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A healthy lunchbox will help give your child everything they need to stay focused during the school day. A few tips below help to create a healthier lunch box by: 

  • Building your child’s lunch box together by helping them choose their own healthy foods. 

  • Using the Pick and Mix from Victoria Health gives you a guide to help choose a variety of food types from the different food groups. 

  • Freezing small bottles of water or ice packs can help keep food cool and fresh in their bag. 

  • Washing and drying salad to avoid soggy sandwiches. 

  • Avoiding milk, yoghurt, fish, or meat during hot weather in lunches unless packed in a cooler with an ice pack/frozen drink. 

  • Adding healthier packaged foods such as small packets of unsalted nuts or low-fat yoghurt.  

  • See the label reading guide under Healthy Snacks section to help you make confident food choices 

  • Preparing lunches ahead of time can help if you are limited for time in the morning 


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[Sources: Eat for health, Healthy Kids, Raising Children Network; Victoria Health - Eating Advisory Service]