A new school term is upon us – that means it’s back to making school lunches!!!
I have so enjoyed the break, but I have also started restocking the freezer in preparation. Click here to see my blog post on how I make healthy lunches.
My lovely friend, Wendy at Vegie Smugglers is also a dab hand at healthy lunches. Wendy’s healthy ‘vegie-smuggling’ cookbooks are quite famous and very popular with families around Australia! She has been featured in Australian Healthy Living magazine and many other publications.
I was so thrilled to be one of the recipe testers on her second Vegie Smugglers cookbook. I can tell you from first hand experience how yummy the recipes are! Just simple, family-friendly meals that are healthy and contain vegetables – isn’t that what we want to cook every night??
When Wendy asked me if I was interested in becoming her first affiliate blog for Vegie Smugglers, I did not hesitate! I am more than happy to spread the word about healthy eating made simple and tasty. So, I have a little box on the side of my page now linking you up with Vegie Smugglers. Very exciting! Thank you for your support – it means I can try to cover my blogging costs and keep doing what I love!
As well as two fabulous cookbooks, Wendy also has a couple of fabulous ebooks including Craft for Non-crafty Parents (great activities for the kids you can just print off as you need) and….
The Complete Vegie Smugglers Lunchbox Planner.
It contains 40 weeks of lunchbox plans! You will find within, heaps of great recipes and tips for healthy school lunches.
This giveaway has now closed. Thank you for entering!
Wendy has kindly offered to give away THREE copies of her luncbox planner book to THREE of you! You have to be in it to win it, so here’s how to enter!
* Be a LIKER of the Vegie Smugglers Facebook page. Go here.
* Be a FOLLOWER of my blog page. Go to the top right hand side of the page and add your email address.
* COMMENT on this post what healthy food you or your kids like in their lunchboxes.
This giveaway is open to Australian residents only. Three winners will be chosen using random.org and notified by email and also on the comment section of this blog post. This giveaway runs from now until Tuesday the 17th of July at midnight.
Good luck everyone and happy lunch-making!
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Mel Peacock says
Carrots – we love carrots. Nice and easy and guaranteed to all be eaten when I put them in the lunch boxes 🙂 I’m not that creative unfortunately hahaha.
I just tweeted this for you 🙂
Natural New Age Mum says
thanks Vicki ! I am not a tweeter yet! 😀
Melissa Coulson says
Our girls love dips & vegie dippers – usually hommus with either carrot, cucumber or celery sticks (or a combo). They also like babaghanoush, tzatziki, & a feta dip I made once 🙂
sultanas, rice crackers with cheese, muffins with any type of fruit.
my kids like hummus and rice crackers, or boiled eggs (esp if put in those egg moulds that turn them into different shapes!)
My kiddo loves carrot and cucumber coins, and we often make our own herb and garlic dip to go with them!
Mini quiches- with lots of vegies- yummo!
Rice cakes with free nut spread
Leanne Moller says
Thought I probably should have used my fb account to enter 🙂 we also love greek yoghurt mixed with kiwi fruit, yum!
Joanne Williams says
I love leftovers for lunch. As we are mostly vegetarian and sometimes vegan, these are always healthy leftovers.
Kirstin O'Brien says
My two boys love organic honey sandwiches and any kind of fresh fruit or home made baked item with a sneaky vegie added.
Blueberries and strawberries. I know but it is guaranteed that they will get eaten. Would love to win to encourage more vegetables to be eaten. Thanks.
Savoury muffins and veggie pancakes!
Homemade banana bread is their favorite lunchbox treat.
Leah Marshall says
Fruit Salad – we make shapes out of the watermelon and rock melon using cookie cutters 🙂
Sueanne Lewis says
Cucumber, carrots and when possible some fresh guacamole and crackers!
I have been on a refined sugar free baking mission this year. (Nut free) lunchbox favourites so far include maple syrup cookies, banana bread and jam drops. I am gradually sneaking in more and more seeds. Now it’s time for more veggies. Carrot sticks are a firm favourite here too.
belinda paterson says
almonds are a winner and so are mandarines.
Great giveaway! I’ve seen and made quite a few of the vegie smugglers’ recipes and recently saw she has a new column in Healthy Food Guide Australia (one of my fav mags!). I love big salads in my lunch or chopped up carrots and celery with dip. For snacking I can’t go past homemade trail mix or gluten free banana mini muffins (also homemade of course)
Andrea Els says
Carrot sticks and red capsicum sticks are a winner with my little ones!
Amy Bennett says
My daughter loves to take homemade mini chicken or turkey mince meatballs with dipping sauce. Good protein sauce and I can incorporate whatever grated vegies I have on hand into the meatballs.
Rice Crackers with cream cheese or Cruskits and avocado are always popular along with plenty of fruit!
