Children’s packed lunches should include items from the 5 main food groups;
Bread, Rice, Potatoes, Pasta
These starchy foods are a healthy source of energy. Packed lunches should include 2 or more portions eg pasta salad, sandwich.
Milk and Dairy foods
These foods provide calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Include 1 portion at lunch eg yoghurt, fromage frais, milk.
Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans
These foods provide protein for growth. Packed lunches should include 1 portion of these foods eg boiled egg, chicken, tuna, ham as filling in sandwich, mixed bean salad.
Any drinks provided in lunch boxes should only include either plain water, milk (semi-skimmed), unsweetened fresh fruit juice, diluted fresh fruit juice, fruit or dairy based smoothies.
To ensure consistency and to keep packed lunches in line with food standards for school meals, packed lunches should not contain the following: