Cut-up some cucumber sticks, or buy the mini cucumbers, carrot sticks, snow peas, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, green beans. Serve with hommus, pesto, guacamole, tomato salsa, or any other home-made dips. If buying from the store, SSS Foods Hommus brand is great, it has no preservatives and is made using olive oil.
- freshly chopped up or served whole. Try to stick to seasonal fruits as they are fresher and provide the vitamins and minerals needed for that season
- sourdough (spelt, rye etc), wraps, brown rice and quinoa cakes, banana bread made with spelt or buckwheat flours (or gluten free if needed), banana mini pancakes, rice paper rolls, brown rice sushi, gluten free pasta or pulse pasta mixed with pesto, popcorn, roasted chickpeas, plain corn chips, homemade muffins or cakes (wholefood recipes, using good quality flours, fats and sweeteners).
- boiled egg, meatballs, nitrate-free ham, shredded chicken, leftover roast meat, tuna or salmon, organic sausages, organic natural yoghurt (naturally sweetened), rice paper rolls with a protein and salad, mini frittatas or zucchini slice made in a muffin tin, baked beans, hommus.
- guacamole, full fat Greek yoghurt, cheese (not processed), boiled egg, coconut flakes, coconut yoghurt. Bliss balls can be easily made and contain good fats such as coconut oil, coconut, flaxseeds, seeds and nuts (if allowed at the school).
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