Healthy lunchbox inspiration

Did you know that children will consume more than a third of their daily food intake while at school? Packing them healthy lunches is critical for their everyday health and it will also help them to concentrate and learn.

4 parts to a healthy lunchbox

1. Main item - sandwich/wrap/roll, pasta with vegetables, soup, frittata or sushi.
2. Fruit or vegetable snack - whole fruit, cut up veggie sticks, canned fruit in natural juice, a small salad
3. Second snack - yoghurt, grainy crackers with cheese, plain popcorn, a slice of raisin bread, a wholemeal fruit muffin, a boiled egg or a can of tuna.
4. Something to drink - a bottle of tap water is best, and plain UHT milk can be great too.

Lunchbox inspiration

Mix and match from the following lunchbox combinations to provide healthy lunches your child will be excited to eat.

Lunchbox 1

  • Fruit in season
  • Boiled egg
  • Vegetables with natural yoghurt
  • Pita bread, filled with salad vegetables or tabouli and lean rissoles
  • Water

Lunchbox 2

  • Wholemeal pikelets
  • Frozen UHT reduced fat milk 125mL
  • Vegetarian pizza or a sandwich
  • Vegetable pack
  • Fruit salad
  • Reduced fat yoghurt

Lunchbox 3

  • Fruit in season
  • Egg, lettuce, tomato, cheese multigrain sandwich
  • Vegetable sticks
  • Slice of fruit bread
  • Dried fruit and nuts**
  • Frozen UHT reduced fat milk 125mL

Lunchbox 4

  • Fruit in season
  • Bread roll filled with vegetables, cheese and a slice of lean roast beef
  • Reduced fat yoghurt
  • Grapes
  • Water

Packing a healthy lunchbox

** While nuts are a nutritious inclusion, it is recommended that you consult your school regarding anaphylactic or nut allergy policies.

Content used with permission from Nutrition Australia as part of Healthy Lunchbox Week