A healthy lunchbox is important to keep children fuelled for a long day of learning and play, and to support growth and development. Lunchboxes should contain about one third of a child’s food for the day. Remember to also pack a water bottle and a Crunch&Sip snack, preferably vegetables.
For a healthy lunchbox, include items from each of these key groups:
Foods to leave out of the lunchbox
These foods are not essential for good health and are best left out of the lunchbox:
- Soft drink, cordial, flavoured waters, sports drinks and energy drinks
- Chocolate, chocolate spread, jam, honey and lollies
- Crisps, and similar snack items, deep fried foods, fast food
- Store-bought biscuits, muffins, cakes, pastries, pies and sausage rolls
- Processed meats such as salami, ham and bacon
Keep food safe and minimise the risk of food poisoning.
- Keep cold food cold. Place an ice brick, frozen water bottle or frozen tub of yoghurt in the lunchbox. Pair with an insulated lunchbox or cooler bag.
- Keep hot food hot. Use an insulated flask for soup and other hot meals.
- Any food left in the lunchbox at the end of the day should be thrown out.
- Wash and dry lunchboxes and water bottles each day.
- Wash your hands before preparing food
Weigh up your lunch is a fun and interactive online game designed to help children understand what makes up a healthy lunchbox. Click here to try it out.
Watch the clip below from Nutrition Australia for more ideas.