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Lunch Box Tips & Ideas

Girl eating from lunchbox

Ideally, main meals should have protein, and carbohydrate/s; for example tuna, a roll and grated vegetables. Often they can be served with a piece of fruit and always with water. Some of our ideas are portable while others are best at home.

Lastly, remember your child is likely to prefer to play than to eat, so convenience needs to be balanced with nutrition. Yes, I know that is easier said than done, but it is better to keep it in mind than be disappointed by a full lunchbox coming home each day.

Meal ideas for Lunch Box

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Examples include:

  • Wholemeal salad sandwich, yoghurt, grapes (cut in half) and water.
  • Cream cheese, ham and avocado Lebanese bread wrap (rolled up).
  • Bagel with avocado, sliced chicken and grated cucumber.
  • Pumpernickel bread with cheese, hummus and red capsicum.
  • Pocket bread with grated cheese, tomato, cucumber and yoghurt dip and canned tuna.
  • Roast beef salad with tomato, lettuce and avocado.
  • Tuna or salmon patties with a minty yoghurt dip.
  • Prepared Nori rolls (seaweed) with a variety of fillings including tuna, avocado, cucumber, capsicum, salmon, lettuce etc. (these are extremely easy to make with or without the kids and will keep in an airtight container in the fridge overnight – no longer).
  • Fish cakes with grated vegetables, fruit and yoghurt.
  • Fruit and a tub of natural yoghurt.
  • Various cheeses, avocado, fruit and crackers.
  • Cheese, avocado and ham finger-foods.
  • Toasted cheese fingers and fruit.
  • Cottage cheese, avocado and crackers.
  • Cream cheese on toast or bagel.
  • Vegetarian sausages and grated/sliced vegies.
  • Vegetarian hot dog with cheese, low-salt sauce in a wholemeal roll.
  • Crackers with cream cheese and dip.
  • Ham and dips wrapped in flat bread.
  • Baked beans and toast or cheese melted into the beans.
  • Boiled egg and a teaspoon of mayo mashed together (plain or on toast).
  • Small tubs of dips (hummus, yoghurt), toasted bread fingers, yoghurt and strawberries.
  • Oven-roasted vegies (pre-prepared) and a selection of cheeses and toasted bread sticks.
  • Bite-size raw vegies with a separate container of dipping sauce or your favourite ranch dressing or curried tofu mayonnaise.
  • Cheese cubes with tiny cherry tomatoes.
  • Leftovers: The trick is to think ahead and make a little extra at dinner for lunch the next day.
  • Salads of all kinds make great school lunches. Try a quinoa salad (with olive oil and chopped grilled vegies) for something really different and extra healthy.
  • Stews or casseroles: Thick stews and casseroles can make tasty wraps, especially with grilled or saut

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