Tracy Rockley says
We have fruit kebabs, cacao bliss balls, blueberry muffins, capsicum and carrot sticks with hommus, fried rice in thermos with HEAPS of vegies, pasta with homemade pasta sauce (heaps of vegies) in thermos to keep warm, beetroot brownies (veggies smugglers) and heaps of other recipes for vegie smugglers LOVE the cookbooks
Sammy spillane says
Hi what a great giveaway, my kids fav food is strawberries but they often get beaten and shaken on the way to school. So I blend them up to make a Purée and stick a spoon in (ice pack is always in)
Melissa Antolovic says
My little one doesn’t take lunch yet, but loves to have a lunch box at home – he loves sultanas and watermelon but his favourite would have to be blueberries
my boys absolutely love banana muffins, grapes , tuna and rice crackers , carrot sticks and hummus , yoghurt and fruit salads <3
My school aged son loves taking salads to school as well as left over homemade chicken and veg nuggets in a wrap with salad and cheese. Homemade sushi either traditional rice variety or made using wholemeal bread or a wrap. Fruit salad, veggie sticks, cheese with home made crackers.
Oops thanks for the great competition.
Narelle Bailey says
My son likes Goji berries in his lunchbox as a treat
My boys love apples. Delicious apples 🙂
Wheat/dairy free veggie pancakes and a banana are my best inclusions 🙂
Monique N says
I already follow the Vegie Smugglers FB page, and also your blog! My boys absolutely LOVE sushi. Also tons of fruit, and yogurts. Plus we throw in some homemade muesli slice and a big bottle of water and they are 2 happy munchkins at school 😉 Thanks heaps! Monique
Nic Coleman says
My girls love homemade yoghurt with nuts, seeds and berries stirred through it. Thanks for the great comp 🙂
Cherie Kelly says
vegie smuggler liker …. tick
natural new age mum blogger …. tick
my kids are huge fruit n vegie likers …. tick
but am soooooo after new lunchbox recipes ~ recently purchased thermos …. huge tick they luv’d being able to take hot vegie soup n mix up the routine so any new ideas …. another huge tick 🙂 thanks and good luck everyone 🙂
Amy B says
My little guy LOVES his blueberries! I pop them
In still frozen, by lunch they are soft and squishy and oh so messy! The day care ladies don’t mind the mess because he’s so happy when he eats them 🙂
My kidliwinks love home made tzatiki, with carrot and capsicum to dip in.
They also love home made muesli bars bars with cranberries, pepitas and sunflower seeds. I also love these!
Pam Eberstadt says
Hi, I already follow Vegie Smugglers on Facebook and subscribe to the blog 🙂 I am now also following you. Current fave in our house is home-baked apricot wholemeal scones. Very tasty and at the same time wholesome 🙂
Gosh where to start? My two older boys (4 yo & 22 months) just love cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, strawberries, blueberries, dried apricots or dates… these get demolished first every time! I love that they love good, simple, healthy food… but then that’s what they get given so they are just used to it!
Cindy Conway says
Sausage rolls – loaded with vegies, zucchini slice which the kids think is egg and bacon pie – also loaded with vegies. Cassa pies are a huge hit. Casserole with tonnes of vegires cooked in the slow cooker, bleneded up and placed in pastry in muffin trays and topped with cheese – the kids love them (but hate casserole!!
Ying Ying TAN says
We love healthy sushi rolls with tuna and avacado…yum!
Fiona S says
fruit, carrots and dip or sausage rolls with loads of vegies hidden in them 🙂
My 3 boys and myself love cucumber, carrot & celery sticks with laughing cow cheese in one side of our lunch boxes and chopped up fruit salad in the other side – yum :))
Janet bell says
I am sure I already left a comment on the ‘Chicken nuggets’ but I have made a heap more and other folks have tried them and wow the comments were amazing.Everyone loved them and have said they will never again but the ready made ones nor buy them from the KFC or golden arches, Just thought I would let you know.
Natural New Age Mum says
that’s fantastic Janet !! makes me VERY happy to hear !! you are creating a revolution !! 😀
my son avoids all vegetables at all costs so i have had a really hard time trying to find food that i am comfortable putting in his lunchbox.
i love making a batch of ‘chocolate balls’ which are dates, walnuts, cocoa, coconut and agave syrup – which he is happy to have in his lunchbox! he loves apple too which is great.
This week my family are all enjoying koftas, hummus, salad in wholemeal pita bread. My 6 year old has it all ready in his lunchbox for school today and will assemble at lunchtime. He loves them.
My son just loves salads….weather it is a salad sandwich, wrap or just by itself
Sharren Ludlow says
my kids love wholemeal bread spread with rocket dip & salad. juliene sliced cheese, carrot, celery, capsicum, lombok & mushroom.
We love puffed corn (which we call popcorn but with no bits sticking in your teeth) and always a colourful fruit salad which we add new fruit to randomly and occassionaly she will love the new fruit 🙂
My son loves chopped strawberries (his favourite food ever). I also like throwing in a little box of sultanas.
Kresha Cousins says
My son loves carrot sticks, and frozen oranges………..it is always a struggle to think of new healthy ideas for lunchboxes though!
Natural New Age Mum says
Thanks to everyone for entering! What great healthy food you all eat! Our three winners are:
Andrea, Cassy and Leanne.
Congratulations ladies! Check your emails!