KidsJason Koppel

We give you all the tips and tricks you need to master the new school year as a family. From easy breakfast smoothie ideas for busy parents to easy iron uniforms and cool backpacks, come the new school term, your family will be transformed.

Fast and Nutritious Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and is especially important with little ones who need energy to stay alert and absorb all the information they’re being taught at school. Hunger has an impact on the ability to concentrate and making sure your children start the school day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast is key to their development.

If you’re in a rush, a superfood smoothie is a fantastic way to enjoy breakfast on the go. Blend up a handful of berries with a cup of milk for a delicious blast of goodness in the morning. For those with a sweet tooth, add a cup of almond milk to a blender with a spoonful of chocolate spread and half a chopped banana. Use the powerful Quest Nutri-Q Blender for smoothies and soups on the go.

If you wake up early and have enough time to prepare a family breakfast, use our handy stainless-steel egg poacher to make sunny side up eggs and soldiers. Add a handful of cherry tomatoes and slices of cucumber on the side for a fresh and filling breakfast before school.

For a delicious reward on Friday, switch up breakfast with pancakes and fresh fruit. Whip up a batch of pancakes using a pancake pan from Chef’s Choice and get creative with honey, chocolate spread, strawberries, bananas, and kiwi.

School Uniform Essentials

Don’t get caught short during the new school term with a lack of school uniform essentials. Socks have a funny way of going missing no matter how hard you try to keep track of them, so stock up before the new school term with boy’s white school socks and girls over the knee socks.

Make sure you have enough girl’s pleated school skirts, boy’s white long sleeved shirts and girl’s black trousers this September.

Packed Lunch Heaven

Master the school packed lunch by including delicious and creative snacks that the kids will love. For a healthy breaktime snack, pack apple slices with a peanut butter dip. The protein packed peanut butter will help keep hunger at bay. Or, instead of a packet of crisps, consider a trial mix of raisins, walnuts, chocolate drops, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and granola.

Jelly is another great snack for a child’s lunchbox and can also include fresh fruit. Using jelly cubes, make the jelly in the same way you would normally, but once the jelly cubes are dissolved in the water, add fresh fruit cut up into bite sized pieces. Consider apple chucks, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Pour into a small food storage container and refrigerate overnight. TJ Hughes have a fantastic range of children’s lunch boxes which provide small and large containers, so you can prepare delicious snacks for your children’s lunch at school. Choose from the My Little Pony 3 piece lunch box set, Paw Patrol lunch bag and even an Avengers inspired children’s lunch box.

For a drink with a difference, pack a homemade juice using Breville’s blender. This blender comes with a handy portable bottle, so you can blend a cup of water with fresh berries and lemon juice and simply secure the lid and pack in your child’s lunchbox or backpack.