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White bread’s hidden goodness

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.

    • 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:


      • 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.


    • 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:

    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

Kids Lunchbox Idea #3

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

Kids Lunchbox Idea #2

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

  • 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

Kids Lunchbox Idea #1

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

5 Muffin Recipes

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

Lunchbox ideas for the kids

Schools back next week here in Queensland.  Soon I will be creating my shopping list for our weekly shop which will include lunch box food.  Over the past week I have been stocking the freezer with some biscuits and muffins, they are always good to have on hand. Below I have shared with you some […]

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  • Andrea Marmasch Fawcett

    Do you have a recipe for choc chip banana bread somewhere. I thought I saw it but can’t find it nowReplyCancel

  • The Dad Network

    I don’t know about the kids.. I think I need some ideas for my packed lunches! ThanksReplyCancel

My Lunch Box Packing Guidelines

This post is sponsored by Sunbites My kids are growing fast, the twins are both taller than me now, but we won’t talk about that I am still in denial.  As they are growing they are asking for more food in their lunchbox.  However I don’t want to fill their lunchbox with the wrong food.  I try to […]

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  • Cheryl

    I always struggle with ideas for the lunchbox and never really thought too hard about what I put in, I like the idea of using a plan, may make it easier to work out what to put in every day.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Takes the hard work out of thinking sticking to a plan Cheryl, hope this helps you too :)ReplyCancel

  • Larome

    Kat you always cease to amaze me how organised you are. I’m forever trying to work out creative ideas to put in the kids lunchbox, love how simple and nutritious your lunch boxes are. I see all the bento type lunchboxes, and just think I never have the time. I didn’t know the sunbite popcorn packets were available, thanks I’ll be grabbing some of those for sure for the kidsReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      I’ve always cooked up a bag of popcorn, but always ends up too much for the kids lunchboxes, so I waste so much, the kids are enjoying the new individual packets and all the different flavours, they’ve been handy to put in their bags at sport as snacks.ReplyCancel

  • Jasmine Tilley

    Ooh that lunchbox note is very very cute!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Thanks Jasmine, the kids love them too!ReplyCancel

  • Anne At Home

    Hi Kat, great post! I know you’ve probably said this before but where are those lunch boxes from? I am really trying to cut down on plastic wraps/sandwich bags etc and they look great. Are the photos how you send them off to school, with no extra wrapping? Does it all stay fresh (eg are those grain waves still crunchy?! Or in reality do you still wrap stuff? Thanks in advance, Anne xReplyCancel

    • Roslyn Woodhouse

      The lunchbox is a sandwich keeper plus from Tupperware. I can’t speak for Kat’s kid’s lunches, but i use these for my kids and i don’t use any wrap at all. Everything stays fresh and sealed in it’s compartments. (there are ridges in the lid) I even give my kids homemade sausage rolls some days, and I put sauce in one of the smaller compartments. It never leaks.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina

        Love how you don’t need to wrap anything, mmmm, sausage rolls sound good!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Hi Anne, yes they are from Tupperware, they are called the sandwich keeper plus, they have smaller ones for just sandwiches. I have used these since the twins were in kindy, they are now 11. I have only ever purchased them once, if they have broken over this time tupperware have replaced them. I don’t use any extra wrapping, I only put the wetter types of fruit like oranges or watermelon into their own containers so they don’t leak over the sandwiches. All food stay fresh in them and I like that we don’t use clingwrap, less waste in the environment.ReplyCancel

      • Anne At Home

        Thanks so much for the replies! Now I just need an invite to a Tupperware party…!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes Anne, this is exactly how they are sent, I really prefer not to use any glad wrap and everything stays perfectly fresh!ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I love your posts on lunchboxes. My kids are not allowed to use the school bins for lunchbox waste which means it all comes home again. It has been a real eye opener as to what I have actually packed into their boxes and how much plastic I’m putting out there. Sandwich bags, yogurt containers, cling wrap, chippie packets, raisin boxes… Scary stuff!! Not to mention that it is easy to overpack a lunchbox with too much food that will not last the day and will add to the waste pile.

