4 easy and nutritious back to busy lunch ideas for the whole family

Heading back to work – or school? As you settle back into regular routines, feeling energised and switched on is likely top of mind. And having a rotation of nourishing, feel-good recipes to keep you fuelled is a terrific way to set yourself up for success.

Whether you’re after...

  • Quick & easy
  • Nutritious & delicious
  • Family approved
  • A healthy brain boost
  • Versatility
  • A buzz of energy

We’ve got you – and your household covered. Ready to stay nourished? Let’s dig into 4 of my favourite ‘back to busy’, healthy snack fillers.

1. Nutty rice crispy treats

Nutty rice crispy treats served on white plate

For a wholesome take on the traditional kid classic, this refined sugar free – and dairy free, recipe is a satisfying, sweet treat for every lunchbox. From gooey nut butter to rice syrup and hemp seeds – your body will be buzzing with goodness after each bite.



  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients with dry, mixing gently with a rubber spatula.
  4. Gently press into a lined Swiss loaf pan and let set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Cut into pieces and enjoy, can be stored in the fridge or in the freezer.

Makes: 12 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Set time: 20 minutes

2. Protein-packed chickpea blondies

Fresh collagen chickpea brownies placed on table with ingredients

With common household ingredients, you’ll appreciate this wallet-friendly, easy recipe – and so will your tastebuds too. Whether you’re looking to boost your protein intake or create a filling, satisfying snack, these decadent blondies are here to nourish your day.


Note: If you're vegan, simply use ground flaxseed as an egg replacer and omit the collagen powder from this recipe.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ and line a 20x20 cm baking tin with baking paper
  2. Add all the ingredients (except the chocolate) into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chunks - reserving some for the top.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking tray, top with the remaining chocolate and bake for 20 minutes until golden on the edges.
  5. Enjoy warm or store in a container for up to 3 days.

Makes: 9 servings | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes

3. Superfood rainbow energy balls

Superfood rainbow energy balls

Daily energy boost? Right this way. These colourful, nutritious bites are a great option when you’re switching back into work (or school) mode and need an extra oomph in your day. Supercharged with superfoods like goji, barley grass and hemp for extra nutrition and antioxidants – stay fuelled with this time-saving treat, ready in just 15 short minutes.


Flavour variations:

Goji and lemon

Blackcurrant and sunflower seeds

Barley grass, hemp and banana


  1. To make the base mix, add the oats to a food processor and blitz into a fine crumb. Remove from the blender and set aside.
  2. De-seed the dates and add them to the food processor until they form a sticky paste (if using dried dates soak them in warm water until soft before processing). Break up the date paste with your hands and add it back into the blender.
  3. Add half of the desiccated coconut to the food processor with the dates and blend until the dates are well distributed throughout the coconut.
  4. Add date coconut mixture into a bowl and combine with LSA/almond meal, the remaining desiccated coconut and the oat crumb. Mix well.
  5. To make the different flavour variations, divide up your base mixture into separate bowls and add in additional nuts, seeds, fruit, fruit juice and nut seed butters.
  6. Roll each mixture into balls. Then, store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 7 days (or freeze and defrost before enjoying).

Makes: Each batch makes approx 8 balls | Prep time: 15 minutes

4. Savoury superfood waffle bites

freshly cooked savoury superfood waffle bites made with nutritious ingredients from HealthPost

Whether you’re looking to switch up your usual morning brekkie or fuel your day with an energising, nutrient-packed snack – you can’t go wrong with this delicious recipe. Loaded with whole foods like zucchini, chia seeds and barley grass for a buzz of energy, and savoury yeast flakes for that undeniable cheesy flavour, these bites are sure to be a household favourite.



Mix chia seeds with water and let them soak until they form a gel-like consistency.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked rice, zucchini, soaked chia seeds, rice flour, savoury yeast flakes, barley grass powder, and freshly chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Mix until well combined, and the mixture is slightly sticky. If the mixture is too dry, add a little oil or water until it comes together.

Heat the waffle maker on high heat and brush it with olive oil. Place 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture onto the hotplate and cook until the waffle is crispy.

Serve with your favourite sauces and toppings (avocado, pickled veggies, poached eggs...) or pop them into your lunchbox for days when you’re on the move. Enjoy!

Makes: 10 small waffles | Prep time: 10 minutes | Set time: 10 minutes

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