School free vegan snacks – child approved!
One of the biggest challenges I’ve had since deciding to go vegan is the school lunchbox. Like most (if not all) schools in the UK, our school is a nut free zone. However, since going vegan, lots of our snacks are based on nuts – bombay mix, nut butters, roast nuts and so on.
We’re quite simple when it comes to lunchboxes, mostly because in the mornings I am too tired to whip up the fancy sort of thing you might usually find on Pinterest. I usually don’t allow myself time for a cuppa until after I get back from school, so our lunchboxes are simple enough to put together in the early morning daze.
Each lunchbox gets a small main (half a sandwich usually for my 6 and 7 year old), some savoury finger food, a fruit or vegetable and one sweet treat. This gives plenty of variety while still being small enough for young tums! Read on to find out how to create the perfect vegan lunchbox for kids:
Vegan lunchbox mains
Houmous. Houmous with pitta. Houmous in cucumber sandwiches. Houmous with everything (until the kids get tired of it and you have to stop buying it for a few months).
“Egg” mayo sarnies – my recipe is a household favourite!
Yeast extract sarnies. It’s one of the best vegan sources of vitamin b12. If your child will eat it, let there be Marmite! (or, the tastier supermarket’s own brand. Looking at you, Tesco!)
Jam sandwiches for an occasional treat
Quorn slices – make sure that you’re grabbing vegan ones!
Pesto pasta (using a nut free, vegan pesto – Sacla’s is amazing)
Rice, couscous or quinoa salad.
Vegan finger food for lunchboxes
Our sandwich boxes almost always consist of half a sandwich and some savoury finger food. Before I started giving them half a sandwich they would waste so much – almost half would come back uneaten. Since I started giving them more variety in their lunchboxes? No waste! I’d usually put in one or two of these items.
- Sausage roll – Tesco’s own veggie sausage rolls are vegan and great value
- Mini sausages – Linda McCartney is your friend here
- Sweetcorn fritters
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Fruit or vegetables
This may seem like a little bit of a cop-out, but I firmly believe that every lunchbox should have at least one fruit or vegetable in it that hasn’t been fried, mashed or otherwise messed with. Our favourites are:
I’ve seen people eating raw broccoli on the internet, and if that’s your bag, great. My kids though? I just don’t see that happening. They love roast broccoli, but I doubt they’d have it raw! (EDIT: I have since tried them with it and the result is a resounding NO. That said, raw broccoli is my new favourite snack!)
Vegan lunchbox treats
Dark chocolate – my sons love it, lots of little ones don’t. Give it a try and see what they think. Shane loves to have a single square of dark chocolate wrapped in a mini wax wrap from his old jammies 🙂
Plant based yoghurt. There are many types out there, most of them are soya based. There are loads of delicious flavours to choose from. You’re bound to find a flavour your children love!
Biscuits, biscuits and more biscuits! There are so many accidentally vegan biscuits out there. Oreos, Foxes Party Rings and Lotus biscuits are my favourites. Bourbons are often vegan too, as used in my spooky biscuit ghost recipe.
What lunchbox staples do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!