Poppy's lunchbox

Written by Ellen Lees
Ellen Lees
Nutritionist Resource Content Team

Have you ever wondered what a nutritionist would say about your child's lunchbox? For our Loveable Lunchboxes campaign, we asked parents to share examples of lunchboxes they put together and asked nutrition professionals to share their feedback. Here, nutritionist Paula Hallam offers feedback on Poppy's lunchbox.

What's in Poppy's lunchbox?

Poppy is seven years old. In her lunchbox, there is a marmite wholemeal sandwich, a banana, some chopped strawberries, raisins and a Yeo Valley yoghurt.

What does the expert say?

"I would give this three out of five," says nutritionist Paula Hallam.

"It's not bad but could do with a few improvements."

What swaps could be made?

Paula offers the following tips to bring the rating up:

  • As there are three fruit options and no veggies, instead of the raisins I would try to add a vegetable such as carrot sticks or celery with a cream cheese, houmous or peanut butter dip to add a good dose of 'fill-me-up' protein and good fats.
  • Alternatively, I would add a protein-packed filling into the wholemeal sandwich such as houmous, cream cheese and smoked salmon, or peanut butter.

Further support

If you'd like to speak to a professional about children's nutrition, you can use our search tool to find a nutrition professional today. We have more information on balanced diets for kids on our healthy eating for children hub, as well as more ideas for lunchboxes.

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