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happylittlefish Sun 26-Jun-16 20:03:03

Ds9 usually has school dinners but has switched to packed lunch. So far I'm thinking -
Wholemeal sandwich
Some fruit
Yogurt/fridge raiders
Crisps/chocolate biscuit

Is this okay? Or will the treat every day harm him (probs over reacting but I don't want to jeopardize his health)? He is a skinny little thing.

What do your kids take in their lunch boxes??

dementedpixie Sun 26-Jun-16 20:05:47

Ds takes a sandwich or brioche roll or bagel, a yoghurt, fruit (strawberries and grapes are his favourite) and a biscuit thing (mini biscuits or square bar, etc) plus a bottle of water.

happylittlefish Sun 26-Jun-16 20:10:42

dementedpixie, could I ask what yogurt your ds takes? I'm not sure which ones to get

ColeslawSandwich Sun 26-Jun-16 20:14:43

My DD 5yrs has a sandwich/wrap, some fruit and a vegetable eg tomatoes, cucumber etc.

ColeslawSandwich Sun 26-Jun-16 20:15:51

i should've mentioned that the school only allows treats like crisps, boscuits etc for a snack on Fridays only.

SolsburyHell Sun 26-Jun-16 20:19:59

DS age 4 takes cheese or tuna wholemeal sandwich or wrap, some cherry tomatoes/cucumber/olives, some blueberries/raspberries, a small yoghurt (little Yeo normally), and a packet of kiddie type crisps -Pom bears etc. I don't beat myself up about the crisps, he's healthy.

dementedpixie Sun 26-Jun-16 21:14:29

Mine used to take the pouch yoghurts with the screw off top - tesco does them and probably other places. I don't like frubes as they can explode and go everywhere. Now ds takes a munch bunch or petit filous larger pot of yoghurt and a spoon. I put the pot and spoon in a freezer bag in case of explosions.

PeaceOfWildThings Sun 26-Jun-16 21:19:14

Babybell or cheese strings are a good alternative to yogurts sometimes.

Wraps and filled pittas (we like the wholemeal Warbutons ones) are a good change from everyday sandwiches.

A treat (or 3, or more) every day is ESSENTIAL to build up a skinny child.

Give a nutritious drink too, not just water.

starry0ne Sun 26-Jun-16 21:20:36

My DS only did packed lunches for half term... I sometimes did tuna pasta salad. I often put cheese or sausage rolls , quiche or stuff like that instead of crisps every day

Possibilityofanisland Sun 26-Jun-16 21:22:54

My DC usually have a piece of cheese, some salami or cooked chicken, a little pit of seeds, chopped cucumber and tomatoes, olives and some berries.

They are not allowed any form of chocolate.

ThisIsNotARealAvo Sun 26-Jun-16 21:26:31

Mine only have packed lunch for trips as we have universal free meals here, but I give them a cheese or ham sandwich, usually brown bread but whatever we have. Crisps, something like a 2 finger kit kat, an apple and a smaller box with grapes or strawberries. I avoid yoghurt as its so messy. Water or sometimes juice. Schools do come across as fussy, but are not massively policing lunch boxes unless a child is bringing a pack of Maryland biscuits and nothing else (we see this quite a lot where I work).

PeaceOfWildThings Sun 26-Jun-16 21:30:42

A hard boiled egg is another good 'side' option. Put into a small plastic box in the shell. (They can shake it in the nox when ready to eat, it breaks the surface of the shell up and will slide off much more easily than trying to pick bits off).

Black beans or lentils with a little spice/sauce and their favourite veggies appeals to some children.

Hummous and bread sticks also good.

Mandolinoparadiso Mon 27-Jun-16 11:45:52

DS has a sandwich/breadsticks with hummus/piece of quiche, a babybel or piece of cheese, fruit, sometimes a flapjack or homemade muffin, and a frozen Frube which helps keep everything cold and is much less messy than a yogurt.

