Vegan Lunch Box: No Need to Hide Healthy Foods – Just Get an Awesome Container for Them!

It’s true what they say about presentation: the yummiest most healthy dish can put you off if it’s served in an unaesthetic way, while the not-so-glorious food can look extremly appealing in the right presentation.

As part of my efforts to provide a healthy lunch box that would be as healthy as it is appealing for myself and for my family, I was very happy to come across the Vegan Lunch Box blog where cookbook author Jennifer McCann shares pictures of all the magnificent and healthy lunches she makes for her son. While it is very inspiring to be so creative on a daily basis with examples such as the Italian lunch box and the panda sandwich, between running around after 2.5 year old Leilani and looking after 5 month old Malia, I just don’t have time! 

Leilania's vegan lunch box packed with wholegrain sandwich with tofutti cream cheese, puffed corn, blueberries and green capsicum with tahini dip

But…sneakily I discovered that I don’t have to be fancy if I have a fancy means of food presentation! Jennifer McCann uses a ‘laptop lunch box’ for her son which is modelled on a traditional Japanese Bento Box. There are different compartments for separating foods and they come in a variety of funky colours. Being a sucker for cool Tupperware and containers, I ordered Leilani a purple one!

Magically with this pretty lunch box, the simplest things become so exciting to her – like playing a game of “what’s in the box?”! Yesterday when we went to the park I packed Leilani some yellow and green capsicum with avocado dip, some fresh blueberries, some puffed wholegrain corn and some organic sultanas. The lunch box was empty upon returning home! No fuss, no hiding fruits or vegies, minimal chopping involved, it was all healthy and it was all a novelty to her. You can’t get much easier than that!

So now, instead of letting Leilani getting hungry and asking me for junk, I just make sure I am organised in advance to prepare her a Bento Box filled with nutritious snacks that would be otherwise very unexciting in comparison to triple chocolate fudge cookies…

This works for grown ups as well – including yourself! Next time you prepare your same old boring lunch box, try using a few color coordinated contaiers, cut your fruit and veg and serve it in boxes along side with vegan dips and treats and see how it works for you. I bet you’ll be thinking about your lunch all morning…

Natalie Cunningham

Writter & Reviewer

Vegan Super Mum Columnist

My name is Natalie Cunningham and I am from Melbourne, Australia. I am a mum of two beautiful girls, Leilani and Malia and my husband is Robert. We are a vegan family – I have been vegan for over 10 years now, Robert for 3 years and our children have been vegan since birth. I am the vice president and one of the founders of Vegan Parents Australia – an organisation dedicated to bringing vegan families together for moral support and friendships and to mainstream veganism by dispelling the myths that it is dangerous for children to be vegan, and that it is in fact easy and healthy!

More about Natalie

Check out Natalie’s co-founded organization – Vegan Parents Australia

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