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Updated 10 January 2017

5 school lunchbox essentials

Make your child’s packed lunch the envy of all their friends. And that doesn’t mean filling it with sweets and crisps. It’s all about keeping things interesting while covering the basics.

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1. Water

Kids run around. A lot. Make sure they stay hydrated by always packing a bottle of water with their lunch. As a treat, alternate with flavoured sparkling water.

 

2. Protein

Vital for growth, tissue repair and immunity, protein comes in many forms, from legumes, nuts and seeds to meat, fish and eggs. Try mini BBQ chicken kebabs or beef frikkadels for a tasty protein boost.

 

3. Vegetables

Full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, pop a few veg sticks in your kid’s lunchbox. A handful of raw baby cucumbers, baby carrots or sugar snap peas will keep them happily crunching away. Woolies makes it easy (and tasty) with this carrot, celery, cucumber and hummus pot.

 

4. Fruit

The best kind of sweet treat is a piece of fresh fruit (nectarines and berries are both great seasonal choices) or a small serving of chopped fruit that contributes vitamins and fibre to your child’s diet.

 

5. A snack

It doesn’t have to be full of sugar or salt to feel like a treat. Try mini seed crackers with peanut or almond butter, or a handful of crunchy kale chips. And stock up on packs of cheese sticks – what’s not to love about stringy cheese?
 
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