Back to school

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There will be a few parents out there who secretly breathe a collective sigh of relief now that the school holidays are almost over. However lovely it is having children rushing around the house all summer, when the leaves begin to turn and September starts there is the chance of a bit of respite from play dates, swimming classes and dragging your little ones around the supermarket.

Once you’ve bought them all their new stationary, got them to agree to a pair of school shoes and navigated the minefield that is the latest school bag, the only loose end to tie up is what packed lunch to send them in with.

Sandwiches can get a little boring, so why not make something a bit different like stuffed Pitta Pockets to mix things up? We’ve filled these with cheese and apple but you can pop anything in them that your kids will enjoy.

If you don’t want to make them sarnies or they’re getting a bit bored of the same old fare whip up some Paper Wrapped Quiches for their lunchboxes, they’ll have fun unwrapping them and all their friends will want one! Little do they know you might have ‘hidden’ vegetables in there.

For some healthy snacks chop up some veg and make some Sweet Pepper Houmous as an alternative to crisps. Try spring onions or broccoli as an alternative to carrots or cucumber.

Send them off with lots of water to drink but pack a Berry Crush Smoothie in there too for them to have at break time. You could buy some plain plastic bottles and get the kids to decorate their own. Just rinse them out at the end of the day ready for refilling!

Finally, don’t forget pudding and after all that healthy food they deserve a little treat. Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing are perfect and look ever so pretty.

Then get yourself a cup of tea and just relax for ten minutes when you hear the school bus leave.

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