When planning a healthy, tasty lunch box, variety is key.

Here are some simple steps to help you keep your child happy and healthy at school.

Step 1 – Choose a lunchbox with compartments so it allows space for various options, with just a little bit of thought, it is a visual treat too!

Step 2 – Keep the food stored at the correct temperature with a small ice pack or frozen yoghurt pouch or juice box.

Step 3 – Protein will ensure a nice full tummy so include foods such as shredded chicken, sliced ham, hard boiled eggs, tuna, whole grain pasta, and edamame. Mix it up with some salad items and a touch of mayo.

Step 4 – There are so many alternatives to sliced bread – try pita bread, English muffins, flatbread, corn chips to add variety.

Step 5 – Cheese and biscuits are always well received. Sliced cheddar or Laughing Cow cream cheese wedges with a selection of crackers will impress even the fussiest eater.

Step 6 – Include lots of seasonal fruit and raw veggies – berries, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, baby carrots, sliced cucumber, grapes are all great summer choices. Include a small tub of hummus or cream cheese.


Some extra things to note:

  • Make sure you check with the school to see if there are any peanut or food restrictions in place
  • Get your child involved. If they choose it, they are more likely to eat it!
  • Last night’s leftovers can also taste great the next day – even if they are served cold.