ThereIsIron Mon 27-Jun-16 12:01:39

Ours have Sandwich/Choc chip brioche, fruit/yoghurt raisins, chocolate biscuit (Penguin/Club/Twix, etc.), and cheese/pepperami

AnotherUsernameBitesTheDust Mon 27-Jun-16 12:06:00

Sandwich or roll. (Cheese & pickle is the current favourite)
Cherry tomatoes
Cereal bar.

willfuckformichilenstarfood Mon 27-Jun-16 12:28:57

My Step DC has (and I'm not happy about it - roll on school lunch box rules)


happylittlefish Wed 29-Jun-16 07:01:01

Ds9 has got today:
- Wholemeal chicken wrap
- Apple
- Grapes
- Satsuma
- Mini roll
- Bottle of water


user1465823522 Wed 29-Jun-16 07:18:15

our kids school has lunchbox rules - no sugar, no biscuits and no crisps.

our oldest likes to take pasta or something rice based with her, while the younger ones are really into finger rolls and wraps or crackers and cheese.

only water is allowed by school so that is what they get,.

insancerre Wed 29-Jun-16 07:27:30

I run a nursery and the children bring in packed lunches

We promote healthy eating and your packed lunch woyuldnt meet our requirements
Too much processed food and not enough healthy stuff

Wholemeal sandwich
Some fruit -both fine

Yogurt/fridge raiders
Crisps/chocolate biscuit- none of this is in the least bit healthy
The yoghurt would be OK if there was more fruit or some veg like carrot sticks, celery, tomatoes, cucumber etc

We would put the fridge raiders and crisps and chocolate biscuits back in his lunch box and offer some of our fruit instead
Cheese cubes are good and humus and crackers to dip
Quails eggs are also good and easy to peel

spanieleyes Wed 29-Jun-16 09:07:00

We had one child bring in a Swiss roll-family sized-and nothing else!

TrappedNerve Wed 29-Jun-16 10:33:07

Dd is in reception and alternates between packed lunches and school lunches as she's super fussy.
Typical packed lunch is-
Carton of Ribena light or fresh orange
Either small packet of crisps such as Pom bears or a small treat like a freddo or 2 biscuits.

The school don't police the lunch boxes apart from peanut products being a no no and have healthy snacks only at breaks and water available all day.

She eats a sensible breakfast and tea and treats are fine in moderation.
Some schools are super strict from what I've read on here.

TheSkiingGardener Wed 29-Jun-16 10:50:32

I try to go for five things

A fruit
A vegetable
A treaty item (a yo-yo, raisins, occasionally crisps or a small choc bar)
A drink, water or diluted fruit juice

bombayflambe Wed 29-Jun-16 10:59:42

dd(11) who is tiny but very active takes:
Two wraps or one round of sandwiches, containing cheese or meat, lettuce and cucumber.
a pot of cherry tomatoes.
A pot of jelly with tinned fruit in (peaches or mandarins). I make these up weekly: a pint of sugar free jelly does 5 pots.
A brioche or flapjack.
An apple or some sliced melon or a pot of berries.
A (small carton) long life milk shake.
Bottle of water.

Socksey Wed 29-Jun-16 12:30:12

My 7yo has on average:
ham or ham/cheese sandwich or less often sausage roll / pie
biscuit / cake / bar
sometimes more stuff than that... bearing in mind he has home-made pancakes for breakfast with fruit juice, and a dinner which includes meat and at least 4 portions of veg and then a large cup of milk before bed...
My main concern is that enough food is eaten throughout the day as we leave the house at 0700 and don't get back until almost 1700.
Yes, there may be more snacky stuff than I'd like but I rather calories going in to the child... and there is an order that stuff must be eaten... so if food comes back at the end of the day, the sandwich and apple must be eaten but the rest, I'm less bothered about.

feelingmiffed Wed 29-Jun-16 12:36:28

Ds (7) usually has cream cheese and ham wrap, frube, crisps, fruit/ veg sticks, a pudding and apple juice

Not the healthiest but pl

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