGo from Howard’s Storage World. This fits my NFM lunchbox in it perfectly. When I need to clean the lunchbox, I take the lids off the little compartments and wash. Then they simply click back in. I have tried other types and ways of taking my lunch, and this has been the way I have done it for 2014, and I will definitely be using it again in 2015.ReplyCancel

  • J

    What’s your take on the planetboxes? Is there anywhere in Australia you can buy them?ReplyCancel

    • Mel W

      These guys sell Planetbox in Aus: http://www.biome.com.auReplyCancel

    • Eva

      There is now a stockist in Australia but they are $80 for a set…..I am very keen to find out what they are like as I have been coveting these boxes for my children for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      J, i think they are more suited for little kids rather than primary school aged children. Only because they don’t seem to hold enough food for bigger school aged children.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I need a lunch box that is easy for my four year old to open at pre school. Any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Dick

      Hi. I have both the Yumbox and Fuel Bento and my 4 year old had no problem opening either.. I just had to dhow him a couple of times. I got mine from Munchbox Mini online :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Help! I have two teenage boys that won’t eat at school?ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    I travel a lot for work so it was important for me to buy something that kept my food cold for hours. I bought a Fit&Fresh Lunch to Go Kit from Store&Order and it’s the best lunchbox ever. It has 2 levels, 3 compartments and an ice pack in the middle. It would be great for kids too. I also bought the Skip Hop Butterfly bottle & lunch bag from them too for my little girl. She loves it and it makes her so much more excited to go to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Deb!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hilary

    Easy to open is another important component for me. As a kindergarten teacher it is really helpful if your child is able to open their lunchbox and food containers on their own. Some lunchboxes are so tough there is no way little fingers can get into them and by the time the teacher gets around to all the children who need help a lot of eating time can be wasted. It’s a good idea to practice in the holidays before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Really good tips, Hilary. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Hi,
    I have asked and i am sorry but i cant find the original post,

    I saw you had cut up water melon in one of your posts about tupper fridge mates (with the broccoli etc)

    How long would Watermelon stay good to eat in the tupper containers

    Thanks
    (note to self, click notify me of follow up unlike last time)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    That’s fine Lauren. It should last 5-7 days, but being precut and so easy to access we usually eat it much quicker than that.ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      Ok great!
      After reading this I purchased 2 flipLid lunch boxes. Can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Which lunchbox should I get for 8 and 10 year old? It would be nice to have lunchbox, ice brick and water bottle somehow fit together so it’s all there each night. Also, my 8 and 10 yo usually have 2 sandwiches, fruit and a snack. Which size would I need?ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Hi Katrina – don’t suppose you checked out the Planetbox lunchboxes? I know they are now selling from a stockist in Australia but at $80 a pop I am not too sure whether I want to spend so much without first knowing what they are like?

    Quite like the look of the greenlunch box though – researched these as well as the planetbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Eva, Yes i have heard of the Planetbox. I personally don’t think they are bigger enough. Maybe for a small child but i don’t think they would grow with the child. Much prefer the Greenlunch box.:)ReplyCancel

      • Eva Lavelle

        Cheers for that comment Katrina – do you know the cup capacity of each? Only asking because they look very similar in size to me (Go Green seems a bit deeper but Planetbox bigger). I couldn’t find any indication of capacity for either. Also – are there any other places that sell the Go Green because Trendy Little Treats seem to have sold out (eta 23rd Jan which is just before school goes back and I am not sure I want to risk it not arriving in time).ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Don’t you have issues with condensation when using an ice brick or frozen popper?

    My local ‘King of Knives’ store had a ‘PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag’ where you actually put the whole lunch bag in the freezer and the cooling technology is built into the walls. Zip closure locks cold, dry air inside lunch bag and the exterior stays moisture free

    Wondering if anyone has used one and what they thought.ReplyCancel

    • I live in central Qld and tried these before last summer …. on a covered patio in the middle of the day was warm in a couple of hours. Our kids don’t have a fridge in their class rooms – no way I was going to trust this one during summer months. Maybe winter or southern states?ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thanks for the great post! I’ve been struggling to find a good all-in-one lunchbox option as my son always has trouble rearranging his array of containers back into his lunchbag! Does anyone know if the My Lil Pouches fit into a Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus??ReplyCancel

  • S j

    I’m amazed at the cost of the systema products. I live in the uk and they would only be about £15-£20 (at a push) not sure how much that is in $ but a little less. Granted they are not personalised though.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Kirby

