Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

Back to school is on the horizon and with that can follow the dread of lunchboxes. The rush in the morning, the panic of what to put in it, the guilt of whether your feeding them a healthy lunch. Not to mention the unappetising appeal of soggy sandwiches.

Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

Hartley’s jelly pots is championing the back to school period with a new campaign, Hartley’s your lunchbox. The campaign aims to motivate parents to turn their hand to brilliant lunch creations and collect an exclusive Hartley’s lunchbox through its collector scheme.

Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

Hartley’s is offering customers the chance to collect 12 special edition green lids from across the No Added Sugar Jelly Pots (115g), to claim a free Hartley’s lunchbox and stickers.

Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

You can claim your lunchbox by going to the Hartley’s website Each lunchbox comes with two sticker sheets to personalise your lunchbox.

With all that in mind I thought I’d share with you my quick ideas for nutritious healthy lunchboxes. That’ll see you through till October Half term.

My basic formula for insuring my children are eating a balanced lunch is to divide the lunchbox into five categories

Fruit and vegetables.
A treat (optional)

Then I choose two things from fruit and veg, two from carbohydrates, one from protein, one from Dairy and if you want one small ‘treat’. Also I would add drink.

With this I make sure they are getting enough of everything they need to give them enough energy to learn and play right through the afternoon.

Here are my suggestions for quick things to give that don’t take a lot of prep.

Fruit and vegetables.
An apple,
A kiwi – peeled and put in a pot
A handful of dried fruit – my kids love raisins, sultanas, cranberries, papaya, apricots, blueberries. There is a wide range of dried fruit available and something to suit everyone’s tastes. Just make sure you pick un sulphured apricots and avoid crystallized fruit as that is sugar coated.
A satsuma
A banana
A peach
A plum
A handful of strawberries
Cucumber, carrot, pepper or celery sticks
A handful of cherry tomatoes,
Mangetout, sugar snaps, or peas in their pods.
Baby corn

Carbohydrates (not a soggy sandwich in sight!)
Bread sticks
Packets of five crackers
An English muffin
Toasted pitta sticks
Pitta pocket to stuff
Unsalted un sugared popcorn
Crisp bread
Rice crackers

A slice of ham (try and avoid having this everyday)
A hard boiled egg
Tuna mayo to go in a pitta pocket
Sunflower seed butter to go on the pitta sticks (most schools will not allow peanut butter so this is a great alternative for vegetarians)

Cheese (so many varieties and ways to serve)
A fromage frais
A yoghurt
A bottle of milk
Or soya or dairy free alternatives to all the above if your child is lactose or dairy intolerant.

A treat (optional)
Jelly pots are the perfect size for children’s lunchboxes, providing convenience and a wide range of flavours to keep kids happy.
A cereal bar
A packet of low salt crisps

To this I always add a drink, an icepack to keep everything cool and a spoon!

Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

This post is an entry for Britmums #HartleysYourLunchbox linky challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly

Back to school, quick lunchbox ideas.

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