Litter Free Lunchbox Solutions – your essential back-to-school guide!

Litter Free Lunchbox Solutions

This article on Litter Free Lunchbox Solutions is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Sinchies.

One school trend that isn’t going anywhere is the trend for nude food, or a litter free lunchbox. Schools thankfully are doing their part to encourage a rubbish-free lunchbox, but even if your school isn’t on board with this, with Little Peeps Eats, there is so much you can do to get the trend going.Continue Reading →

Little Peeps Eats – Back to School Giveaway!

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Happy New Year!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas break with your families. Where on earth have the school holidays gone? This time of year is such a whirlwind, forgetting what day it is, where I’m supposed to be, and as for the date – I have no idea!

What I do know is that in just a few short weeks, school is back! And to celebrate, we are hosting an awesome giveaway 😀

BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY

To enter is EASY! Simply check out our post on Instagram and follow the steps, it takes less than 30 seconds!

My Squeeze Reusable Food Pouch
My Squeeze is a reusable food pouch/squeezie for babies and young children that can be filled with any squeezable snack of your choice.

They are a fabulous option for the kids lunchbox if you’d like to pack refreshing smoothies, yoghurts, custards, fruit slushies and more!

Prize thanks to Adventure Snacks


Lunch Punch Farm Pair

Lunch Punch
The Lunch Punch sandwich cutters transform boring sandwiches into fun lunches kids want to eat!

These sandwich cutters are taller than a cookie cutter to keep your sandwich light and fluffy, and specially designed to leave only the crust – minimising waste.

Winner can choose any design Lunch Punch from our available stock.

Prize thanks to Adventure Snacks


MontiiCo Lunch Bag

MontiiCo Insulated Lunch Bag
Feast your eyes on these cool bags! Made for all those with a craving for lunch time adventures. Take them far and wide, they can handle the Aussie heat! Plus, there’s no need to worry about lastability, these lunch bags are made from the raddest premium materials that have been fully tested for durability.
Winner can choose any design from stock available.
Prize thanks to Baby Bento.


Mini Monti Buttercup

MontiiCo Mini Drink Bottle
Mini Montii is the perfect playmate for those little hands that like to pick up and go. He’s got all the coolness of Mr Montii, we’ve just swapped the top for an easy-sip lid (#nospills) to keep your ragamuffins feeling fresh and your bag looking rad.
Winner can choose any colour from stock available.
Prize thanks to Baby Bento.


Blue Yumbox

Yumbox Original
Yumbox’s Original lunch box is an innovative bento box with cute 6 compartment design and a single leak-proof lid. Perfect way to provide a healthy packed school lunch, toddler meal, snacks and small adult meals.

Colour to be chosen at random by Bambino Love based on stock available.

Prize thanks to Bambino Love.


Girl fussy eater rejecting a salad

Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters

Meal planning helps to reduce our stress at mealtimes. When you have a fussy eater, meal planning is even more important as helping your fussy eater to try new foods is all about consistency and time. The more organised you can be at mealtimes, the easier it will be to help your fussy eater. In this brand new program “Meal Planning for Fussy Eaters Blueprint” you will discover the ideal way to serve foods to your fussy eater, how to structure meals to help your fussy eater to try new foods and uncover how to meal plan like a pro.

Prize thanks to Dr Jennifer Cohen.


Little People Nutrition Summer Family Menu

Summer Family Menu
This resource is designed to give families a simple and easy menu to follow for not only the children but the whole family. Eating home cooked food not only benefits your health nutritionally but also for the home family, emotionally.

You’ll have access to weekly recipes, plenty of lunchbox ideas, as well as food education activities (perfect for fussy eaters!).
PLUS… for those of you with little ones in childcare (or those of you that work in childcare!) you’ll also get access to the Childcare Menu!  Created to inspire and empower educators and childcare cooks to make the best choices in nutrition for their menus and extend their food education program. The menus are aligned with the Get up and Grow Guidelines.
Prize thanks to Little People Nutrition.


Masblox self feeding blocks

4 x Mashblox Self Feeding Blocks
Mashblox® supports best practice in infant feeding, by engaging them with good food, and allowing your children to feed themselves only as much as they need.  Fill Mashblox® with healthy foods of your choosing, and let their playful instincts and natural curiosity to explore with their hands and mouth do the rest.
Mashblox are super handy for school snacks to throw in some popcorn, nuts (if allowed) and other snacks as part of the school lunchbox!
Prize thanks to Mashbox.
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Munchbox

Munchbox

Make packing lunches easier and oh so much sweeter with a Munchbox of your choice!

Munchbox bento boxes make packing balanced and nutritious lunches easy!  Munchbox’s clever silicone seal system means food stays fresh, separate and contained within each compartment.

