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Packed Lunch Ideas

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posted September 16th 2018

We know that it can be challenging to find ideas for your grandchildren’s school packed lunch. You want it to be varied and healthy but sometimes it’s hard to stop ourselves from giving them the same thing day in day.

 

The BBC have a great article on their website all about packed lunch ideas, which we have summarised below.

According to NHS choices a balanced lunchbox should contain:

  • Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta
  • Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans
  • A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt
  • Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Here are some simple and easy ideas to bring new life in to the dreaded lunchbox.

 

Cheese and corn mini scones
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/181251/Cheese-and-corn-mini-scones

These make a great snack if you’re feeling peckish and they’re also delicious with soup.

 

Cheesy pasta salad
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/29229/30-packed-lunch-ideas/18

We’ve used baby corn, peas and cucumber but you can vary the veg to your child’s taste. They’ll love the cheesy sauce mixed with ketchup.

 

10 Sandwich-free lunch ideas
https://www.thekitchn.com/thinking-outside-the-lunch-box-10-sandwich-free-kids-lunch-ideas-222906

Slapping the same smears onto bread — day after day, week after week — can leave kids and parents a little bored. Here are 10 ideas for sandwich-free lunches that take cues from home and abroad. Test drive them all with your little eaters (or yourself!) to find new, interesting lunch box variations that keep everyone’s appetites healthy. 

 

Low sugar malt loaf bars
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/29229/30-packed-lunch-ideas/5

These low-sugar malt loaf bars are the perfect packed lunch snack for you or the kids. They’re really easy to make and will keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container. They’re much healthier than the shop-bought version.

 

Banana and three seed energy bars

http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/29229/30-packed-lunch-ideas/15

Bananas are great for giving kids an energy-boost throughout the day. Instead of giving them a banana, have a go at making these energy bars. Mixed with three different seeds, they’re a perfect healthy lunchbox filler.

 

Blueberry, coconut and lime bars
http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/pictures/29229/30-packed-lunch-ideas/24

They look like birthday cake but they’re full of fruity goodness. Packed full of lime and blueberry, these cake bars are a sneaky way to get them well on the way to 5-a-day.

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