    I have 4 kids and have been sending lunches with kids for 17 years,
    I have struggled with various lunch boxes over the years.Food gets caught in the seams and they get smelly in our hot summers
    By far and away the best has been the Neoprene(wet suit material)
    It has rounded edges and easily machine washed and they last for years.
    I use the Built brand.It is important that the Zip is strong and won’t rust with washing
    My kids have been using theirs for 5 years now.
    I always put an ice pack in and use plastic containers inside eg sandwich containers I get containers with attached lids so lids don’t get lost.
    My kids like to walk around during lunch (at high school you can)so I put certain
    snacks in Ziplock bagsReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Our DS1 is in year 1 this year. After a lot of consideration prior to kindy we ended up getting the Decor Duo 3 lunchbox. It was a cost effective investment at approx $6 & fits in other brand cooler bags such as smash, sistema etc. We would be using this box again this year, only DS1 has asked for a bigger box (hollow legs I swear ????) so have upgraded to the Duo 2. Also as a side note DH & I had a great time reminiscing about using these lunch boxes all through our school years (I had the Duo 3 K-12 & DH had Duo 2 K-10). Great to know that there are still products like this out there!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the good ole favourites!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    From what I’ve read, the Tupperware range is not BPA-free.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hi Katrina, just wondering if you used any containers in the sandwich keeper plus? My son loves fruit like melon and I wouldn’t want the juice leaking into his sandwich. Do the Tupperware snack cups fit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    A lovely selection of lunchboxes and some great advice.

    I’ve noticed that Aldi has some lunch bags and boxes in the back to school season. They look OK and some have freezer packs – perhaps a good option for anyone with a budget in the Nudie Food price range.

    I like using my lunch box and bag as a mini picnic set. Especially useful when travelling by carReplyCancel

This post is sponsored by Wonder White A few weeks ago I shared a post on lunchbox ideas and within the post I mentioned we had bread left over from the BBQ so please don’t pick on me for giving the kids a lunchbox with white bread in it (because sadly people do do that).  A few […]

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  • Brooke

    Well I must admit I haven’t really looked into it too much I just heard that white bread isn’t healthy and have always fed my family wholegrain. Learnt something today, might surprise my kids with a loaf of white bread, they will be pleasantly surprised.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I thought the same Brooke.So yes it was a lovely surprise for us too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    we are the same, can’t beat a good sausage sandwich on white bread.ReplyCancel

  • I loathe people who judge the lunch box contents. My youngest child makes himself a vegemite sandwich on WHITE bread (oh, the horror) but he will eat it. The oldest lived on stras and sauce sandwiches for a couple of years, but again, ate his lunch every day. And as far as I am concerned, that is the only thing. He eats a decent breakfast, he eats a decent dinner.

    I won’t judge anyone who has the time and the inclination to make a lunch box full of wholesome bits and pieces that looks completely gorgeous. That’s their prerogative. My children will eat a vegemite sandwich or a cheese and salami sandwich at lunch time, so I am happy with that.ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodness, people love trying to bring others down to make themselves feel good don’t they? We eat wholemeal/multigrain bread mostly too, but if we only have white bread leftover from a weekend barbeque or social breakfast on the odd occasion, then they will eat that occasionally too! I believe in everything in moderation, and I believe that children need to learn about how to eat things in moderation for themselves. I wasn’t allowed sweet food much when I was young so it was like “forbidden fruit” to me, so when I was old enough to buy food from the school canteen, I went crazy and bought everything I had been denied all those years and now I am a terrible sugar addict and constantly fight cravings for it. I eat very well, but it is a constant struggle for me! I don’t want my children to be like me, so I allow them an occasional treat. It is not the norm, and our children eat super healthy a large majority of the time, so I think teaching them about “sometimes” foods is healthy, as from a young age they see that so long as you eat well mostly, you can have a treat occasionally too. Denying a child completely of something means they will try to sneak it in other ways I have found from my experience and in chatting with others! A friend never lets her child play video games or the iPad ever, and just found out that he sneaks to the library at school lunch to play the computer there and doesn’t interact with the other kids at school every lunchtime! My children can play a video game twice a week for half an hour IF they have done all their chores and homework only. They rarely watch TV except on the weekends they might watch a movie once or twice. Everything in moderation is the key I believe. I think we all need to relax a little, be more realistic and CERTAINLY not criticise others! We are all intelligent woman who want the best for our children, and are more than capable of making informed decisions for our family ourselves. I don’t understand why some people feel the need to comment negatively on stuff like this! Take what you like and simply leave the rest!! Stay yourself Kat! We love you! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh my goodness! Well said Fern!!!! Thank you! And yes i agree with you 100% Everything in moderation!!ReplyCancel

      • Yes, “everything in moderation”, including shards of broken glass, and arsenic.

        That phrase is silly. Why not replace it with “eat more of what your body needs, and less of what it doesn’t, or is harmful”?ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    You are spreading such misinformation! No, white bread is NOT healthy. Fortified foods are not nearly as well absorbed as actual nutrients. Where are your sources saying these ingredients are actually healthy or that the fiber is actually good? White bread is highly processed, and full of nasty ingredients. It’s your choice what you feed your family, but please, do some research and stop spreading lies about how “healthy” something like white bread is. There is ZERO health benefit in it. Real foods, like fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole seeds and grains like quinoa and brown rice will provide fiber without blood sugar spikes and fake ingredients. (Though fruit can spike blood sugar, so it’s important to eat it with a protein or healthy, whole grain.
    http://authoritynutrition.com/why-is-bread-bad-for-you/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Laura I’m sorry you feel this way, but I don’t believe I am misinforming anybody, in relation to ‘healthy’ I refer it to keeping your digestive system healthy and it helps to maintain a regular gut. Wonder White is filled with great fibre benefits that I have listed above and have also suggested some alternatives.ReplyCancel

      • amanda

        the whiter the bread the sooner you’re dead! i can’t believe my eyes reading everyones comments.. its the most basic of nutrition.. get rid of the white processed junk! gosh… this website is a disgraceReplyCancel

        • Mrs Woog

          To call someone as caring and as hardworking as Kat a disgrace, well it is just not cricket. Please think about things that you write online. It hurts more than you know.

          Here are a few things that I find a disgrace.

          The difference in pay based on gender
          The treatment of asylum seekers on Christmas Island
          The situation in Sudan
          The state of Federal Politics in our country.
          The discrimination that minority groups face everyday.

          We are talking about bread here, not the current state in Baghdad. Let’s gain a little persecutive, shall we Amanda?ReplyCancel

          • So, misinformation about white bread, which will contribute to metabolic syndrome items, leading to type 2 diabetes, CAD, CVD, alzheimers and other dementias, is *not* a disgrace? I agree there’s a lot wrong with the world, but simply shutting up about things which are broken “conventional wisdom” that has since been repeatedly disproven is a pretty simple way to make the world at least a bit better.

            And it’s not just about gluten… modern wheat is pretty bad stuff:

            http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2013/04/earth-to-jillian-its-not-about-gluten/

      • Kylie

        Did you even read the ingredients? It’s not even actual food. So in what universe is it considered healthy? Don’t believe everything you read on a packet.ReplyCancel

  • I love Wonder White, this is what we eat in our house too.

    Bread has such a bad press, yes brown rice salad is a better lunch option for me and my children but who wants brown rice salad every day? I love a ham salad sandwich on white bread! So I pick a healthier white bread.

    And you can’t make toasted cheese sandwiches on with brown rice. Who wants to live in that world!

    I couldn’t agree more with Miss Maudy and Fern. We are bringing our children up to be well adjusted adults who can make sensible choices and live and eat in the real world.

    xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Claire all white breads are different and there are some that don’t have the same benefits as the Wonder White. I just wanted to share with everybody that not all white bread is ‘bad.ReplyCancel

  • Perhaps, as Laura has requested, you could provide your sources, just to give the article more credibility.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just added the links to the bottom of the post Kym.ReplyCancel

      • Kym

        Hi Katrina,

        Thank you, however the link to the Facebook page is broken, and the Eatforyourhealth links do not actually mention Wonderwhite bread. Further, the linked information doesn’t support a ‘healthy’ label, as the guidelines say with regard to sodium that less than 120mg/100g is best, and WW has 500mg/100g. I encourage you to rewrite your article, still telling us the health benefits of fibre, but promote the product as yummy and fun to eat which is true (as opposed to ‘healthy’ which is not true). Good luck. xReplyCancel

        • Kym

          Perhaps also rephrase the bit that says WW will supply kids with their daily fibre fi, because it would take 12.5 slices to do that.ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry to break it to you, but foods are not the sum of their parts. As someone who studies biochemistry and nutrition – reading this was painful and disappointing. PLEASE educate yourself on current research BEFORE accepting money from companies to promote their products, especially when they clearly care more about their profits than health.

