A well-balanced, nutritious lunchbox should be portioned such that it comprises half vegetables or salad; one quarter grain foods, preferably wholegrain or low GI carbohydrates, one quarter lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, or seeds, as well as a side of fruit and a calcium rich snack.

Don’t forget to pack plenty of water too and always keep lunchboxes cool with an insulated bag and ice brick.

  • Fruit salad: chop a variety of seasonal fruit. To prevent fruit from going brown, add a few drops of lemon juice
  • 1 serve of yoghurt
  • 1 slice of banana and strawberry bread

Banana & Strawberry Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons (90g) reduced fat plain yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 medium bananas, roughly mashed
  • 2 – 3 strawberries, sliced and quartered

Method:

  • Pre-heat an oven to 160 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to combine yoghurt, oil, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and eggs.
  • Add mashed banana (I like to leave a few good chunks) and mix through well. Fold through flour and strawberries, without beating.
  • If the mixture is a little dry (which it might be if your bananas are small), add a little extra oil.
  • Place the mixture in a greased loaf tin and place in pre-heated oven for 45min.
  • Turn the oven off an allow bread to sit in the oven for a further 15mins before removing and placing on a wire cooling rack.

 

Lebanese bread chips 

  • Pre-heat an oven to 180 degrees.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over 1 large wholemeal Lebanese bread, sprinkle with dried herbs, cut into 8ths.
  • Place in the oven for 5 – 10mins, until the bread begins to golden.
  • Serve with an oven roasted chicken leg and side salad.
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  • These are some excellent ideas. Love the Lebanese bread chips.

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  • Great recipes. I would love to try banana bread.

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  • Thanks for sharing this interesting and informative article; good recipes too. Looking forward to making and tasting the banana and strawberry bread.

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  • Good recipes, and they look like things the kids would actually eat! Always good to find new things to try in the lunchboxes!

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  • this is a very informative and helpful article

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  • what a great recipe – thanks

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  • Thanks I make banana bread all of the time but I have never thought of putting strawberry into it. Will have to give this a go.

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  • Thanks for sharing the recipes

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  • Always looking for new ideas.

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  • Some new ideas for me to try thank you so much

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  • Love the banana and strawberry bread. Great idea for a healthy lunchbox. Kids get sick of the same sandwiches all the time.

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  • Great to learn new ideas of lunch box

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  • cool ideas will be adding these to my daughters lunch bag menu :)

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  • Thanks for the great recipes & tips! I love reading information that I can use with my 2 little ones.

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  • Here is something a little different. Nice.

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