    I managed to find 2 Tupperware ‘Sandwich Keeper Plus’ lunchboxes on ebay for $10 each as a consultant was going out of business. Bargain!! They will have paid for themselves after my next grocery shopping trip. No more waste, no more overfilled boxes or mangled food and they are easy to wipe out at the end of the day.

    Thanks for putting me onto them and I look forward to more lunchbox posts soon :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Love it Vonni, exactly why I love these lunchboxes too. Wow you found them at a bargain price so happy that my blog has inspired you!ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    I always get inspired when I see your lunchbox posts. I get your organised and all, but it’s real and foods that the kids will eat, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Pikelets are a big hit here at the moment :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy

    Love love love this. My little one starts kindy in Jan so I’ve been keeping an eye out for lunch ideas. This will be printed and stuck to the fridge!
    Question though, does that container keep the food fresh in summer or would you use an insulated lunch bag for school?
    Thanks so much.ReplyCancel

    • Amanda

      Tammy, definitely use an insulated cooler bag with an ice brick… our spring/summers are just too hot to keep food at a safe temperature otherwise :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Tammy we do use the insulated bag with these to help keep the fruit fresh. Tupperware sell the insulated bags that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I have a 5 item plan for my kids’ lunches. There are always 5 components, I simply increase the serving size as their appetites increase.

    My 5 elements are:

    1) Main Event (usually a sandwich / wrap / scroll)
    2) Drink (water or an occasional popper / flavoured milk)
    3) Fruit (fresh or canned)
    4) Savoury Snack (crackers & cheese, veggie sticks & dip, potato chips)
    5) Sweet Treat (slice / muffin)

    My biggest problem is DS 10 who dislikes sandwiches. What a PAIN – he usually has extra fruit, some carrot sticks, whole tomatoes. I’m hoping to bake some pizza scrolls etc for the freezer this holidays to inspire him.

    Another winter treat is Hot Dogs. I send along a buttered hot dog roll, a small container of tomato sauce, a frankfurter wrapped in foil, a mini pair of tongs and a flask of boiling water. At lunch time they carefully open the flask, pop the frankfurter in the water, rescrew the lid and leave for a couple of minutes – then remove the heated frankfurter using tongs and make up their own hot dog. NOT RECOMMENDED for younger kids – I usually put a post-it note with a warning on the flask reminding them to be extra careful and I always warn the kids in the morning. They really love this though – a change from “boring” sandwiches !ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      love that idea Julia K, my kids would love it as an occasional treat, I might just give it a go!!ReplyCancel

  • Paige

    Do you find this is enough food for the kids? I love the idea of a Tupperware lunch box, but my son would need 2 for the day! one for morning tea and one for lunch! He is almost 4 and is very active, but eats so much food I cant keep up! we currently just use a massive container with a gazillion smaller containers inside, the washing up is painful though! Does anyone have any suggestions?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Paige i understand what you are saying, my daughter eats a lot at school too. I still like to use the Tupperware Lunchbox container as it does save with washing up lot s of smaller containers but i also do put in another container (not as big) for other food so she doesn’t get hungry ~ KateReplyCancel

How to stop apples from going brown

Apples are a healthy snack for kids school lunches and they always seem to eat more of the apple if it’s cut up for them. Then there’s the dreaded browning of the apple, which no kid likes. Here are some great tips to stop this from happening: Always use a sharp blade to cut an […]

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  • Catriona Noble

    Place cut apple in a bowl and sprinkle salt over the top. Cover with water and let sit for 5 mins. Drain, pat dry and place in snack bags or a lunchbox container. Works every time! ReplyCancel

  • Carol Gillham

    My son likes his apple peeled and knives and peelers are a NO, NO at school. I peel the apple and put a tinybit of water in a zip lock back,( just enough to cover the bottom) squeeze all the air out as I close it and the apple stays amost like it has just been peeled. PS: My son is very fussy and usually wont eat fruit if it is discoloured, but always eats his apple when I send it. Teacher has confirmed this!

