School is nearly back, which means so are school lunches *collective groan*. Don’t fret – you can ease your way back into the school year and your school lunchbox routine with these super-savers! Thank us later.

The Collective Organic Suckies

Founded by two chefs, these yoghurt suckies are vegetarian friendly, gluten free, time-efficient, extremely portable and of course, incredibly tasty for the family. No, bull! They’re also not mass produced – the yoghurt is made in Australia with ingredients sourced directly from their local farms. Expect creamy, certified organic probiotic yoghurt blended with real fruit, all served in a portable patch with a child-friendly cap. They’re a great source of calcium with no added nasties (like yucky preservatives and stuff!). Not to mention, these guys support Australian recycling

Support recycling in Australia – The Collective have partnered with REDcycle Australia for a green disposal option for used and cleaned Suckies pouches. You can freeze ‘em in bulk and stick ‘em in your lunchbox – how easy is that?!

Buy them here: www.thecollectiveinoz.com.au

Coolpod freezable yoghurt pouches

It’s like your own portable mini fridge! These squeeze pouches will keep your yoghurt cool for up to eight hours – simply place the entire bag in the freezer overnight or for at least six hours, then, when ready for use, take your yoghurt from the fridge and place it in the cooler pouch, ensuring the velcro top is fastened securely. Easy as! Coolpod also have loads of other freezable products for every lunchbox essential, including lunch bags and yoghurt cooler bag (for tubs of yoghurt). All of these items are also available at Coles stores nationally, or you can go nuts on their website before back to school!

Get some here: www.coolpod.com.au

Cobs Popcorn

Looking for a healthy, easy snack to throw into your kids’ lunchboxes? Cobs Popcorn is your go-to! With so many different flavours – cheddar cheese and ‘Best Ever Butter’ are our personal favourites – and the added benefit of being gluten free and made from GM free ingredients, there’s a whole lot to love about Cobs popcorn!

Check them out here: www.cobspopcorn.com.au

Messy Monkeys

Messy Monkeys are aaaaaaall the rage (you might even recognise them from the Coles Mini collection) and for good reason – they’re super tasty, have no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, and are made from the nutrient powerhouses Sorghum and Quinoa. Plus, they’re pre-packaged so you can throw them in your kids’ school bag and send them out the door!

Learn more here: www.freedomfoods.com.au

Bliss balls

Bliss is the perfect way to describe these bite-sized balls of goodness! Sure, you can make your own bliss balls using an online recipe, but we’re talking time-saving, stress-free lunchbox solutions here – that’s why our kids never leave home without a Carman’s Bliss Ball in their lunchbox.

Check them out right here: www.carmanskitchen.com.au

Well Nourished Lunchbox and Sides eBook bundle

The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed eBook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily! With 150+ pages of recipes and healthy inspiration to suit all tastes and dietary requirements, you’ll never run out of lunchbox packing inspo. And, with the ‘Sides and Salads’ eBook you can bring more veg to the table (or the lunchbox!). It’s full of delicious, nourishing recipes to tempt even the most veggie fussy kids.

Buy yours here: www.wellnourished.com.au

Whole Kids

Whole Kids supply plenty of organic kids’ snacks, so a selection pack is the way to go if you’re looking for variety! Do it ‘lucky dip’ style or let your kids pick their faves – however you pack your lunchbox, you’ll know that your kids aren’t getting any artificial yuckies in their lunch with Whole Kids.

Head here for more: www.wholekids.com.au

Stuck on You sandwich holder

Keep your sandwiches fresh using Stuck on You’s handy BPA free sandwich bags! The insulated lining keeps the contents fresh, and the closure is easily opened by little fingers, so they can snack on the run. Not to mention, you can customise them with your little lad or lady’s name in the cutest designs (preventing fights over whose is who, and letting them get lost easily!)

Buy some here: www.stuckonyou.com.au

Stuck on You lunchbox

Bento boxes are all the rage, and these ones from Stuck on You are particularly cute! Bento boxes are such a good way to ensure your kids are getting a balanced, healthy lunch full of whole foods – they’re absolute essentials in our lunchbox packing routine. And, as with most of the items in Stuck on You’s range, you can customise it to say your child’s name!

Get yours here: www.stuckonyou.com.au

Skip Hop insulated food jars from Limetree Kids

These colourful stainless-steel containers keep kid-sized portions warm (for seven hours) or cold (for five hours), and even come with a handy spork attached! They’re easy for even the littlest of fingers to screw on and off if unattended and come in a variety of cute signature zoo characters. They’re also BPA-free and Phthalate-free, and hold 325mL. Genius.

Buy yours here: www.limetreekids.com.au

FunBites food cutter from Mini Hippo

Do your kids love their food cut into teeny tiny bite-sized pieces, but you’re soooooo sick of doing it over and over again? Enter, FunBites. These easy-to-use food cutters will cut your sandwich making time in half, but you don’t need to stop there – use them on cakes, brownies, fruit, pancakes, cheese, meat… you name it!

Get one here: www.minihippo.com.au

Anastasia White

Anastasia White

Anastasia (‘Anny’ to her friends and family, thanks to some nickname experimentation in year 4 that unfortunately stuck) is a born-and-bred Brisbanite with a love of coffee and her cat, Olive. Having recently finished a degree in journalism, Anastasia loves being able to learn and write about so many different topics for a variety of audiences.