Inspiration for your children's school packed lunches: Top 5

Friday 13th September 2019

That first day back at school has now been and gone but are you looking for fresh inspiration for some tasty packed lunches ideas that don’t take up too much time? Here’s just a few you may want to have a go at preparing in the kitchen.

1) 5 A day

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A great way to ensure your children have their 5 a day is to prepare snack boxes with a selection of vegetables in it. Here are some suggestions; carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, celery or spring onions. This might then be something you can switch around throughout the week. Keep encouraging your children to have fruit and vegetables and understand the benefits about them. Here are the recommended calorie allowances per age group:

  • For girls aged 4 to 8 the recommended calorie allowance is 1,200-1,800.
  • For boys aged 4-8 is 1,200 to 1,800 it is calories.
  • For girls 9-13 it is 1,600 to 2,600 calories and for boys it is 1,600 to 2,600 calories.
  • For girls 14- 18 it is 1,800 to 2,400 and boys aged 14-18 it is 2,000 to 3,200 calories.

2) Try this new snack for your children

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A good sandwich filling to try would be cream cheese for the children instead of cheddar cheese, cream cheese is a lighter option. Have you ever considered trying a jelly sandwich for the children? This may be a new one but encourages your kids to try new snacks and not just to stick to having the same ones. You may want to also mix up their choice with soups to make it a change from the usual with winter coming up.

3) Vegetarian snacks: get your children ready

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How about a falafel stuffed flatbread or a Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich? You could also try Black Bean Mini Taco Cups as a new school lunchtime treat or a Greek and cucumber salad. This will be a good point halfway through the day for your children to reenergise before another afternoon of learning.

4) Healthy after lunch snacks

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How about these for a mid afternoon snack when the children are feeling hungry? Watermelon, Sunrype Fruit Go, Sea Salt Crunchy bites, Bannana cereal snacks. These offer a healthy alternative to chocolate and biscuits such as; mixed nuts, yoghurt and mixed berries, apple slices with peanut butter, dark chocolate and almonds.

5) New drink ideas

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Do your children enjoy hot drinks are do they normally choose to go for cold drinks? There are different juice, squash and smoothie options they can have as part of their school day.

Here’s some further information and more lunch ideas.