It’s back to school for kiwi kids.

Preparing a healthy school lunch for the kids doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some fresh tips to help your little ones get their 5+ a day.

Back to School Lunch Ideas:

• Load sandwiches up with vegetables: grated carrot, capsicum, sliced mushrooms and spinach. Add sliced cucumbers or baby spinach for crunch

• Add diced carrots, corn, silverbeet, onions and tomatoes to chop suey for a colourful lunch

• Make home made salsa with tomatoes, mangos, avocados, red onion, coriander and lime juice. Use as a dip or sandwich filling

• Fill vegetarian sushi with avocado, finely sliced carrots, red peppers, cucumber and silverbeet

• Use up left over potato salad, roast vegetables or summer salads, serve in air tight containers, add a low fat dressing and crispy noodles

• Bake savoury pinwheels the night before with onion, parsley, courgette, capsicum and lean bacon

• Try vegetarian pizzas in the lunchbox. Use tomato paste on the base and cover with chopped courgette, capsicum, mushroom, red onion and tomato

• Slice cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, tomato wedges and grated carrots and put in zip lock bags with bread or a bun separately, so the kids can make their own sammies

School Lunch Snack Ideas:

• Mix chopped kiwifruit, apples, pears and oranges with low fat yogurt. Children tend to eat more fruit when it is chopped up

• To stop chopped apple turning brown rub with a little lemon juice before you pack them up

Healthy School Lunch Tips:

• Spread avocado on your sandwiches instead of butter

• Leave tomatoes on the side for your child to add to their sandwiches so that sandwiches don’t become soggy and inedible.

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