Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Lunch should supply approximately one third of the daily energy requirements your child needs, as well as a third of protein, carbohydrate, fats, fibre, vitamins and minerals:

Try to include:

  • One protein rich food such as fish, meat, eggs, poultry, tofu, pulses/beans or houmous
  • One carbohydrate food such as wholemeal or granary bread, pasta, oatcakes or rice. Try wholemeal/brown ‘complex’ carbohydrates as they release sugar much slower to help give children sustained energy
  • One preferably two portions of fresh fruit or dried fruit
  • One dairy food or calcium rich food such as cheese, yogurt, milk
  • One portion of salad or vegetables such as carrot sticks, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, or a good amount of salad in a sandwich 
  • 200-300ml of water or unsweetened fruit juice

Choose one from this list:

  • Wholemeal pittas with grated cheese and tomato or soft cheese and cucumber
  • Wholemeal sandwiches with tuna, mayo and cucumber
  • Wholemeal or white pasta twirls with tomato and vegetable sauce
  • Brown/white rice salad with tinned salmon, tomatoes, cucumber & spring onion
  • Homemade soup in flask and wholemeal or granary roll
  • Small pot of houmous with wholemeal/white pitta, oatcakes or breadsticks and chopped cucumber, peppers, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes
  • Tinned tuna/salmon or chicken or egg salad with lots of crunchy vegetables
  • Tortilla wraps with avocado and chicken salad or any of the above fillings
  • Chicken drumstick with crunchy salad (peppers, carrots, lettuce, cherry tomatoes)

Choose two from this list (preferably one or two fruit and one vegetable):

  • Fresh fruit salad (minimum 3 different pieces)
  • Two pieces of whole fruit – try smaller sized
  • One portion of dried fruit and one fresh fruit
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Raw carrot sticks
  • Cucumber stick
  • Celery sticks

Calcium rich foods:

  • Cheese cubes
  • Natural yoghurt with fresh fruit to add in
  • Fruit yoghurt
  • Small carton of milk

Healthier Extras/Snacks:

  • Flapjack with seeds and dried fruit
  • Small pack of dried fruit
  • Plain popcorn
  • Rice cakes (plain or flavoured)
  • Blueberry or fruit muffin
  • Mini oatcakes with houmous
  • Boiled egg (children like to shell them themselves)
  • Seed mix – pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds with raisins

Drinks
Include a bottle of still water in your child’s packed lunch. We only allow water a drink. Soft/fizzy/fruit juice drinks are not allowed as they are packed with sugar and often colourings, additives, preservatives and aspartame (a sugar substitute), which can become addictive and affect moods.

UNHEALTHY LUNCH BOX

Avoid processed foods in your child’s lunch box as they are high in sugar, saturated fats, salt and often have chemical additives, preservatives, colourings and sugar substitutes that can change children’s behaviour and can prevent them from concentrating.

Things to avoid are:

Crisps – high in fat, salt and often contains monosodium glutamate

MSG Sweets – high in sugar and colourings

Soft/fizzy/fruit based drinks – high in sugar, colourings and or aspartame (a sugar substitute)

Chocolate – high in fat and sugar

YES NO
Oat cakes, Rice cakes Sweets (mints, chewing gum, fruit pastels, liquorice, toffees, marsh mallows)
Yogurts Crisps
Dried Fruits – raisins, mangos, apricots, etc Chocolate
Unsweetened fruit juice Fizzy/Soft Drinks
Cereal bars without any Hydrogenated Fats. Oat bars are best. Fruit muffins, carrot cakes, flapjacks /td> Colourings, Hydrogenated Fats, Monosodium Glutamate MSG, Aspartame

IMPORTANT: Please can you not send any nuts or peanut butter into school as some children are allergic to them.