Lunch Box Ideas

Ten Top Healthy Lunch Box Tips

  1. Base the main part of the lunch on starchy foods like bread, cereal, rice, pasta or potatoes.
  2. Get creative with some alternatives to sandwiches, for example, wholemeal pitta pockets, tortilla wraps or pasta salad.
  3. Include some protein such as lean meat, chicken, tuna, ham, cheese, egg or hummous.
  4. Aim to have at least one fruit or vegetable based food or drink in the lunch box to count towards your child’s five fruit and vegetable portions a day.
  5. Children need to eat regularly to maintain energy levels, so don’t forget to include a snack. This might include a treat such as a piece of fruit, crackers with cheese, a biscuit, yogurt, samosa, chapatti, a scone or fruit bun.
  6. Add a portion of semi-skimmed milk or other dairy food such as cheese or fromage frais.
  7. Fluids are an important part of a child’s diet. Try a variety of different drinks such as a carton of fruit juice, water, yogurt or milk drink.
  8. Try the mini-sized versions of your child’s favourite foods – a healthy lunch box does not mean giving up all the foods children enjoy.
  9. Check out the Guideline Daily Amount (GDAs) information on the front of many food products and experiment with some different choices.

10. Pop a cool pack or a frozen drink in the lunch box to keep it cool and remember to wash hands before preparing and eating food.

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Five Day Lunch Planner

If you’re running out of lunchbox ideas, our handy 5-day planner is here to make life easier – and ensure you send your kids off with a tasty lunch every day of the week.

Fill their lunchbox with…

Monday

· An egg mayonnaise and lettuce sandwich, made with wholemeal bread

· A handful of cherry tomatoes

· A Fairtrade banana

· A pouch of  Fromage Frais

· A carton of Juicy Water

Tuesday

· Two small wholemeal rolls

· A few little chunks of cheese

· Some carrot sticks

· A few cherry tomatoes

· A Mini Crispy Cereal Bar

· A pot of Fruity Fromage Frais

· A carton of Juicy Water

Wednesday

· Two mini pittas filled with sliced ham, tomatoes and cucumber

· A handful of sugar snap peas

· A Fromage Frais Funnel

· Some red and white grapes

·  A bottle of Strawberry Flavoured Milk

Thursday

· A soft tortilla wrap filled with chicken tikka fillets, lettuce and some natural yogurt

· A few slices of cucumber

· A  pear

· A bottle of  Caledonian Mineral Water

Friday

· A bagel filled with soft cheese, sliced tomato and lettuce

· Some sliced pepper

· An apple

· A fruit yogurt

· A bottle of  Still Juice Drink with Omega 3