Lunch Box Ideas

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

As a school we aim to provide children with healthy and balanced meals which help with the intake of fat and sugar, 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.

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 and their 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.