Lunch Box Ideas

Lunch Box Ideas

As a school we aim to provide children with a choice of healthy and balanced meals. These are provided by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council. Dudley Council recommended guidelines are that children should be offered a varied diet which included: Starchy food, protein, a dairy item, vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit. The meals are checked to ensure they contain the recommended intake of fat and sugar.

As we are aware a number of our children bring a pack lunch to school. Here at Hurst Hill Primary, we would like to offer a few lunch box ideas which follow the recommended guidelines.

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods – bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and cous cous
  • Protein foods – meat, fish, eggs, soya and quorn products
  • Dairy foods – yoghurt or cheese
  • Vegetables or salad
  • Portion of fruit

Other items of food which could be included are plain popcorn, fruit based cake or plain biscuits.

Lunch box 1

  • Crackers with ham
  • Sliced boiled ham
  • Vegetable sticks with cream cheese dip
  • Strawberries
  • Bottle of plain water

Lunch box 2

  • Wholemeal roll filled with egg mayonnaise and lettuce
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Custard pot
  • Banana
  • Bottle of diluted sugar free squash

The recommended guidelines for the maximum daily intake of free sugar:

  • 4 – 6 years 4 teaspoons
  • 7 – 10 years 5 teaspoons
  • 11 – Adult 6 teaspoons

Here are just a few food items which include sugar content:

  • Jam sandwich (white bread) – 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 Jaffa cakes – 2 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • Low fat yoghurt pot (125g) – 3 teaspoons sugar
  • Small packet of starmix haribos (20g) – just under 2 teaspoons
  • Kit-Kat (4 finger) – 4 ¾ teaspoons

We hope that the above information helps in some way to keeping all our Hurst Hill children happy and healthy at lunchtime.


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