Winner can choose any size/colour Munchbox (snack/mid/maxi) from current stock exclthe mix and match box with the 2nd tray.
Prize thanks to Mikki & Me
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Go Green Lunchbox

Personalised Medium Go Green Lunchbox
The medium Go Green is the perfect size for school age kids, with 6 1/3 cup capacity. Great for any bento style lunches including liquid (yoghurt etc) as it is leak proof between the compartments.
Winner can choose any colour from available stock.  Includes personalisation with any name/text permanently marked on the lid.
Prize thanks to Name My Stuff
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Relive Nourish For Kids

1 x tin of Nourish for Kids
By the early teens, most children receive less than 50% of the RDI of key nutrients. Reliv Nourish for Kids bridges this nutritional gap with a broad base of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep growing bodies healthy, and to help boost energy and mental performance. Fortified with cell-protecting antioxidants, 5 grams of non-GMO whole bean soy, plus the “brain-building” nutrient Omega 3, one shake a day is all it takes.
Ideal for children ages 2–12.
Prize thanks to Reliv.
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Sinchies Litter Free Lunch Kit

Litter Free Lunch Kit
This complete litter free lunch kit has everything you need when packing lunches into insulated lunch bags.

All you have to do is choose which Top Spout pouches you would like and the rest of the products (sandwich, snack and wrap bags) will come in the NEW updated design!

Prize thanks to Sinchies.
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This giveaway is hosted by @littlepeepseats

This Competition will run from 13 January 2019 until 22 January 2019 (8.30 AEST) Winner will be randomly chosen and announced here by 24th January 2019. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. If winner does not claim within the 48hour timeframe a new winner will be randomly chosen. Private pages must be made public during the 24hours after comp closing so we can check your entry.

Please note that this giveaway is in no way affiliated, endorsed, associated or sponsored by Instagram. By entering our giveaway, you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age and you release Instagram of any and all responsibility and agree to the terms in use. Open to Australian residents only. ***DISCLAIMER-VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. ** .

Healthy Smoothies for Kids – the perfect Lunchbox snack!

healthy smoothies for kids

This article on Healthy Smoothies for Kids is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Bambino Love.

Every parent knows the struggle of getting their kids to eat healthily. To make life easier for mums and dads, I have put together some recipes for healthy smoothies for kids. These recipes have fast become of our favourite new lunchbox inclusions!

Healthy Smoothies for Kids – the perfect Lunchbox snack!

The fresh fruit and vegetables we have on offer in Australia is just wonderful, and makes us the envy of the rest of the world.

We all know that our kids need to eat fruit and veggies every day to get the vitamins and minerals that they need, but getting them to eat their apple or carrot sticks is not that easy.

So many of us have diligently add fruit and veggies into the lunchbox every morning, only to have it come back warm, sweaty and bruised at the end of the day.

The answer to getting your kids to enjoy their fruit and vegetables is in attractive presentation. The flavours of healthy whole foods are incredible, but for some reason, there are many kids just that just don’t like Mother Nature’s packaging.

Healthy Smoothies for Kids – Simple and Delicious

I have started to make my kids’ smoothies at home and been astonished by how much the boys love them. I love to pour freshly made smoothies into our Squeasy Snackers, to make them easily packable and transportable, making smoothies a great option for lunch boxes, car trips, days out and anything else you and your little ones might be getting up to.

As a snack while out, one of these kids’ smoothies gives them the energy boost they need, but in a lovely slow release form, rather than the hit they get from high sugar snacks. You won’t have to deal with the resulting sugar crash and your kids will be much more pleasant and alert for the rest of the day.

The variety in smoothies means that your kids won’t get bored with the same lunchbox ideas over and over again. They will open their lunchbox to a delicious surprise every day.

Parents don’t mind paying a little more for good quality products that are healthy for our kids and make life easier in general – this product is one that will absolutely make your life simpler. If you are looking for variation in your lunchbox ideas, you will love this.

Your teachers will be thanking you, and asking you to give these recipes to the other school parents.

Squeasy Snackers – why you need these in your life!

squeasy gear healthy smoothies for kids

I love the Squeasy Snacker for a bunch of reasons. They are super simple to get the smoothies into because of the wide opening, and also easy to wash and dishwasher safe.

One of the biggest problems with any sippy product for children is the bacteria that can build up in the spout if you can’t wash them properly – I have gotten sick of throwing out cheaper sippy cups and drink bottles because they became so grotty inside and couldn’t be cleaned.

The Squeasy Snacker comes apart and cleans thoroughly, which is one of the biggest concerns with sending smoothies to school in the lunchbox (especially with milk in them).

They are also freezer safe, so convenient to make ahead of time, I’ll grab from the freezer in the morning and find it’s perfectly defrosted by morning tea time

We love to take them in the car as there is really no risk of spillage!

