Packed lunches need not be boring – get your kids excited with our lunch box ideas! With back-to-school looming ahead, we are sharing our inspiration for healthy lunchbox ideas that are quick and easy to prepare.
What is a healthy lunch box?
A healthy lunchbox should be based on the Eatwell Guide, aiming to contain something from each food group, including fruit and vegetables, starchy carbohydrates, dairy and protein from meat, fish eggs or beans.
Fruit and vegetables – a good source of a range of vitamins and minerals. Fruit is a great healthy way to add a sweet treat to a packed lunch.
Starchy carbohydrate – an important energy source with dietary fibre which aids digestion. Try to choose wholegrain varieties which will help your child feel fuller for longer.
Dairy – Milk, cheese and yogurt are great sources of protein and calcium which are both vital for the healthy growth in children. Daioni Organic Flavoured Milk is the perfect dairy choice for a healthy lunchbox with low fat and sugar content.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans – these are all good sources of protein which helps with growth and repair of the body.
It’s also important to remember that foods high in fat, salt and sugar should be eaten less often and it is recommended to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated.
Lunch Box Ideas
Hummus & Vegetable Sticks – This is the perfect way to help reach your child’s 5-a-day target. Cucumber, carrot and peppers are easy to cut up into sticks to include in a lunchbox or to snack on throughout the day.
Pitta pizzas – These are a quick and easy way to make your own pizzas. Your children can pick their own toppings making them ideal for any picky eaters!
Egg muffins – These egg muffins are a great protein source. You can batch cook this recipe to make enough to last the week. Check out our recipe here.