Lunchboxes (Early Years)


Can we please have ideas to provide to families on what to pack in a lunchbox?


A healthy lunch box should include a variety of healthy and minimally processed foods.
Why not aim for something from each of the 5 Food groups!

  1. Grain (Cereal) Foods - along with bread, rice and pasta, pikelets, crumpets, fruit toast and plain scones are included in this food group
  2. Vegetables and legumes/beans - For infants, vegetables can be included in their pureed food. For older children vegetables can be served in a number of tasty ways. In sandwiches, wraps, salads, quiches or on their own – corn on the cob, baked or raw and served with dip.
  3. Fruit - children only need a minimum of 1 serve of fruit, whilst in care, which equates to a 1 medium piece of fruit or 1 cup of diced fruit.
  4. Lean Meats and Poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds and legumes/beans - what about trying a boiled egg or mini meatballs as a lunchbox snack?
  5. Milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives - aim to pack natural yoghurt or include cheese on crackers, a sandwich or cubed as a snack.

See the many Food Foundations lunchbox fact sheets on the subscribers section of the website for more ideas!