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.

  • Water bottle
  • A piece of fruit
  • A serve of yoghurt
  • Air popped popcorn: Place popcorn kernels in a microwave safe container with a lid for about 2 mins or until most of the kernels have stopped popping. Place in a container with a tablespoon of pumpkin or sunflower seeds and a sprinkle of choc chips.
  • Shredded Chicken Pasta Salad (see below)

Chicken Pasta Salad


  • ¾ cup cooked wholemeal or high fibre pasta
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • 5 cherry tomatoes halved
  • ¼ cup corn kernels
  • ½ cup shredded cooked chicken breast
  • ½ tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried herbs


Toss together pasta, chicken, spinach, corn and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with herbs.

  • It looks both yummy and filling.


  • A delicious lunch recipe that is also very healthy! Thanks.


  • Yum! Id be very happy with that


  • Looks great! I had never thought of serving pasta that way.


  • Oh yum, looks and sounds delicious! What mum isn’t always on the lookout for yummy, healthy lunchbox ideas? I know I can never have enough.


  • A great recipe. Thanks for posting.


  • Thank you for posting this recipe, tried the tofu today and my little one loved it


  • ohh this is a different lunch box idea. worth a try for sure…looks delish


  • Don’t need to prep lunchboxes yet but sounds like good ideas for me to take to work!


  • I’d love that chicken pasta salad for my own lunch!


  • Thanks for sharing these well-balanced nutritious lunchbox snack idea’s; the Chicken Pasta Salad recipe looks great and I can’t wait to make it!.


  • great ideas, thanks for sharing


  • Thanks for these great ideas! Always good to see new ideas to try…


  • good lucnch idea,, sandwhich+soup can also be good idea

    • yes would love for the schools to have fridges


  • will be trying this my little girl is very fussy with her school lunches


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