A lot of neurodivergents struggle with food, especially what to put in the lunch-box, for both kids and adults. I often recommend smoothies, they are easy to make, and it's easy to hide nutritious stuff in them.
Kmart has some great deals for insulated drink bottles, that will keep these treats cool all day, even in Queensland.
Think about always adding: fibre, protein and good fats. These three are the building blocks of healthy blood sugar, and sustained energy. A lot of ND people get overwhelmed by school and work, and I think a lot of that is due to them being hungry or having wonky blood sugar. Because kids struggle to sit still and eat, or we adults find it hard to feed ourselves. So we eat too many snacks, and nothing that actually gives us sustained energy.
The sneaky smoothie, that you can make up, in an insulated water bottle, and your child can drink in the classroom (or at your desk at work). That way the risk of FOMO at playtime is much lower, and they still get all those nutrients.
My boys love:
1/4 cup frozen berries
300ml milk or substitute
2 tsps peanut butter or almond butter
2 tsps cacao powder
1/2 - 1 scoop of protein depending on age
I recommend www.bulknutrients.com.au - they have great clean protein powders.
Whey concentrate is great unless you’re dairy intolerant, then collagen is a great alternative. I should buy shares, because I recommend them to everyone.
Other things I like putting in the smoothies are: avocado, spinach, zucchini (makes it really creamy) frozen mango, blended nuts, vanilla, cinnamon, a shot of coffee.
1/4 cup frozen cherries
300ml macadamia milk
2tsps almond butter
1 scoop protein
The coffee lover:
1-2 shots of coffee
2 tsps peanut butter
300ml of your favourite milk
1 scoop protein