Bubsandbeans | Lunchbox

Seven Sandwich free Lunchboxes.

by sarah 7. March 2016 17:40

I wrote before about how my school aged children have decided that sandwiches are so last year, so I have put together my Top Seven Sandwich free lunch ideas


Ham and Cheese sticks.

Ham and cheese sticks are great as they are not only a great source of protein, but are also a great source of dairy. You can also use chicken, turkey, or an other cold meat.


Meat wraps.  

Ham or turkey wraps are a great bread free alternative, all you do is replace the traditional wrap with a thick slice of turkey or ham. I find that a thicker slice works better as it is less likely to fall apart. We  normally fill ours up with lettuce, carrot and cheese.

3. Flat bread with Meat and Salad

If your children do not like traditional sandwiches however need the carbohydrates to fill them up, Flat bread is a great alternative. We normally pack ours with a collection of cheese and salad, Or a Dip.

4. Salad

My favorite lunch for myself is a nice Salad, with some added Meat for Protein. 

5. As a Treat I will pack the kids Pikelets with fresh fruit.

*Unfortunately their is no photos yet, so replace the Gingerbread with Pikelets and you get the idea :-) 



 6. Biscuits instead of Sandwiches.

A favorite in our house is to pack some Salada's or cruskits instead of a sandwich, this is great as its full of carbohydrates to fill them up for days they have sport on. Combine that with some Fresh meat and they kids will be loving it.



 7. Leftovers / Hot Food.

A great way to send your children to school and know that they will not be hungry is to send them to school with their own hot Lunch. Our children are often sent to school with leftovers. If I am cooking Rice or Pasta I always make sure I make enough for the children's Skiphop insulated Jar the next day.



 The Lunchbox that we use to pack these awesome sandwich free lunches are the Yumbox, a great Bento style lunchbox that is Leakproof, seals with one lid so great for all my children 2,3,8 and 10.


Our Insulated Jars are Skip Hop Insulated Jars, they keep food warm or cold. We often pack Jelly in Summer. :-) As a nice treat for afternoon tea.










The day i was dreading... Lunchtime blues.

by sarah 26. January 2016 19:39

 I knew the day was coming, I had seen the signs, the half finished lunches coming home. The unenthusiastic sighs in the morning, but i had hoped i had more time....

More time.... But no my time had run out at the tender age of 7 and 9 my children had decided they were over eating sandwiches.

Maybe it had been my fault, eating the same food for lunch 6 days a week obviously had got boring.... 

I tried to bluff my way through, turning sandwiches in to works of art, fancy sandwich cutters, intricate fillings, then they wouldn't be boring, they would eat them again.

Now that not only didnt work but did not give me more time, only less, as turning sandwiches into elephants, puzzles and dinosaurs don't give you more time, it is just more work, especially if they return uneaten anyway.

Now some might just say, too bad.... Make them sandwiches anyway, but what's the point if they don't eat it, they can't concentrate without food.


So what do you pack if your children don't like sandwiches...

At first it was cruskits, saladas with cheese. 

And then we got more creative... (Cue even easier)

We started packing a Skip-hop Insualted jar with our leftovers from the night before - whether that was fried rice, beef stroganoff, pasta bake, spaghetti bolognaise, pumpkin soup.

(To find out more about our insulated jars - http://bit.ly/1ZPCjqa )



 The kids loved it, and it made morning so much easier, but then summer came and hot foods started to loose their appeal, leftovers weren't so easy to eat the next day when they were salads and steak off the BBQ, and I didn't feel like cooking an extra hot meal in the 30 plus degree heat.

So the insulated jars were filled with jelly, custard, or sno-cones and I began to dread the lunchtime blues.

Thats when i realised that I didnt have to have the lunchtime blues, their were heaps of no sandwich healthy options for my children and me to eat at lunchtime.



Our Original yumbox came out and here are some of favorite no sandwich lunches.


Flat bread, cheese, cucumber, strawberries, craisins and (a treat) chocolate custard





Rice crackers, Fresh Ham, Carrot, Apple, watermelon and craisins.



Chicken Satay, Cucumber, Lettuce , Carrot, cucumber, mayo (we wrap all the food into the lettuce leaf) and make a Chicken satay sandwich with sandwich with no bread.




Turkey Roll, Watermelon, Kabana, Fresh berry salad, Grapes and Pineapple shaped cheese.




Ham and Cheese skewers, Cucumber, Carrot, Popcorn, Grapes and Mixed berries.





So if your children decide that Sandwiches are so 2015, don't despair there are heaps of no sandwich options you can try, check out www.instagram.com/bubsandbeans for inspiration as I post up photos of our mainly sandwich free lunches. , also search #Yumbox. 











Lunchbox | School related | Yumbox

Top tips for Back to school - It's all about food.

by sarah 16. January 2016 10:57

I don't know about you but I love School holidays, the thought of 6 weeks without the normal crazy rushing around, so you are still in your PJ's at 8am. No worries.

My big kids around to play with my two little ones, awesome.


But now school is fast approaching so I have put together my tips for starting back to School


It's all about Food.

Now you might think that the most important thing about school, is uniforms, learning etc.

