Healthy Eating

School meals are a great choice for your child, but if you choose to make a packed lunch for them instead here are some tips for preparing a healthier lunchbox.

Preparing your child's lunchbox

A healthier lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta) 
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad 
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative) 
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly 
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks 

The Eatwell Guide shows you how to have a healthy balanced diet and can help you decide what to put in your child's lunchbox. 

Find healthy lunchbox ideas at Change4Life.