Top tips for healthy lunchbox eating
- Think about what your child likes to eat at home and try to translate that into a lunchbox option.
- Vegetables are often overlooked in the lunchbox. Try cutting up some carrot sticks or putting in a handful of cherry tomatoes.
- While the humble apple is a great lunchbox filler (sturdy and hard to squash), consider cutting softer fruit up and putting it into a smaller container for protection. Berries and kiwi fruit survive very well this way.
- Dairy can be hard to include, particularly in hot weather. If you can’t safely get a yoghurt into the lunch box, make sure you offer dairy when she comes home from school.
- Last night’s leftovers in a container with a small spoon can make a welcome change to the parade of endless sandwiches.
- Try putting together a small picnic in her lunchbox – slices of tomato, ham, grated carrot, grated cheese and some bread and butter - so she can build her own sandwich.
- Stick to water in the drink bottle – most juices are full of sugar and make the drink-bottle smelly. They also don’t do a very good job of quenching thirst.
- Homemade pikelets are a great snack – easy to make ahead of time, they’re filling and don’t require any extra toppings.
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