Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas
So you’ve spent a small fortune on the new schoolbooks, uniforms, shoes and now it’s time to start thinking about those dreaded daily packed lunches. If you’re looking for some lunchbox inspo, check out our list below.
Always try to plan ahead and get those lunches ready the night before where possible. It’ll save so much hassle (and arguments) in the morning. Don’t forget to get the kids involved in prepping those lunchboxes. They’re more likely to eat what’s in them if they’ve been part of the process.
1) Sandwich fillings (using bread, crackers, bagels or pitta bread)
- ‘Homemade’ ham, grated cheddar cheese and piccalilli
- Hard boiled eggs mixed with a little mayo, salad cream, tomato and cress (great fun to grow!)
- Tuna or Tinned salmon mixed with a little mayo and cucumber
- Leftover roast chicken and sweetcorn mixed with a little mayo on homemade wholemeal soda bread
- Pitta bread or breadsticks with homemade hummus (yummy with carrot and cucumber sticks)
- Cheese and wholemeal crackers with a side portion of grapes
- Homemade wholemeal or fruit scones and jam
or cold leftovers
- Pasta and fresh herb pesto
- Marinated chicken drumsticks and salad
- Homemade pizza
- Slice of Tortilla
- Bean salad
- Couscous and roasted veg
or hot leftovers
- Homemade soup in a Thermos flask is a great lunch for older primary school children and the secondary school teenagers – just don’t forget the spoon!
2) Fruit or Veg
- Kids eat their lunch very quickly so make sure that it’s an apple, banana or plum that they can run out to the playground with, of if it’s an orange, try to have it peeled already.
- Chopped up veggies like carrot, pepper, cucumber or cherry tomatoes could be eaten at their desk at ‘little break’.
3) Healthy ‘treats’
- Fruit muffins
- Oatmeal Cookies
- Sugar free jelly
- Babybel cheese
- Small box of raisins
- Small pot of rice pudding
- Toasted seeds
- for more ‘treat’ ideas or for some after school snacks ideas, check out our blog post here.
- Preferably water or milk in a BPA free reusable bottle (don’t forget a small frozen ice block just to keep everything cool!)
Please be careful of sending any nut related products into school in case any of your children’s classmates suffer from allergies.
What do you like to put in your child’s lunchbox?