    Also, your title should read “White Bread’s Hidden Goodness” as possessive nouns need an apostrophe.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    To be fair, I think Katrina disclosed her source at the outset – the sponsor of the post, Wonder White. We each might judge for ourselves whether we think this to be a credible source of non-biased and complete information. However, Katrina might do well to do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Please don’t kid yourself that any type of commercial bread is good for you. Many of the added nutrients firstly cannot be absorbed by our bodies anyway, as they’re in a processed form our body doesn’t recognise. Secondly, commercial breads are still loaded with a stupid amount of additives and preservatives and these chemicals are being linked more and more to contributing significantly to the health problems our society is facing. Now, don’t get me wrong: I occasionally eat white bread and so do my kids. I don’t judge others for what they feed their kids – we are all doing our best as parents. But Wonder White is no more good for you than a good old loaf of $1 Home Brand bread.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael, a company such as Wonder White can never be a non-bias, complete source of information. It’s really depressing that sites like The Organised Housewife are taking advantage of mothers like this. Sure, have sponsored posts, but actually do the research prior! When your readers trust you it’s such a low blow to use that against them. White bread is actually one of the worst things you can eat for gut health!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jo I’m in no way taking advantage of anybody. I received some negative comments about a white bread lunchbox I shared a few weeks ago and agreed to writing this post to share that not all White bread is bad for you. I researched as you can see above defining all the different fibres found in the bread above and their benefits. It’s up to each reader to decide if they feel this is the right bread for their family.ReplyCancel

      • Rachael

        Jo, I absolutely agree 100% with you. Wonder White have a very obvious vested interest in maximising and promoting their claims of health, as does Katrina. Sorry, Katrina, but your ‘research’ smacks of Wonder White-ese (I.e., written by someone from wonder white or a parent/ affiliated company). I don’t mind you seeking sponsors, but I do mind the lack of transparency here, and the trumped-up ‘advice’ thinly veiled as sourced on your own from credible sources. It is only more concerning that you claim the ‘each to their Own’ moral high ground. You’ve lost me as a reader, Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    I’d love to give my child wholemeal bread however with a very serious seed and a legume allergy that is never going to be the case. So white bread options with added nutrients is the best option. People should not make judgements on others decision as quite often they do not why that decision was made in the first place. I often feel like I have to explain my decision regard, of all things bread to the judgemental glances from others especially other mothers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Christine and when I initially shared the lunchbox post a few weeks ago with the white bread I explained I am only using white bread as it was left over from the weekend, justifying it, which really I shouldn’t have to. Like you say, you just have to give your child the best option for them, that must be hard keeping seeds and legumes away from your child.ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m pretty sure Kat calls herself “The Organised Housewife” not the “Perfect Housewife”. If you don’t like what she shares unfollow, or don’t use that suggestion but most of what she shares is awesome! Take what you need and move on. I hate it when people cannot accept different opinions or ways of doing things.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa xReplyCancel

  • Renae

    Not much is more Aussie than a good old sausage in white bread off the BBQ! And our children will not die or become ill from eating them occasionally. I love all the so called nutrition experts who love to shoot down peoples choices. Anything in moderation. We eat a healthy balanced diet and sometimes my kids have soft drink at parties and even fairy bread!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Sponsored by WonderWhite…need I say more!
    What a joke!
    I enjoy your posts and ideas about keeping organised but I think I’ll take my nutritional advice from people who know what they’re talking about, not being paid off.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sorry you feel that way Sophie, I thought I was doing the right thing by agreeing to write this post, sharing that not all white breads are so bad.ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow. We are shocked. White bread GOOD for you? No way! What a disappointment to see this sort of information being promoted by people apparently passionate about health and wellness. No bread is actually good for anyone! Let alone white bread! Please do your research because this information is so incorrect it’s not funny.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Kat I am so sad to read all the negative comments, are you OK, it’s such a disgrace that people feel the need to be so horrible. I read the post from top to bottom and read firstly that you normally give your kids wholemeal bread. I have always found your post informative and I think this post does just that. I’m going to make those banana muffins BTW they look good!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Chin up Kat can only imagine how you are feeling right now with these nasty comments, have always loved your blog and just wish I could give you a hug right now. Don’t ever remember reading such nastiness on your page before, thinking of you.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    This is basically a well written advertisement for Wonder White. It’s so well written that it’s almost convincing. Shame.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Kat I’m sorry of you feel you’ve been unfairly vilified for this post but we’re living in times where there is a growing awareness surrounding the underhanded misinformation being dealt to the public from big food companies. In the past we assumed we could trust their claims but it’s become apparent that we simply can’t and this misinformation has led to un unprecedented rise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity. There is a big difference between food that is a ‘healthier’ option and food that is slightly less unhealthy. Maybe wonder white is slightly less unhealthy but it is far far far from a healthier option.ReplyCancel

