Containers – the type with compartments / bento box are perfect for offerings of different food groups. This saves on unnecessary wrappings.
Drinks – we provide water and encourage the children to pour their own to promote independence.
Cutlery / plates – we provide.
We have a no nut policy – be mindful of fillings such as chocolate spread and peanut butter. Cereal bars often have hidden nuts. We promote healthy eating at Woodentots, we ask that no crisps or chocolate is brought into school. If we know we have a child with a nut allergy that includes for example pine nuts we will inform you.
Fruit / vegetables
We cannot heat foods, if you would like to bring hot food use a food flask.
Examples of protein
Cooked chicken / cold meats
Boiled egg – could be in the shell so your child can peel it
Chopped cooked omelet
Cheese – slices / cubes / grated
Fish – flaked salmon / smoked mackerel / tinned fish such as tuna and mackerel
Veggie or meat sausages
Veggie or meatballs
Butterbeans / pulses in a tomato sauce
Yoghurt – a small pot or spoon natural or Greek yoghurt into a pot with a lid with fresh fruit or purée
Chia seed pudding
Seeds – sunflower, pumpkin
Examples of fruits and vegetables
Raw vegetables- peppers / carrots / cucumber/ celery / fennel / cherry tomatoes / sugar snaps / radishes / lettuce / baby corn
Cooked vegetables – corn on the cob slices / broccoli / peas / green beans / courgette / edamame beans / avocado
Vegetables kebab with a mix of raw and cooked vegetables
Use a hand shredder / peeler to make ribbons of carrot / cucumber
Fruits – chopped ready to eat, apple / pear / halved grapes / banana/ melon / melon balls / mango / watermelon / pomegranate / pineapple / raspberries / strawberries/ blueberries / orange slices / tangerines / kiwi fruit …
Fruit kebab with a mix of fresh and dried
Dried fruits – apricots / figs / dates / mango / apple rings / pineapple…
Carbohydrates – bagel / oat cakes / bread sticks / bread / pitta / crackers / roll / corn cakes / rice cakes / pizza / pumpkin seed crackers / wraps / plain popcorn / pretzels / corn chips / cold potato / savoury scone …
Sandwiches can be made more appealing by using a cookie cutter such as a star or dinosaur. Peppers / cucumber / cheese can also be cut into shapes.
Toppings for the above:
Butter / cream cheese / pumpkinseed spread / sunflower seed / marmite / cheese / fish or meat pate / egg mayonnaise / smashed avocado
Pasta – plain or with a sauce such as tomato or pesto
Tuna fish / sweetcorn and cheese
Food flask ideas – wide necked food flasks keep the food warm ready for lunchtime.
Pastas / risotto / rice / soup / Dal / lentils / chick peas / butterbeans / couscous / quinoa / barely…
Add vegetables and sauce / cheese …
Left over supper