Now that the warmer months are here, so is the thought of summer lunches. Sometimes packing the kids lunch box can feel a little overwhelming. But making a healthy lunch box in the summer doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is making lunches light and cool and using fresh and seasonal fruit and veg.
How to build a summer lunch box
Fruit: Summer fruit makes a refreshing and sweet school snack.
Try: grapes, berries, cut up fresh fruit, or even fruit salad.
Vegetables: Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, and high in fibre.
Try: mixed salads on their own, in wraps and sandwiches, or snack on cherry tomatoes, snow peas, carrot sticks, celery, baby cucumbers or corn cobs. See our range of salad recipes.
Breads and cereals: provide our kids with the energy they need throughout the day. Choosing wholegrain products is preferred.
Meat & alternatives: This food group provides loads of protein that keeps tummies full, and essential nutrients that the body requires.
Try: tuna, salmon, lean lamb or beef, chicken, tofu, lentils and beans in salads and sandwich fillings. Keep it simple with boiled eggs or hummus as a snack. Serve up a substantial salad for dinner and serve up leftovers for lunch. Check out our Thai beef salad.
Dairy: Dairy provides protein and calcium for healthy bones and teeth. A cold dairy snack makes a refreshing morning tea.