  • Hayley McKaskill

    I just love the look & simplicity of these lunch boxes! I just got my eldest daughter a pink one but am finding it hard to get a purple one for my youngest! (would be world war 3 for it not to be purple!) I know they are discontinued, any ideas where to source one? Cheers! ReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Adventures of a Rainbow Mama

    I like the rubber band tip. Thanks!
    Oh, and BRAVO to you Kat for standing up against the crazy web-traffic stealing situation! XO

    Amber | Adventures of a Rainbow MamaReplyCancel

  • Kirsty McMillan

    I find putting the apple slices in the lunchbox upside down (skin up) helps them not brown so much. Also the Tupperware lunchboxes help too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Such a simple idea Kirsty, very clever!ReplyCancel

  • This is genius! Mr Smaggle is such a little prince and likes his fruit cut up… preferably by me! I’ll have to do this for him when I leave in the mornings.ReplyCancel

  • Great tip! Know We will have fresh apples all the time.I always all lemon to it! Thanks for the tip!ReplyCancel

  • Lisette McDermott

    Sprinkle with cinnamon, it hides the brown! ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Hoffman

    I use an apple slinky, leaving the peel on and popping the core back in before putting it in the lunch bag. ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    I sprinkle a little fruit pectin and put it back together skin side outReplyCancel

  • Bianca Wellsteed

    I cut mine and put it in a container or clip lock bag with a tablespoon or so of water.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Marciano

    I put my cut apple in a bowl of water (enough to cover fruit) with tsp of lemon or lime juice, pat dry with paper towel and put in lunch box. It even works with apple chips (very thin sliced apples) without changing the apple flavorReplyCancel

Lunch Box Ideas for Fussy Eaters

One of my readers Hayley, sent me these pictures of her children’s lunch boxes. She has two children one who eats everything and one who is fussy. She finds that if she changes the shapes of the sandwiches and gets creative, she will eat almost anything. I hope this may help some of you out […]

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  • Hayley Kruger Gradwell

    Hi Katrina. I was so excited to open up your mail this morning to find my lunchbox pics on your blog. I feel like a celebrity today. :) Thank you for sharing them.ReplyCancel

  • Veggie Mama

    I love bento lunches too! My two have been a bit little to care so far, but the older one now gets a kick out of a heart-shaped piece of cheese :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily Smith

    What great ideas! I have especially fussy kids :)ReplyCancel

  • That cheese ninja is the cutest thing in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    These ideas are so amazingly cute! Love them!!????ReplyCancel

  • Pinwheels & Pompoms

    I just wish my kids liked babybel cheese – those little ninjas are gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Christy Storer

    I just cannot imagine ever doing that. So much effort. What do you do with the rest of the carrot? I’m very impressed that you have done this.ReplyCancel

  • Terri-lee Kaden

    Cute :-) we like to bento too! I recently joined an Aussie bento FB group “little bento lunchbox” a group where mums inspire each other uploading their pics of the cutest lunches! ReplyCancel

  • Louisa Webber

    They are very cute but I don’t think you truly get the concept of a fussy eater!
    My fussy eater would eat the bread, If I was lucky (It could have been contaminated by having something on it), and he might eat the cheese!
    On the other hand, my Daughter would love a lunch like that!