They are tough and durable as well – with my two boys and continual use over the last 12 months they still hold up beautifully and are in great condition.

I’ve found two lunchboxes that they seem to fit in just perfectly, the OmieBox and Go Green Lunch Box.

They come in three different sizes.  The 3.5 oz are the perfect size for a serving of yoghurt, and the 6oz are just perfect for smoothies, milkshakes, etc!
Use code LOVELPE to save 10% on on all products (including the Squeasy Snacker!) at Bambino Love!

Want to win your own Squeasy Snacker?

It’s easy!  Simply join our Fussy Eating Tips, Recipes & Lunchbox Ideas Facebook group for all the details! There are two sets of 3.5 oz and 6 oz Squeasy Snackers to be won.  Huge thanks to our great friends at Bambino Love for the awesome prize, just in time for back-to-school!

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Notes on my Kids Smoothies

The other awesome product you will need when making healthy smoothies for kids is a blender of some kind.

You don’t need a bullet blender or juicer specifically, a regular stand blender, or even a stick blender will do. But once you start making these, your blender will become one of your most reliable kitchen appliances, so this will be money well-invested, I assure you.

With most of the recipes below just throw everything into the blender and blitz until you are happy. If they are too thick add a little water to juices or milk to smoothies to thin them out.

Feel free to substitute the milks listed to whatever milk or milk substitute you enjoy such as almond, soy, rice, almond, lactose-free etc. Coconut water usually works well in a refreshing smoothie!

Healthy Smoothies for Kids – My favourite recipes!

Sunshine Orange Smoothie

Packed with Vitamin C, this creamy Sunshine Orange Smoothie recipe will put a spring in your step come rain or shine!  We love to have this for breakfast on a warm summer’s day!

Grab the recipe from My Fussy Eater here.

Dairy free chocolate smoothie

I wouldn’t have thought a chocolate smoothie could be so delicious and yet be sugar free! This vegan and nut free recipe is a wonderful option for children that may have related intolerances or allergies. A fabulous option at any time on a hot summers day!

Grab the recipe from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox here.

A Green Smoothie that is not Green

Did you know that berries can do an amazing job of hiding green veggies in smoothies?  I certainly didn’t before discovering this amazing smoothie.  Yup… the image of the purple smoothie above contains both broccoli and cucumber, and teamed up with other tasty ingredients it is bloody delicious!   Both my boys have given it the thumbs up!

Grab the Recipe from My Kids Lick The Bowl here.

Healthy Smoothie Freakshake

freakshake healthy smoothies for kids

Who ever said smoothies can’t be fun?  To achieve something like this, I’ve typically had to take the kids to a cafe and request a sugar laden milkshake.  We are happy to do these things once in a while, but if I can recreate something at home thats equally fun and delicious – for a whole lot less sugar, it gets extra points from me!

Grab the recipe from Eats Amazing here.

Very Berry & Beetroot ‘Super Smoothie’

Beetroot Berry healthy smoothies for kids

They don’t call this a Super Smoothie for nothing.  With super foods included that are really high in nutritional value such as beetroot, spinach and chia seeds – it will give your kiddos an instant nutritional boost!

Grab the recipe from Baby Led Feeding here.

PBJ Smoothie – Peanut Butter, Raspberry and Banana

pbj healthy smoothies for kids

I had my kids won over at the mere mention of peanut butter!  Inspired by the classic sandwich filling, this flavour combination will have your kids coming back for more!

Grab the recipe from Sneaky Veg here.

Avocado Blueberry Smoothie

Avocados are a fabulous creamy addition to smoothies, packed with heart-healthy fats. It pairs beautifully with blueberries, making this smoothie an absolute winner!

Grab the recipe from The Lemon Bowl here.

Peach Carrot Smoothie

Did you know that there are actually more nutrients in raw veggies? For this reason, I love to add them to my smoothies! If you are hesitant about trying carrot in a smoothie – don’t be. The sweet peach camouflages the raw flavour of the carrot, and it one of my boys absolute favourites.

Grab the recipe from Primavera Kitchen here.

Razzle Dazzle

Th Razzle Dazzle has a sweet-tart flavour, and the combination of raspberries, mango and pineapple truly make this the ultimate summer smoothie!

Grab the recipe from Delish here.

Apple Smoothie

If there’s one thing my boys will always eat, it’s apple! As soon as I spotted this recipe I had a feeling it would be a winner with the kiddos, and it was. The simple blend of apple, milk, yogurt, almond and honey is a delicious blend much enjoyed by our whole family.

Grab the recipe from Food Viva here.

Hidden Veggie Smoothies

Attention parents of fussy eaters!! Hidden veggie smoothies are a wonderful option to increase nutrition in your kids diet. There area number of winning combination here that we’ve enjoyed experimenting with.

