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Tips for school lunches that will get eaten​

Tuesday, 20 Dec 2022

To celebrate Australia's Healthiest Lunchbox 2023 competition, Dairy Australia are sharing some lunchbox tips & tricks to inspire all budding lunchbox artists. Have you applied to be Australia's Healthiest Lunchbox in 2023?

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Every lunchbox should include foods from the five food groups including dairy foods. Here are some easy ways to incorporate the food groups: 

  • Sandwich dried apricots together with spreadable cream cheese
  • Cut the crusts off a slice of bread, and top with sliced ham and a cheese stick, roll up firmly to create fun Cheesy Roll Arounds
  • Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Pasta salad, quiche and homemade pizza slices are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch
  • Pop a small container of your kids’ favourite dairy dip such as French onion, avocado, or tzatziki with vegetable sticks in their lunchbox
  • Sweet dips can also make a delicious treat! Pop cream cheese in a container and sprinkle with cinnamon and honey, delicious for kids to dip crisp apple wedges or fingers of banana into.
  • Jumping beans pasta salad: Toss a simple tuna and pasta or potato salad with this simple and delish dressing: 1/4 cup natural yogurt, 2 teaspoons mayonnaise and ¼ teaspoon salt reduced taco seasoning
  • Pop a few cubes of mozzarella or swiss cheese in a container with sticks of the kids’ favourite veggies for an energy boosting snack pack
  • For children who prefer not to eat sandwiches or simply for a change, try cubes of cheddar with carrot and celery sticks, plain crackers and some dried fruit.
  • Mix up sweet and savoury! Pop some cubes of cheddar in with: some grapes and popcorn, sultanas and pretzels for a Pick’n Mix bag.
  • Grated cheddar is convenient for wraps and rolls and can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container until needed. Combine grated cheddar with grated carrot, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and maybe a little ham and using a filling for pita wraps.
  • Cheese is an easy nutrient dense and high calcium food to incorporate into the lunchbox in sandwiches or as cheese sticks and cubes as a sustaining snack. Create interest by cutting cheese into shapes (triangles, cubes, squares or rectangles).

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