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5 Gorgeous Lunch Box Ideas Your Child Will Love

Good food habits set early in childhood can last a lifetime.

It’s important to put a bit of thought and planning in to your child’s lunch, as it provides around one third of their daily nutritional needs. Here are some great ideas for filling, healthy lunches to keep your child sustained and focused until dinner time.

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1. Variety is the Spice of Life

Trying different things keeps life interesting! Include a wide variety of foods - starchy foods, protein, dairy, and fruit and vegetables. Try to offer different foods every day - no one wants to be eating a ham sandwich five days a week!

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2. Super Sandwiches

Take a plain old sandwich and turn it in to something super! Add a bit of fun by using pastry cutters to transform dull and dowdy sarnies. Some of our favourite fillings include cheese with ham and a bunch of salad leaves, egg mayo and spring onion, chicken salad or hummus and crunchy veggies. Make sure to mix up your breads to keep things interesting. Try crunchy rolls, wholegrain wraps, pittas and brown soda bread.

3. Scrumptious Snacks

Surprise your little one with a delicious and nutritious snack in addition to their regular lunch. Give them some calcium with a tasty yoghurt or milk instead of water, add some homemade energy balls, or include dried fruit or sugar free snacks.

4. Hydration Station

Keeping hydrated is super important for concentration. Up to 6 cups of fluid should be encouraged daily for young kids. Milk and water are the best options. Straws and brightly coloured drinks bottles can make rehydrating more interesting!

5. Fruity Goodness

This one is really important. It’s important to pack in the vitamins where possible, and fruit is also super hydrating and full of fibre. Alternate dried fruit like apricots or raisins with fresh fruit like bananas, watermelon segments, apples, kiwis and mandarins. If your little one isn’t a fan of eating fruit, make it a little more interesting by making fruit kebabs. Chop up a few different fruits and pop them on a toothpick for something a little special!

What are your go-to lunch box fillers? We'd love to hear.


About the Author

Formerly the editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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