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Lunch box ideas

It is important to provide a balanced diet for your child. Nutrition is essential for your child to enjoy a great day at school.  Don’t ban any foods but control amounts.  Remember, children's food choices in their early years, can have an influence on their food habits in later life.  Use the EAT WELL PLATE below, quantity sections, as a guideline:

Why is bread important in our diet?

  • It provides us with energy
  • It is a great source of carbohydrate
  • It is low in fat and low in sugar

Ideas for children’s lunch boxes

It’s easy to slip into offering the same food every day. Try these healthy fillings in their sandwiches:

  • Chicken with low-fat dressing and salad
  • Grated cheese and pickle
  • Bacon, lettuce and tomato (BLT)
  • Tuna and tomato
  • Salmon and cucumber
  • Humus and red pepper

Make their lunch boxes interesting try including these choices:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit such as raisons, figs or prunes
  • Cheese cubes and crackers
  • Low fat yoghurt, custard or rice pudding
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Vegetables cut into sticks
  • Small pot of potato, pasta or rice salad
  • Hard boiled egg
  • Slice of fruit loaf or malt loaf


  • If you make sandwiches the night before, wrap them and keep them in the fridge overnight.
  • Put a mini soft drink in the freezer and add it frozen in the lunch box the following morning. It will keep the lunch box cool until lunchtime and be nice and cold to drink.
  • Sandwiches don’t have to be savoury try adding banana, berries or cut apples with low fat cheese.
  • Use less butter or margarine by buttering just one slice of bread .
  • Wholemeal bread contains more fibre.  To encourage your child to eat wholemeal make their sandwich one slice wholemeal and one slice white.

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