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How do you pack a lunchbox with goodness ?

Each day at school children need:

  • Lunch (Main)
  • A healthy snack (Mini)
  • Extra fruit or vegies (Munch)
  • Water

Pack your child's lunchbox with healthy food from the five food groups. This includes wholegrains, protein (such as lean meat, egg, fish or hummus), reduced-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits. Don't forget to pack water.

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Main

Pack a lunch with some grains, protein and vegies. This can include a sandwich, wrap, sushi, pasta, curry, falafel or any dinner leftovers. Where needed, add an ice pack to keep food safe.

Mini

Pack a healthy snack such as cheese and grainy crackers, hard boiled eggs, homemade muffins, plain yoghurt, popcorn, tinned tuna, baked beans or fruit.

Munch

If you think your child needs more, pack some extra fruits and vegetables for them to enjoy. Pick seasonal to save money and encourage variety.

Water

Always pack water for your child.

If it's all healthy food, it doesn't matter what order the food is eaten in! Anything they reach for will provide them with long-lasting energy to get the best out of their school day.

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Healthy Swaps

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juice, fruit drink, cordial
processed cheese dips and crackers
dairy desserts
store bought cakes, muffins and pastries
chocolate bars
sweet biscuits
muesli bars, breakfast bars
lollies
savoury biscuits
roll ups, fruit sticks
packets of chips

...for these healthy snacks instead!

water bottle

Water

milk

Milk

Wholegrain crackers and cheese

Wholemeal crackers and cheese

Vegetable sticks

Veggie sticks and hummus

Tomato cheese sandwich

Cheese and tomato sandwich

Berry smoothie

Berry smoothie

Yoghurt and berries

Yoghurt and fruit

Fruit bread

Fruit toast

Pear pancakes

Pear pancakes

Zucchini muffins

Zucchini muffins

Apple crumble

Apple crumble

Home made fruit loaf

Fruit loaf

Buttered crumpet

Crumpet

Grapes

Grapes

Celery boats

Celery boats

Sultanas

Dried fruit

Popcorn

Popcorn

Crackers

Crackers and hummus

Rice cracker with topping

Cottage cheese rice cake

diced peaches in cup

Fruit cup

Apricots

Dried fruit

Strawberries

Strawberries

Honey roasted chickpeas

Honey roasted chickpeas

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds

Nuts and seeds