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Despite all the marketing of foods to parents as being healthy or time saving, many of the foods sold in supermarkets for lunchboxes aren’t a healthy choice – and the packaging creates a lot of waste.
This can be a challenge, but the solution is to keep it basic!

A healthy lunch starts with

  1. a sandwich, preferably with some protein, such as lean meat or cheese on wholemeal or wholegrain bread
  2. some fruit or veggies (for fruit break at school)
  3. a bottle of tap water
  4. a healthy snack -often the confusing part
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Healthy lunchbox snack:

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Stick to basic foods like wholegrain biscuits and cheese, pikelets, rice cakes, fruit buns or dried or fresh fruit.
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Extras such as crisps, muesli bars and sweetened drinks, including fruit juices are not recommended.

A lunchbox with compartments can save on packaging, using the family foods to create a serve. For example slice some cheese from a block and pack with 3 or 4 wholegrain cracker biscuits. This is a healthier option than many prepacked varieties, is cheaper and has less packaging waste.
Many schools and childcare services are now promoting waste free lunches.

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Click on the resources below for some healthy suggestions for the lunchbox (3-4MB each).
Try using the FREE FoodSwitch App to rate a packaged food and suggest a better choice.

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