If you are looking for some healthy kids lunchbox inspiration, then you are in the right place! Last week we teamed up with Pomegreat, who asked us to take part in the #GreatLunchBoxChallenge . As part of the challenge, we were put on a mission to prepare our daughter Evie a whole week of healthy, balanced lunches.
In this post I’ll be sharing with you her week of healthy, kid tested and super delicious lunches. You can also find out how you too can take part in the #GreatLunchBoxChallenge and where you can share your own healthy lunch box ideas!
Have you heard that in the UK schools have severely clamped down on what pupils are allowed to bring in for their school lunch?
The government are also fully backing this. We are being encouraged to give our kids less sugar and to swap their usual sweet treats for healthy alternatives. This means schools are becoming a lot stricter in what they’re serving up for school dinners and also for what they’re letting us put in our kids packed lunch.
If you have a kid at school, you might have already been sent home loads of information about this. I know my daughters school has already hosted a ‘healthy schools week’ and lots of my friends who have kids at school have also had lots of letters home about what things are now being banned from lunch boxes.
Pomegreat and Healthy Alternatives
We loved the idea of joining in with the #GreatLunchBoxChallenge. As a family we’ve been trying a lot to cut back on sugar this year (you might have seen our ‘Quit Sugar For The Week Challenge’ earlier this year) and so really wanted to be involved with trying to come up with some healthy, balanced lunchbox ideas of our very own.
Although we’ve found it very easy to make some ‘food swaps’ for Evie, one thing she is very fussy with is ‘drinks’ and that’s why we love Pomegreat.
Who else struggles to get their kids to drink water? Evie’s always been semi-good with water but she definitely doesn’t drink enough fluids without being nagged. She tends to drink a lot more if she has a juice drink, but most of them, as you know are usually high in sugar. That’s why we are such big fans of Pomegreat!
Pomegreat is a drink that has been naturally sweetened using Stevia. It’s the perfect juice, not just for kids, but for the whole family to enjoy as part of a healthy lifestyle and its a great addition to your children’s lunchbox. Especially if they aren’t a fan of water!
As it contains no sugar, it’s not part of the lunchbox ban. If you haven’t had it before you really need to try it. It’s a great substitute for sugary juices. The only problem with its great tasting formula, is that the whole family end up fighting over the carton.
Lets get onto the challenge…
A Week Of Healthy School Lunches
All of these lunches contain the lowest sugar content and easy substitutes you can make for some of your kids favourite snacks and juices.
* Please note some of these lunchboxes contain nuts. Lots of schools do not allow nuts due to child allergies. Please do not send your child to school with nuts in their lunchboxes without first checking their policies! *
Before I share with you Evie’s week of healthy lunches, I’ll quickly share with you her lunchbox. I get asked a lot on social media about where we got Evie’s lunchbox from. Her lunchbox is called a ‘YumBox’ and we chose it because of the amazingly helpful sections in it. It honestly makes creating balanced lunches so much easier.
- Related post: You can read our review of Evie’s Yumbox here!
Each sections of the lunchbox is labelled with a different food group. That way you can use them as a guide (if you wish – we don’t always stick to it) when you’re prepping lunch so you’re reminded to give your kids their daily protein, grains, dairy, vegetables and fruit.
On Monday we created Evie a lunch with a cheese spread sandwich, chicken slices, a plum, carrot sticks with a pesto dip and olives.
* Healthy alternative – Try replacing crisps with vegetable sticks and different dips.
On Tuesday we created Evie a lunch with tuna pasta, cucumber sticks with hummus to dip, grapes, cheese slices and almonds.
On Wednesday we created Evie a lunch with a nut butter sandwich, blueberries and raspberries, sweet potato chunks, egg, yoghurt and almonds.
* Healthy alternative – Try swapping sugary yoghurts or desserts for natural greek yoghurt. You can always jazz it up with berries, seeds and honey!
On Thursday we created Evie a lunch with quinoa mixed with salmon, broccoli, an orange, melon and mozzarella.
On Friday we created Evie a lunch with a cheese slice sandwich, chicken slices, rice cakes, pepper slices, an apple and a nut butter dip.
* Healthy alternative – Try swapping ‘lunch bars’ or chocolate bars with either rice cakes or Naked bars. They’re still super delicious and they contain less or no sugar!
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So, that was our week of healthy lunches for Evie. It’s not too late for you to take part in the ‘Great Lunch Box Challenge’! I’d love to see some of your healthy lunchbox ideas! If you tag both me, @pomegreat and the #GreatLunchBoxChallenge on social media and I’ll share some of your healthy lunchbox ideas.
Has your school started clamping down on lunchbox contents? Have you tried Pomegreat before? Let me know in the comments below!
* Collaborative – Thank you so much Pomegreat for setting us this fun and inspiring challenge!