Back to School Lunch Box Tips



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1. Balance is the Key


Ensure that each lunch box contains elements from all the major food groups: proteins, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and dairy. This balance ensures that your child gets all the necessary nutrients for their growth and development.

2. Keep Hydration in Mind

Include a water bottle in the lunch box. Encourage your child to refill it throughout the day to keep themselves hydrated. You can also include fresh juices or smoothies as an additional source of hydration and nutrition.

3. Portion Sizes

Bear in mind that kids have smaller stomachs and thus require smaller meal portions. Overloading the lunch box may lead to food wastage. Use smaller containers or bento boxes to pack a variety of foods in appropriate amounts.

4. Include Variety

Kids often get bored with the same meals every day. Vary the content of the lunch box to keep them interested. You can experiment with different types of sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, and snacks.

5. Make it Colorful

Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are not only appealing to kids but also packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Include a rainbow of fresh produce in their lunch box to make it more attractive.

6. Involve Your Child

Allow your child to participate in the lunchbox preparation process. Their involvement will make them more likely to eat their lunch. They can choose what they want to eat from the options you provide.

7. Prepare Ahead

Mornings can be chaotic. Prepare lunch boxes the night before to save time. This also allows you to focus more on creating a balanced and nutritious lunch box for your child.

8. Ensure Food Safety

Use an insulated lunch box to keep food at a safe temperature until lunchtime. Cold items should stay cold, and hot items should stay hot to prevent bacterial growth.

9. Encourage New Foods

Use the lunch box as an opportunity to introduce your child to new foods. Pack a small portion of a new food along with their favorites.


10. Include Healthy Treats

It's okay to include a small treat in your child's lunch box. However, make sure it is still nutritious. This could be a homemade muffin, a piece of dark chocolate, or a small packet of dried fruits.

Remember, the goal of a lunch box is not only to feed your child but also to encourage healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.


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