Making wholesome, healthy lunchbox prep look easy!
Spinach leaves, crunchy peppers & Cheddar cheese
Tuna & sweetcorn mix (natural yogurt/low-fat mayo) Chicken, mixed salad & tomato relish Turkey, grated Cheddar cheese & tomato
Pesto pasta salad with chicken & peppers Couscous with roasted vegetables & chickpeas Rice salad with sliced hardboiled egg & spring onion Homemade soup & brown bread
Carrot and red pepper sticks with hummus Cubed Cheddar cheese with grapes Fruit salad with yogurt and seeds Fresh fruit smoothie made with milk or yogurt
Below are some lunchtime and after-school snack ideas. Remember to adapt portion sizes to suit your child’s age and lifestyle; younger children will generally need smaller portions than older or more active children.
Don’t forget to check out our Recipe page for further inspiration. You’ll find a whole host of delights, including Lilly’s lunchbox muffins
We, at the National Dairy Council (NDC), know that the secondary school day can be long and students need healthy options to keep them going at lunchtime and beyond depending on after-school study or activities. With so much misinformation about diets and nutrition on the internet, it can be confusing to know what goes into a healthy lunchbox and how to keep it varied! To help, we have enlisted Sinéad Delahunty, physiotherapist, food creator and Gaelic footballer, and Evan Lynch, registered dietitian and sports nutrition specialist, to create some videos where they chat about what a healthy lunchbox should contain, some lovely lunchtime recipes to try and the role of dairy as part of a healthy balanced diet. Along with the videos, we have created worksheets to assist classroom activities for students watching these videos in school or as a homework assignment.
There are 6 videos in total which are follows:
The videos can be accessed on the NDC YouTube channel
For each of the videos we have developed a separate worksheet which can be printed off and used to fill in the questions associated with each of the videos.
In the videos, Sinéad Delahunty demonstrates how to make a tasty recipe that can be used as a lunchbox filler and can be found on our recipes page