Pack your child’s lunch box and fill it with nutritious, healthy food choices. Yep, just another task to add to your already long list of things that need doing every morning before you rush out the door.

Leanne Elliston is an Accredited Practising Dietitian at Nutrition Australia and she has these tips for getting the school day food stash right.

“Well chosen lunchbox snacks can help parents pack a tasty, nutritious lunch, helping to meet at least a third of kids nutrition requirements,” she says.

“At the top of the list sits unsalted, air-popped popcorn, a small serve of whole grain, high fibre breakfast cereal, whole grain crackers, or muesli bars with a Health Star Rating of 4 or more.

“Combined with cherry tomatoes, sliced salad vegetables and fruit, a boiled egg, a slice of cheese or small tub of yoghurt, there are plenty of options for hungry tummies.”

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Top tip: If you have a picky eater on your hands try using a high fibre white bread.

For a stress free, balanced sandwich, Nutrition Australia recommends following  these four easy steps:

Choose your base – whether you choose a roll, wrap or good old sliced bread, use whole grain, wholemeal or high fibre varieties where possible. If you have a picky eater on your hands try using a high fibre white bread.

Add flavour – use vegemite, hummus or avocado to add a pop of flavour, colour and nutrients. Or mix things up with a bright beetroot hummus.

Add your veggies – use a handful of salad or any other raw or cooked vegetables you have at home. This is the perfect time to use up last night’s leftover roast pumpkin or zucchini!

Finally, choose your protein power – quick and easy sources of protein like cheese, tuna, boiled egg, mashed beans or leftover poached chicken are great for sandwiches.

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