Healthy lunches made easier
Need new, creative packed lunch ideas? Want to ensure that snacking isn’t affecting your child's diabetes management?
If your child doesn't have school dinners, chances are that you're making packed lunches. Often a last-minute rush where it's easiest to use whatever's closest to hand, packed lunches can often be standard fare.
To make life easier for you, and to help control your child's blood sugar, we've stepped in with some alternative balanced lunch ideas.
Healthy lunchboxes for children
We've created a selection of five different lunchboxes, full of healthy snacks for your child.
Each offers a balanced range of food and drink to ensure that they get all the goodness they need for a busy day at school.
Feel free to mix and match items across the boxes, or follow the Monday-Friday schedule, tailoring the snacks to your child's own favourites and preferences.
Kids' weekly healthy lunch planner
Please note that portion sizes may need to be adjusted depending on your child's age, build and energy requirements. We're also aware that children have wide-ranging tastes and preferences surrounding food so these lunch options are intended purely as a guideline.
- Cheese wholemeal bread sandwich / Egg mayo wholemeal bread sandwich
- Savoury popcorn
- Small no-added sugar fruit smoothie (150ml)
Tip: Your child will love helping to make this delicious healthy popcorn recipe.
- Salad with sliced turkey
- Breadsticks with low-fat cream cheese dip
Tip: Also, check out our chicken caesar salad or simply swap the salad ingredients for whatever your child prefers.
- Tomato pasta salad
- Carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus
Low-fat, low-sugar fruit yogurt
- Chicken tortilla wrap
- Small portion reduced-fat cheese / Reduced-fat cheese triangle
- Sliced melon
- No-added-sugar squash
- Tuna and sweetcorn wholemeal pitta
- Vegetable crisps
- Carton of semi-skimmed milk
Tip: Our homemade vegetable crisps are low in salt and fat.
Make light work of lunchtimes - for yourself, too:
Take time to prepare snacks and lunches before you leave the house in the morning - the likelihood that you reach for unhealthy snacks will be minimised.
- Snacks needn’t be complicated - leftovers from a healthy dinner often make great lunches for the following day, and wastage is reduced, too.
- Stay motivated: Instead of grabbing a bite on-the-go, packing your own lunch allows you to monitor exactly how many carbs and calories etc you’re eating in line with your healthy diet.
- Have some staples on standby at home – with salad ingredients and low-fat cheese, slices of chicken or turkey in the fridge, you will always find that a last-minute sandwich can be made.
- Make sure there is somewhere appropriate to store your lunch or snacks at work.
- You could try pairing up with someone else who is eating healthily and share lunches for the week, with you making them half the week, and your friend the rest.
- If short on time, pop a tin of tuna or packet of sliced lean meats into your bag, take to work, and make a tasty salad after simply buying a small salad from the shop. You can easily find smaller boxed salads which you can then make into a more substantial meal should you wish.