Lunch box essentials for the kids: 5 + WATER
Recess and lunch provide a ‘pit stop’ for kids to refuel their energy levels. A healthy and inviting lunch includes a variety of foods from the different food groups.
Aim to include at least one serve from each food group:
- Protein-rich foods – such as beef, lamb, chicken, fish, eggs, tofu and legumes, provide protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega 3.
- Fruit – a variety of fresh, canned or dried
- Dairy or soy – cheese, milk or yoghurt
- Vegetables – a variety of different coloured vegetables,
- Grain and cereal foods – wholegrain bread, crackers, rice, pasta and noodles
- Plus Water – it’s the only drink kids need
If you need a little help to plan out the week’s lunches, try our handy lunch box meal planners for Primary School and High School.
Turn red meat dinners into nutritious lunches
All it takes to turn leftovers from last night’s dinner into tasty lunches is a few extra minutes and some smart ideas. Think of dinner as your new best friend for lunchtime inspiration, turn leftover beef or lamb into salads, wraps, rolls, pizza, noodles and more!
For left over recipe ideas click here How to turn leftover dinners into lunch box fillers.
Food safety – keep it fresh
It is important to keep food in the lunch box cold to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Use an insulated lunch box and include a small freezer brick or freeze a bottle of water. Foods and drinks that are kept cool will be safe as well as more tasty and appealing. For more hints on keeping lunches fresh click here – Food safety - keeping lunches fresh