  • Mandy

    Where do I get those lunch boxes from?ReplyCancel

    • Kirstie

      Mandy, these lunch boxes are from Tupperware. They are great.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy

    And how do you keep the apples from going brown?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Mandy my kids now eat whole apples, but when they were younger I cut them up too and placed them in the tupperware sandwich keeper plus boxes, they weren’t brown by first break. I have heard some people use lemon juice to stop them going brown too.ReplyCancel

  • Carissa Hardy

    Great ideas. but just doesn’t look very practical :-/ I’m wondering how it all stays chilled & what it actually looks like by morning tea/luch???ReplyCancel

  • Nicola

    Super cute ideas! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas on your website Kat! Quick question, I’ve been looking for an esky that the Tupperware Lunch Box will fit neatly into. Have you got any suggestions? At the moment I just use the Nude Food Movers, but would love to dust my Tuppers off again. :o)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Nicola Tupperware now sell insulated bags for that fit the sandwich keeper plus perfectly, in fact it’s big enough to fit 2 or the lunchbox, ice brick fruit and more, ample space. Off the top of my head I think they are $20.ReplyCancel

  • Bree

    As mentioned earlier that little bento facebook page is brilliant for ideas!

    If you want eyes, you can use sultanas instead of a fancy food pen

    Fridge to go lunchboxes fit many a bento lunch box and keep it all cold for 8 hours.

    For apples not going brown ( get a bowl of cold or tap water, add a pinch of salt and soak a minute or two, then you can rinse cut apple and stow)

    I love those little notes Hayley!

    It really doesn’t take that much time to do a a bento lunch – I thought it would too, until I tried and got fast. Essentially its a vegemite sanger, youghurt and fruit, just cut/ separated :)ReplyCancel

  • Whitney James

    Hi, what lunchbox do you use? Thanks! ReplyCancel

Homemade Shredded Chicken Breast for School Lunchboxes

I love a BBQ Chook bread roll, it’s a quick and easy lunch to make the family.  However they are too expensive to have often and high in fat, but I have found an alternative.  I purchase a kilogram of chicken breast (it’s cheaper from the supermarket deli than packaged in the meat section), poach […]

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How to Pack a Healthy Lunchbox

This is a guest post by Mona author of The Lunchbox Revolution The school lunchbox is one of the hottest topics when it comes time to get the kids organised to go back to school.  My goal is to take some of the stress out of your morning rush and help you pack a lunch […]

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  • Deb Horne

    The lunch ideas look great! I also love the idea of sorting lunch out on the Sunday WITH the kids :)ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    I am so glad you did this guest post! They are some great ideas to involve kids in packing their lunches. Because lets face it. If they don’t have a say they probably won’t eat them!!ReplyCancel

    • It’s amazing what kids will do if they can be involved in the process!ReplyCancel

  • […] The Organised Housewife with some tips for packing a healthy lunchbox. […]ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Some solid and useful information, thank you.
    I’m going to be a little controversial here. Let me begin by saying I have every respect for parents who go to the time and expense of investing in wholesome food and quality containers etc I have put 3 step children through the school routine and still have my youngest 3 in school. It is my experience that particularly where money is tight it is better to feed them well at home where you know how much they really eat. The 4 pm snack attack is a great time to “dose them up” on fruit/ veg and wholefoods. Sending them to school with brown rice is ok if you know they love it, however if they are unsure their peers will be happy to tell them it is “yuck” etc. “Sweet” treats – Favourite fruits
    “savoury” nibbles – crackers, cheese, dips, sandwiches, wraps, muffins.
    Presentation is important, what will it look like after it is shaken, tipped upside down, exposed to temperature variations etc. Is it going to be safe to eat?
    Is that $10 container going to go missing in week one? Sometimes a “disposable” water bottle with stickers to personalize it outlasts and out wins against the $15 brand name one. Is it cute for them, or you?
    Just some things to think about :)ReplyCancel

  • […] How to Pack a Healthy Lunchbox : The Organised Housewife … – Start with a Plan. A healthy, tasty lunchbox will not magically appear in the fridge come Monday morning. … The Organised Housewife with some tips for packing a healthy lunchbox. […] Reply Cancel. Rachel. Some solid and useful information, thank you. […]ReplyCancel