Grab the recipes from Yummy Toddler Food here.

Strawberry Quinoa Smoothie

The sweetness of strawberries makes this one naturally popular with the kiddos. I love that it contains quinoa flakes and chia seeds, which really boost the nutritional profile.

Grab the recipe from Kidspot here.

We hope you enjoyed reading all about our favourite healthy smoothies for kids.  If you are looking for some lunchbox inspiration, you may be interested in our recent review of the OmieBox.  Is it really the holy grail of lunchboxes?  Check out our thoughts here!

Rachel Cassidy - Owner, Little Peeps Eats

Rachel Cassidy is the author of this article and the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  

Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionistsresources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

The 2018 Little Peeps Eats Christmas Edit

kids christmas recipes

Are you looking for kid approved festive recipes, as well as grabbing a bargain on some practical but FUN Christmas gifts?

Our Christmas Editorial is full of tasty kids Christmas recipes that the kiddos will just love to help you make, and some bargains on stocking fillers your little peeps are bound to love, from all of our favourite Little Peeps Eats featured businesses.

We’ve also got a pretty sweet giveaway on kids books & knife – a great prize for any budding chef!

Use promo code LPEXMAS18 to shop all the offers below!

All offers valid until 12 December to allow time for Christmas delivery (unless noted otherwise).Continue Reading →

10 of the best wooden toys for kids this Christmas – and why you need to buy them!

Jungle House Wooden Toys for Kids

This article ’10 of the best wooden toys for kids this Christmas’ is a collaboration between Kind to Kidz and Little Peeps Eats.

If you are looking for something a bit different, that you know will last, and looks gorgeous in any child’s room or nursery décor, wooden toys are your best bet. This article may be called the best wooden toys for kids this Christmas, but in truth, wooden toys for kids are awesome any time of year.Continue Reading →

Seven Cool Recipes to Flavour Natural Yoghurt for Kids

girl eating flavour natural yoghurt

This article ‘Seven cool recipes to favour natural yoghurt for kids’ is a collaboration between Sinchies and Little Peeps Eats.

One of the first and most convenient snack foods we can give our kids is yoghurt. Starting from six months of age, the yummy flavour and easy texture make it a simple and healthy option. Here are some of my favourite recipes to flavour  natural yoghurt for kids, from baby and beyond!Continue Reading →

Easy ways to help your child meet their nutritional requirements right away!

Kids Nutrition Girl holding apples on her eyes

This article on kids nutrition is a collaboration between Reliv ANZ and Little Peeps Eats.

Problem eating can result in a number of different childhood problems including obesity, poor bone strength, lack of energy, digestive issues and more. I’ve collected my favourite kids’ nutrition tips to help you make sure your child is eating well.Continue Reading →

Playful ways to help Picky Eaters – No more mealtime battles!

Playful ways to help picky eaters

This article ‘Playful tips to help Picky Eaters’ is a collaboration between Little Peeps Eats and Kind to Kidz.

Wouldn’t it be great if dinner could be a relaxed and fun time for your family instead of a nightly battle?  It can be! Check out our list below of handy ways to tempt picky-eaters and maintain peace and sanity all at the same time.Continue Reading →

Foolproof baby led weaning recipes + essential tips for getting started!

baby led weaning recipes ezpz

This article ‘Foolproof baby led weaning recipes + essential tips for getting started!’ is a collaboration between ezpz Australia and Little Peeps Eats.

When it comes to learning how to feed you baby, there is a minefield of information out there.  I remember feeling  completely overwhelmed by it all with my first.  To make this process easier for you – I’ve included my hot tips to make the process easier for you, my favourite baby led weaning recipes, and other useful information.

Let’s start from when it all begins.  When your baby is six months of age, they are likely now ready to start solid foods and move on from a diet that is made up entirely of breastmilk or formula. Solid foods are introduced gradually so that your baby gets used both to eating and to processing each type of food. There are two main methods of teaching your baby to eat; baby led weaning and parent led weaning.Continue Reading →

Essential guide to preparing meals for picky eaters

meals for picky eaters

This article ‘Essential Guide to preparing meals for picky eaters’ is a collaboration between Emondo Kids and Little Peeps Eats.

Serving meals to picky eaters can be a huge source of frustration for many families.  There is something truly deflating about serving up a delicious home cooked meal to your family, only to have it completely rejected.  I’ve been there.  I think most mums have, right?

Both of my boys have been through stages of picky eating, and during these times there has been much trial and error, seeking advice from experts, and learning on the go.

Our mealtimes are much calmer now, and actually enjoyable for our family.  I’d love to share with you all of the things that I’ve implemented that have been a game changer to our mealtimes.Continue Reading →