School packed lunch planner

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Cut yourself some slack in the morning and avoid the stress of thinking about what to pack for school lunch.

Packing a healthy and varied school lunchbox is easy. Just pick one item from each category, the mains, the fruit and veggies and the snack, add a bottle of water or semi-skimmed milk and you’re done. Easy huh!

the main 

This is what they eat first – it should be filling and as healthy as possible, try to use wholegrain versions of bread where possible.

  • Sandwich/Wrap/Pitta – various fillings cheese, chicken, ham, tuna, tinned salmon, hummus, egg or nut butters if your school allows. Try to add a little salad if you can.
  • Slice of pizza – you can make muffin pizzas using a wholegrain muffin as a base.
  • Small pastry – like a quiche, slice of cheese and vegetable pie, quick veggie pasty.
  • Spring rolls or samosas
  • Crackers
  • Quesadilla 
  • Rice salad
  • Pasta salad
  • Potato salad
  • Leftover of any soup/stew/curry packed in a thermos food pot

the fruit & veggies

Try to include a portion of fruit and vegetables each day and vary what you put in so they don’t get bored.

  • Vegetable batons – try any of the following – carrot, pepper, cucumber,  celery, broccoli florets, whole tomatoes
  • A little pot of hummus, tomato or bean dip with mini bread sticks
  • As well as the usual apples, pears, satsumas, bananas try making little fruit salads, slices of melon or kiwi, seasonal berries, tinned fruit in juice or handfuls of dried fruit.


A little snack is always a welcome addition to a packed lunch, it doesn’t always have to be a cake!

  • Flapjacks
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Rice Pudding
  • Cheese cubes & nuts (older children only and check your school policy with regards to nuts)
  • Crackers with cheese or nut butter
  • Savoury snacks like baked crisps
  • Popcorn
  • Yogurts

add a drink

The best drink to send is plain bottled water or semi-skimmed milk. Don’t whack up the sugar content of the lunch by adding cartons of cordial or fruit juice drinks, water or milk are just fine.

keeping it chilled

Add a couple of small ice-packs to the packed lunch and always chill the drink you send as an added lunch cooler.

need to be a bit more planned and organised?

Sometimes it’s easier to just plan and organise lunches ahead, you might like to try out our packed lunch menus for a little added inspiration.

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And if you’re packing a vegetarian lunchbox

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