Packing a balanced lunchbox with Uncle Tobys museli bars
We buy Uncle Toby’s muesli bars quite regularly. I know that everyone in the house will eat them without fuss (just about every other brand we have tried is disliked by at least one person in our house, including the ones I make myself). It is nice to have something in the cupboard that I know everyone likes and will eat without complaint.
I’m even happier, because Uncle Tobys have reformulated their old recipe. We were sent some of the new style bars to try out. The first thing I noticed was they have reduced sugar and sodium in their bars and added more wholegrains. For myself, reformulating a tried and tested recipe usually means it ends up not tasting as good, but in this case – I prefer the new ones, and so do the kids. Hooray! I found the old ones would get quite hard to bite through as they were so densely packed. The new recipe is softer, and easier to chew – the kids also liked this about them. Miss E also swears she can taste more honey – the kid is a honey freak!
Both the choc chip and apricot bars that we were sent to try, get an enthusiastic two thumbs up from our family taste testers! Keep an eye out for the new packaging…
I find these are a great option on those mornings when you are running horrendously late (quite often for me). The kids get a museli bar, an apple or banana and a cup of milk with a lid to have in the car on the way to school. This works well when you are a 25 minute drive away from school like we are. Not so, if you are a two minute walk away!
For lunchboxes, I tend to chop mine up into bite sized pieces. Lunchboxes for us tend to come home a lot emptier with bite sized portions. It also makes it easier to have a balanced lunchbox with a good combination of fruit, veg, grains, dairy and protein. For example…
- Museli bar cut into bite sized pieces.
- Berry yoghurt (top with fresh or frozen berries for extra nutrition and flavour).
- Rice crackers and feta cheese.
- Trail mix (dried blueberries, cranberries & raisins), coconut, dark choc chips, pepitas and sunflower seeds (we find seeds are a great alternative to nuts for school).
- Cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks
- Homemade chicken breast nuggets (with sneaky veg) – these can be made, cooked and then frozen. They thaw out by lunchtime. Serve with a salt reduced tomato sauce in a container for dipping.
- For a fruit serve, we actually have a frozen stick of puréed strawberries – we bought a heap of strawberries fresh and on sale and blended them up and put them into zip sealed icy pole sticks. They thaw out by lunch, or are slushy for recess.
Try your own combination of balanced lunch options, and see whether providing a range of food groups – and perhaps some new and improved museli bars – helps your child’s lunchbox come home empty…
Financial compensation was not received for this post, however, sample products for the purpose of road testing were provided. All opinions expressed here are our own.