ALDI has some suggestions for your lunchbox nightmares

It’s that time of year again when eight million children are heading back to school and parents face the dilemma of what to pack their little ones for lunch. With the average parent planning 190 lunches each school year, it’s easy to run out of inspiration.

Discount supermarket Aldi is here to give a helping-hand with their range of healthy lunchbox options that all fit within the NHS’ guidelines.

Further to this, Aldi recently removed all added sugar from its entire range of own brand children’s soft drinks. This provides parents with a whole host of healthier options to add to the lunchbox each school day.

Lunchboxes should:

  • Be based on starchy carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, rice and pasta using wholegrain where possible
  • 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 yogurt (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

Option 1 – Chicken wrap

  • Sliced chicken breast 150g – £1.69
  • Mini Tortilla Wraps 8 Pack  (75700) £0.49
  • Classic fruit salad 200g (80412) £0.99
  • Squidgy pouches fromage frais 80g pack of 4 – £0.75
  • Fruity water (No added sugar) 250ml pack of 6 – £0.99

Option 2 – Tuna mayonnaise and sweetcorn bagel

  • Tuna steaks in oil or brine 200g – £0.89
  • Mayonnaise glass jar 475g (47867) £0.59
  • Sweetcorn 326g (8966) £0.39
  • Bagel 5 pack (81228) £0.79
  • Fruity water (No added sugar) 250ml pack of 6 – £0.99

Option 3 – Reduced fat houmous with brown sandwich thins

  • Houmous 200g (4956) £0.59
  • Brown sandwich thins 6 pack- £0.59
  • Sliced cucumber (51062) £0.44
  • Mini snack raisins 14g pack of 12 – £0.69
  • Cranberry Light Juice Drink 1 litre (9952) £0.59

Author: Laura

A 70's child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way. I work, I have four children, I have a dog… ergo, I do not do dusting or ironing. I began LittleStuff back in (gulp) 2004. I like huge mugs of tea. And Coffee. And Cake. And a steaming cone of crispy fresh fluffy chips, smothered in salt and vinegar. #healthyeater When I grow up I am going to be quietly graceful, organised and wear lipstick every day. In the meantime I *may* have a slight butterfly-brain issue.

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