What to include in your child's lunchbox

A healthier lunchbox should:

be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks

Eatwell Guideshows you how to have a healthy balanced diet and can help you decide what to put in your child's lunchbox.

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