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| Nicole Mercieca

A Guide to Packing a Healthy Lunchbox

Life with kids can be hectic, with each day throwing new challenges your way. Packing a nutritious lunchbox for your child shouldn't be one of them. With some planning and creativity, you can quickly whip up a healthy lunchbox that will fuel their bodies and minds throughout the day.

If you're unsure how to pack a healthy lunchbox, take a look at our lunchbox ideas below.

Packing a Healthy Lunchbox

Ideally, a healthy lunchbox should contain a source of lean protein, whole grains, seasonal fruit or vegetables and an optional dairy item. Alongside a bottle of water, this combination of nutrients will help to keep your child's energy levels up, and their concentration focused.

Lean Protein:

  • Sliced chicken or turkey
  • Canned tuna
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Edamame
  • Hummus

Whole Grains:

  • Whole grain bread
  • Crackers
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Pasta

Fruit and Vegetables:

  • Seasonal fruit, like apples or oranges
  • Sliced veggies, like cucumbers or carrots
  • Mini sweet peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Side Salad

Dairy (optional):

  • Plain yoghurt
  • Cheese sticks
  • Milk boxes
  • Yoghurt drops

Healthy Lunchbox Snacks (for More Active Kids):

  • Whole grain granola bars
  • Dried fruit and nuts mix
  • Seeds
  • Unflavoured Popcorn

Now, we aren't saying that every lunchbox needs to contain all of the above. The most important thing is that your kid's lunchbox includes a balance of nutritious foods to help them get through the day.

And, of course, if you wish to add in a little treat every now and again, we won't stop you!

Top Tips for Packing a Balanced Lunchbox

  1. Get your kids involved in the lunchbox packing process. Let them choose their favourite foods and get them to help pack their own lunchboxes. Not only can this make the process easier for you, but it will also encourage them to eat healthier foods they enjoy.
  2. Take the stress off and prepare your healthy lunchbox snacks the night before!
  3. Get creative with your lunchbox fillings. Why not try cutting some items into cute shapes? Or, if your kids are bored of the same old sandwich fillings, mix things up with new and exciting combinations.
  4. Check with your child's nursery/school to see if they have specific food rules (such as being nut or sesame-free), as this may limit your lunchbox ideas.

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