Healthy Packed Lunches

Linda over on Restyled Home has put out an SOS as she’s facing the nightmare every mother has at some point, producing an interesting healthy packed lunch that your children will actually eat – EVERY DAY!.  Thankfully Miss L gets a school cooked meal so I don’t have to deal with this daily.  But when she attends holiday club, she has to take her own lunch.

Her favourite lunch consists of the following:

  • A smoothie from Innocent – they are just fruit, nothing added.  We are huge fans!
  • A pot of fresh fruit blueberries, raspberries, strawberries – Miss L does the pot herself.  It makes her feel like she’s making her own choices and therefore more likely to actually eat them.
  • An apple
  • A cheese sandwich with brown bread and the crusts cut off, with cucumber thinly sliced ‘on the side’.
  • The only slightly naughty thing she has in there is a home made mini sausage roll, as she just loves them, and you can’t always be good 🙂

Oh and it’s always topped off with a flowery paper napkin and a note telling her I love her.  The box always comes home empty.

Here are some sources of inspiration for more ideas:

Healthy Lunchbox

Annabel Karmel

Raising Kids

BBC Food

Kids Cooking


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  1. This was a great post! My son just started kindergarten and I am clueless on what to send besides our usual sandwich and crackers. He is soooo picky, but I think he would drink that smoothie. I haven’t heard of them, I’ll see if I can find them this weekend. You’re so lucky to have a daughter that eats and eats healthy.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Amy,

    Glad you found it helpful 🙂

    I don’t think Innocent are sold in the US yet (but they are on their way apparently), but there are plenty of good alternatives in the stores I think?.

    When we’re in the US or Canada I give Lily these:

    But they don’t seem to do a version that would fit easily into a lunchbox. But maybe you could put them into a sports cup for him?
    I also give her flavoured water (without any additives) which are great when it’s hot and they are bored with tap water.

    Good luck with your packed lunches, I’m sure you’re little boy will love them 🙂

    You have a great weekend too!