Some ideas from Bord Bia for a healthy lunch box, or nutritious snack options for your children.
Choose from: rolls, bread, baps, pitta breads, croissants, crispbread,crackers...
Fill with: thinly sliced beef, lamb or pork cooked ham, chicken, turkey, tuna, grilled rashers, sliced sausages, pate, Spanish omelette, hard-boiled eggs, roasted peppers, grated cheese, cream cheese, tomatoes, lettuce...
Mix with: mayonnaise, chutney, curry paste...
Have fun trying out different combinations!
Fresh Fruit: apples, bananas, pears, mandarins, plums or grapes.
Dried Fruit: apricots, raisins etc
Try water, milk, unsweetened fruit juice, smoothie, yoghurt drink or flavoured milk drink.
How about yoghurts, cheese cubes, sticks of celery or carrots, popcorn, rice cakes, cartons of rice pudding or custard.
Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child's diet. Foods to limit in everyday school lunches include:
One to five year olds are always on the go and need a wide variety of foods for growth and health. Offer a range of different foods over the course of the week and your child is likely to get the nutrition they need.
Children's eating habits vary greatly so do not worry if your child refuses to eat a balanced diet on a daily basis. If your child is well and happy and growing normally there is no need for concern.
A young child may begin to assert their independence at the dinner table by refusing food. This is a common developmental stage and should pass.