Healthy Lunchboxes

Lunch boxes should be made up of five basic categories:
  1. Dairy
  2. Starch & Protein
  3. Diluted fruit juice and/or water
  4. Vegetables or salad
  5. Fruit


  • Don’t forget that children must eat breakfast every day. No lunchbox will make up for the energy they’ve missed from this important meal. 
  • Pack lunch in a cooler bag with an ice pack to keep food fresh and safe. 
  • Try to pack food items that have different colours – a colourful combination is fun and appealing. 
  • If you have time, experiment with cutting food into different shapes. 
  • Buy little plastic containers for smaller bits to keep things tidy. Make sure to mark these containers with your kids’ initials. 
  • Many children are resistant to eating wholewheat or high fibre breads.  Choose bread that provides as much fibre as possible and explain to them that fibre means healthy tummies.  There are breads on the market that have added fibre, without the kernels and seeds, and these can be used as an alternative. 
  • Although fruit juices are depicted in these images, they are high in natural sugar, and so it is best to dilute them with water.  Children do, however, use up a lot of energy, so 100% fruit juice would be suitable for an afternoon activity.  Encourage them to drink water, and give them an extra water bottle to take with to school if possible.

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