Lunch and Snack ideas

Lunch ideas:

  • Sandwich fingers or triangles
  • Crackers and reduced fat cheese
  • Rolls, bagels or wraps
  • Small container of pasta salad

Snack ideas:

  • Whole fresh fruit or bite sized fruit pieces
  • Low fat yoghurt or dairy desserts
  • Dried fruit packets (e.g. sultanas or apple)
  • Fruit in zip lock bags (e.g. grapes, cherries or strawberries)
  • Fruit snack packs (e.g. peaches in natural juice)
  • Wholegrain crispbread eg. Vita-weats
  • Wholegrain rice crackers
  • Pikelets, crumpets or English muffins
  • Homemade fruit muffins
  • Low fat milk tetra pack (freeze the night before)
  • Muesli bar
  • Fruit loaf/toast
  • Fruit filled biscuits
  • Popcorn
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Toasted sandwich/jaffle

If demands for ‘special occasion food’ increase (such as crisps and chocolate) “because that’s what everyone else gets”, it’s best to compromise by including treats for special occasions. Taking a balanced approach helps to teach your child about the difference between ‘everyday’ and ‘special occasion’ foods. These rules should apply equally to siblings and other family members.

 Enjoys food in an expanding social scene

When a child starts school they may begin to separate from their parents, and rely more on approval from friends. This is a time of growing independence and socialising – sleepovers, camps, parties – fun. Staying over with their friends at night and sharing meals with their friends’ families becomes important in their social development.

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