A well-balanced, nutritious lunchbox should be portioned such that it comprises half vegetables or salad; one quarter grain foods, preferably wholegrain or low GI carbohydrates, one quarter lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, or seeds, as well as a side of fruit and a calcium rich snack.

Don’t forget to pack plenty of water too and always keep lunchboxes cool with an insulated bag and ice brick.

  • Fruit salad: chop a variety of seasonal fruit. To prevent fruit from going brown, add a few drops of lemon juice
  • 1 serve of yoghurt
  • 1 slice of banana and strawberry bread

Banana & Strawberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (90g) reduced fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 medium bananas, roughly mashed
  • 2 – 3 strawberries, sliced and quartered

Method:

  • Pre-heat an oven to 160 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine yoghurt, oil, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs.
  • Add mashed banana (I like to leave a few good chunks) and mix through well. Fold through flour and strawberries, without beating.
  • If the mixture is a little dry (which it might be if your bananas are small), add a little extra oil.
  • Place the mixture in a greased loaf tin and place in pre-heated oven for 45min.
  • Turn the oven off an allow bread to sit in the oven for a further 15mins before removing and placing on a wire cooling rack.

 

Lebanese bread chips 

  • Pre-heat an oven to 180 degrees.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over 1 large wholemeal Lebanese bread, sprinkle with dried herbs, cut into 8ths.
  • Place in the oven for 5 – 10mins, until the bread begins to golden.
  • Serve with an oven roasted chicken leg and side salad.
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  • Some great recipe ideas there, thanks.

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  • Love healthy lunch box tips and ideas and thank you!

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  • a well balance

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  • Yum. Going to try that bread recipe.

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  • Great for kids who aren’t keen on whole fruit.

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  • really looking great

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  • Love the sound of the lebanese bread chips

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  • sounds nice and healthy for school lunch box

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  • Lovely ideas, very simple yet I think my kids will love it

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  • Great ideas for school lunch boxes and snacks.

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  • It can be so difficult to find things that are healthy to send your children to school with and have the confidence that the children will actually eat it and not throw it away especially when they see other children with snacks.
    Wish there was rules to what types of foods the children could bring or that the school provided the children with healthy foods so all of the children had the same thing

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  • thankyou my kids love their yought and fruit

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  • great ideas. always a struggle to think of something new

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  • Also great served as a morning tea. I love the Lebanese Bread chips with a variety of healthy dips.

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  • Thanks for these handy recipes!

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