No its Food, without the right food your little one won't be able to concentrate and learn.


It's not just about what food you pack, its also what you pack it in.


Now It doesn't matter if you have a fancy lunchbox or a basic container, the most important thing is, Can your child open it and close it themselves. Anytime we get a new lunchbox we trial it repeatedly before we use it. I still remember my Son's first day at kinder




How messy is the Food.

Sounds simple but how messy is the food, will your child be stuck wearing a sticky messy t-shirt all day as you packed them juicy watermelon and oranges and they still struggle to stay clean. Have you packed a chocolate cover biscuit that will melt in the warm climate. Will that Blueberry muffin stain their new Uniform.


Check your school food policy.


Our school is a nude food school, which means - no disposable packaging, yoghurt must be in reusable pouches, lunch boxes need to be bento style as we cant use glad wrap.

Our school is strictly No nuts - what does that mean to you, No peanut Butter or Nutella sandwiches, no nuts in your muesli bars.

Our school allows children to have "Brain Food"  during class in Prep. What is Brain Food? Fruit and Vegetables. Which means packing a separate "Brain Food" only lunchbox.


My Top three tips in the lead up to school.


1 - Don't try to many new foods in the first few weeks of school, for prep students everything is new, so whilst it might look awesome to try the great recipe ideas you see all over facebook, unless you know your child is going to eat it, don't. Start with the foods you know they love. Experiment on the weekends

2 - Practice makes perfect. In the week leading up to school starting pack their lunchbox everyday, that way you can be confident they know how to open their lunchbox, (glad wrap), reusable pouches, drink bottles.

3 -  Relax and enjoy, you are going to be packing lunches for the next 13 plus years depending on how many children you have, so relax, don't put to much expectations and pressure on yourself. If you want to spend hours each week making awesome Bento lunches, go for it, if you want to pack last nights leftovers in an insulated jar, as well as some snacks that's great. If you want to pack a traditional sandwich that's great too. As long as your child has enough healthy food that they will eat. That is all that matters.




To see our full back to school range head-over to the website 

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How can you fit a full sandwich in a yumbox (Original Style)?

by sarah 19. November 2015 09:03


We are huge fans of the yumbox in our house, and it has really made lunchtimes so much easier.

Every morning I pack 5 lunches, 1 for all the kids 2, 3, 8 and 10 ( and me of course) which means I am saving money, and also means no rushing around at 12 trying to work out what to feed my youngest two.

When I first bought them my two oldest had decided that they where over sandwiches, and after almost 5 years of sandwiches at school for the oldest she was happy for a change, so we where packing cruskits, (cut in half they fit perfectly in the original in the top long section), salada's etc. Then all of a sudden she decided that she wanted a vegemite sandwich. Now my first thought was simply that's ok she can swap with her sister and use the Panino, however whilst my kids are great at sharing some things, their prized possession the yumbox is not one of them.

So I tried around with a few ways to make a vegemite sandwich fit in her lunchbox and I found a very easy way.


Cut it into 3 sections, (1 long thin section two squares)



 The Sandwich then fits easily in two of the sections, which leaves you with four sections to fill with other yummy foods.





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5 Insulated lunchboxes that fit the Yumbox.

by sarah 15. August 2015 19:26

So you have decided to get a Yumbox, but now you need an insulated bag to keep all the awesome yoghurt, watermelon cold during the day.

At bubsandbeans we have put together a handy guide of 5 Insulated bags that fit the yumbox.

Now the Yumbox dimensions are 21.5cm x 16.5cm x 5cm


1. Skiphop Insulated lunchbags

These gorgeous Lunchbags are sized right for little kids, they have a top handle perfect for your kids to hold onto. A space inside for you to write your child's name.

There is enough space for a yumbox and a thin ice-brick. The inner mesh pocket is perfect to put utensils, or spare lunch money in.

Size (cm): 23l X 19h x 8.25cm

  2. Peppa Pig Insulated lunch bags

These gorgeous Peppa pig lunch bags will be a huge hit at your child's kinder.

Featuring a wipe-able lining for easy cleaning.



  3. Lunch happens Insulated Lunchbag

These come in two very cute designs, Owl or Monkey 

25.5cm x 19cm x 10cm

Featuring a wipe-able lining for easy cleaning, they have a handy zip on the bag that you can put your cutlery in. Also space to put a card in the bag with your children's contact details.




  4. Tinkerbelle Disney Fairies Lunch bag

If you want a lunch bag with space for it's own drink bottle then this is the perfect lunch bag for you. It comes with its own drink bottle.

It is a little bit larger than the previous bags so leaves room for a sinchies full of yoghurt and an ice brick.



  5. Penny Scallan Backpack Lunch bag

If you want a lunch bag to fit numerous yum boxes then this is the one for you.

It is easy to wipe clean, it comes with a backpack strap and a drink bottle holder.

Its has a Velcro closing lid and is thermal lined.

Made from 100% cotton canvas and is covered in scratch resistant coating.

Size W20 x H26 x 16cm

It comfortably fits 2 Yumboxes and an ice brick, however will fit with 3 without a ice brick.








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