Healthy school lunchbox ideas

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Preparing your child’s lunchbox can feel like a frantic job. Are you feeding them enough? Will they enjoy eating it? Coming up with healthy lunch ideas can be difficult.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a range of top tips to help you create quick, easy, healthy lunches.

Choose your carbohydrates

  • Bread
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Chapattis
  • Flatbreads
  • Pitta
  • Manesh/Lavash/Khobez
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Yams/potatoes
  • Cassava
  • Naan

Pack some plants

  • Frozen/tinned fruit and veg (just as nutritious as fresh)
  • Adding sweetcorn to tuna
  • Beans, peas and lentils (the canned stuff works a treat)
  • Tomato puree as a pizza base
  • Onions and chopped tomatoes to start off a meal e.g., curry and stews can contribute to your five-a-day

Pick your proteins

  • Leftover protein from dinner (e.g., meat, lentils, tofu or paneer)
  • Eggs
  • Tuna
  • Tinned beans or low sugar/salt baked beans
  • Cheese
  • Prawns

Select a snack

Mix and match these to get all those nutrients in.

  • Cheese slices
  • Yogurt (try low fat and low sugar options)
  • Popcorn
  • Pita/carrots with hummus
  • Grapes
  • Pepper slices
  • Raisins
  • Crackers

Quick healthy lunch ideas

Chicken Chapati Wrap – (Chicken or other protein leftovers), cheese and sweetcorn. Carrot sticks for snack and some popcorn. 

Pasta Saladwith sweetcorn, peppers and some beans/pulses (canned work great). Grapes and some pepper slices would make a great snack.

Tortilla Pizza – using tomato puree base, cheese and any veggie toppings your child likes. Add some yogurt and raisins for a delicious snack.


Helpful resources

NHS Healthier lunch recipes 

BBC Good Food – lunch ideas

18 September, 2023