    • simon

      Now that is very well said Tanya. We must remain vigilant and sceptical to the promotion and products by big food companies. The internet has offered us our best chance yet to counteract the marketing of industrialised false food, so we must use it diligently and responsibly to share real information.ReplyCancel

    • simon

      Very well said Tanya. We must remain vigilant and sceptical to the promotion and products by big food companies. The internet has offered us our best chance yet to counteract the marketing of industrialised false food, so we must use it diligently and responsibly to share real information.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I can’t believe how nasty some people are. Get a life, people.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Wow this is obviously a sponsored post. Paid by Wonder White I am guessing. Love your ‘organised’ posts and ideas but promoting this ‘food’ as healthy is not something I like to read :-( I honestly normally enjoy what you write and don’t like to leave negative feedback but it’s just not right to say this is healthy when it’s not. People follow you and are guided by you.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi Kat, I think your site is great! I love the organising tips! However, I have to say I am disappointed with your article on “white bread can be good” and I think a lot of people are upset with it because of the incorrect information. Perhaps it would have better if you first disclose that it is a sponsored article, and also clarify that “while grain bread is better, there are some white bread which is better than other white bread.” That would have been more accurate than saying “white bread is good”. I am not trying to be mean, or judging you of your food choices. That is none of my business. I am just trying to explain why so many people are upset, they are just upset about the incorrect information.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bec, thank you for your message, I am open to reading everybody’s feedback. I always disclose at the top of every post if it’s sponsored and did so the moment this post was published, perhaps you missed it at the top right? As you mention above about clarification that was what I was trying to say in the first few paragraphs, perhaps I have very poor writing skills that everybody has misunderstood it, I have not at all said that white bread is healthy in this post. Health is only mentioned in reference to the digestive system. Going to take a fresh new look at all of this again today.ReplyCancel

  • I rarely buy white bread but do agree nothing beats a sausage sandwhich on white bread with some butter and tomato sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Wow it is only BREAD! Does it really matter in comparison to everything else going on in the world?
    I didn’t think people were so passionate about bread. Feed your family what you think is best, do you not think that mothers are judged enough about everything.
    I agree with Lisa ‘the organised housewife’ not ‘the perfect housewife’ If you don’t like what Kat writes don’t keep reading it!

    Kat I hope you are ok after all the nasty comments.ReplyCancel

  • Fran

    Wow! I can’t believe how nasty people are these days.
    Instead of judging Kat why don’t you explain to her NICELY what exactly is wrong with Wonder white? Certain people including my self are still learning about Labels and what the heck numbers are on the ingredient lists.
    To me her post was very clear. Sponsored by Wonder White and the fact that they do NOT eat white bread everyday.
    If you didn’t like her post just skip ahead and focus on the other amazing things she writes about.

    Kat you don’t need to justify anything you do and I am quite saddened to see how everyone is attacking you regarding this matter. I have severe allergies to HEALTHY food and more often than not when eating out including at friends places White bread is the only option available with some delicious butter.
    Hope you’re OK and big hugs.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Fran, feeling your hugs xReplyCancel

  • SawHole

    White bread is responsible for global warming.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I don’t think any if the negative posts are nasty, they are just sharing the truth. People are smarter these days, and white bread (or any bread) no matter how the producer tries to market it, is healthy. There are so many other sources to gain fibre from – veges & fruit for one. Those that think the negative posts are nasty just haven’t woken up to the truth yet.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    *should read ” bread of any type is NOT healthy. Sorry could not edit comment aboveReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Mrs Woog that is a great list of disgraces but you forgot to add that the western diet consisting of highly processed “white” grains and misleading information from corporations and governments promoting this has caused the biggest health problems in western civilization, in particular obesity and diabetesReplyCancel

