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Five healthy back to school lunchbox ideas

Swap out boring sandwich fillings for fresh, tasty and healthy lunch time treats.

It's almost the beginning of a new school year. So, if you want to get the kids off to a great start, you'll need to pack those lunch boxes with healthy and nutritious treats they'll want to eat.
To maximise brain power steer clear of pre-packaged food which is often high in fat, salt and sugar. Instead find ways to get in plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as some protein and calcium, to maintain energy levels over the day.
If you're looking for quick, inexpensive inspirational lunchbox ideas, we've got you covered.
Seasonal snacks
With an abundance of fresh summer fruit available right now, make a fruit salad for your child's mid-morning snack Add a small container of yoghurt as fruit on its own might not be enough. Baby carrots or cucumber sticks work as a savoury option, and could be served with cheese cubes or a small container of hummus.

Wraps and pita pockets
Wraps and pita pockets can be used to turn just about anything into lunch. If you've got leftover veges, chicken or meat mix through with a little mayonnaise, add lettuce and some grated carrot and you've got an easy sandwich alternative.
Delicious bliss balls are super easy to make. Photo: Instagram
Bliss out on bliss balls
Bliss balls are super easy to make and you can whip up a whole batch with the kids on a Sunday afternoon. Switch out fruit flavours according to family preferences and come up with your own special combinations. They're not only packed with flavour, but the nuts will provide plenty of slow release energy to keep young minds and bodies going for the day.
Finger food favourites
Kids generally love finger foods giving you plenty of options for easy lunch alternatives. Try these quick-bake mini frittatas - they're packed with protein and taste delicious. Make by sautéing a grated carrot with onion, add grated courgette and mix through whisked eggs. Pour the mixture into muffin tins and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake until golden.
Mini pizzas
Homemade mini pizzas will always be a winner with kids. These are super simple to prepare and can be made in advance. Wholemeal or plain pita pockets are the perfect base. Lightly spread with tomato paste, top with sliced mushrooms, capsicums and halved cherry tomatoes. Add some grated cheese – mozzarella if you have it – and bake in a hot oven until golden. Cool before storing.
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