Back to school lunch tips to make healthy eating easy

By Ofa Fitzgibbons

1 February 2018

4 minute read

avocado and salad sandwich on a piece of brown paper

Sambo’s getting you down? Keep lunchboxes interesting by mixing it up with salads or rice paper rolls.

It’s the time of year again where parents battle the early morning rush at home and in the car to get kids back to school.

It can be stressful ticking off the to-do list of having uniforms ready, brushing teeth, making beds and having school bags packed, ready to go. On top of that, there’s school lunches.  Deciding on what to pack for fussy eating little humans can be a parent’s worst nightmare. #lunchboxanxietyisreal

But battling lunchboxes doesn’t need to be like battling the 40km zone near the school drop off zone. In fact, with a little planning, creating healthy and nutritious meals can be a relatively painless process that the whole family can enjoy.

Here are our top tips for keeping everyone healthy for this new school year:

Here’s a simple recipe that is a great lunch box filler

Zucchini Slice – make a double batch and freeze for lunch (or dinner!)

The recipe includes three types of vegetables, serves four hungry mouths and takes 40 minutes to make.



  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and line a 30x20cm pan with baking paper.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat and fry onion for 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  3. In a large bowl combine grated zucchini, grated carrot, grated cheddar, onion, whisked eggs and self-raising flour and mix until combined.
  4. Pour into lined baking tray and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and golden on top.
  5. Serve with a green salad.

Creating healthy habits for the whole year

There are resources available to help parents and their families create healthy habits for the year. One resource includes our VegEze app which features a 21-day ‘Do 3 at Dinner’ challenge, aimed at helping you to eat three types of vegetables at dinner (or lunch!) every day.

Currently only available on iOS (but coming soon to Android!), the app provides handy hints on vegetable serving sizes and recipe tips so going back to school and work doesn’t have to mean going back to unhealthy habits.

Eat it up

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