    • Jen, I disagree. I think the overabundance of food and people just downright eating too much has been the major cause of obesity and diabetes.ReplyCancel

  • wow! Just wow at the vitriol.
    I’m guessing that all the haters have NEVER bought a New Idea or a Woman’s Day or AWW or the newspaper, because they contain sponsored information.
    Chin Up Kat. Loved it when blogging was more community. Just keep swimming.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kylie xReplyCancel

      • Hey you are so welcome and by the way a Big THANK YOU – reading your blog every couple of days has kept me sane and helped kick my butt into gear as I prepare my house to be sold. Mwah xReplyCancel

  • Betty

    If people do want to review the actual scientific evidence stating that high fibre (but in particular whole grain) breads are good for you they should probably start by reading pages 44-48 of this: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/n55_australian_dietary_guidelines_130530.pdf

    If they want to find out more they should probably talk to a registered dietitian rather than reading most of the non-scientific stuff you see too often on the internet (I’m looking at you, Pete Evans’ facebook page….).ReplyCancel

  • Just writing to say I think you’re lovely. White bread, brown bread, no bread, fairy bread, bread with little seeds – whatever – I don’t care. I hope you’re OK and not upset by some of the comments here. XReplyCancel

  • As an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian I’m with you all the way Katrina (and Mrs Woog- loved the most recent blog). Yes, I love brown rice and quinoa but for some of my younger clients high fibre white bread, like Wonder White, is a good start to replacing white bread. A work in progress I call it. I thought your article was balanced and I would write something similar on that topic. And no, I’m not paid by any company to say so. Well done Katrina :)ReplyCancel

Munch and Crunch Kiwi Fruit Morning Tea Banana bread & cucumber, cherry tomato and cheese cube Lunch Ham and cheese sandwich with strawberry fruit leather I put the strawberry fruit roll up in a little Silicone Food Buckets to keep it separated from the banana bread. view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • I totally want to try those roll ups. They’ve been on my to-do list for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      They are really easy and the kids love them.:)ReplyCancel

Munch and Crunch Apple Morning Tea Chocolate Rice Bubble Bars & Apricot Balls Lunch Ham, lettuce and cheese wrap & rice crackers with avocado horseradish spread view more lunchbox ideas here  

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  • Sharon Grove-Zemars

    do you have ideas for teenagers boys who are very active – attend a sports high school apparantley i dont pack enough .. thank you
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  • Marni

    love it, simple and manageable, my kids would enjoy this. thanks katReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      It is so easy and simple and yes my kids love it too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kylee

    I often forget to switch things around and use wraps instead of bread, thanks for the inspiration, now off to make lunches.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes wraps are a great alternative and something a little different.ReplyCancel

  • I LOVE it when you do lunchboxes. It makes me want to cut things up and arrange them very neatly.ReplyCancel

  • I love Tupperware lunchboxes! These look like they’re packed with love and goodness :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Kaz i love them too! They work so well.:)ReplyCancel

  • Terry Bowery

    Any ideas for keeping refrigerated items cold? Kids claim ice packs leak and take up too much room in lunch bag.ReplyCancel

Munch & Crunch Banana Morning Tea Strawberry, Kiwifruit and Apple Donut Muffins Lunch Ham and Cheese sandwich and popcorn  Note: normally I prefer to use multgrain or wholemeal bread however this day I happened to have white bread left over from a weekend BBQ  view more lunchbox ideas here

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  • Keryn

    Thanks Kat, this is great, I am forever trying to come up with a variety of different ideas for the kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Keryn, it gets hard thinking of new ideas i totally understand. So glad this has helped you out.:)ReplyCancel

Recently I shared on facebook some of my favourite freezeable lunchbox treats and was asked how I freeze them.  I freeze just about everything I bake, I use an air-tight container and place the food items straight into the containers unwrapped, they don’t dry out or get freezer burn.  When packing the kids lunches I […]

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  • This little yellow house

    Can you come and cook for me! Not that my thighs need more food, but it looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Adlington

    My daughter used to complain that sandwiches made from frozen, thawed bread were soggy. I put a piece of paper towel in with them to absorb excess moisture and bingo – no more complaints. I do this for other frozen treats now, too. ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    For those whose kids attend nut-free schools, careful with the type of baked goods you send.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Absolutely Leah, some schools are nut freeReplyCancel