7 parents share their foolproof school lunches, because we need all the inspiration we can get.

Back-to-school season is well and truly upon us, and we don't blame you if you're dreading the coveted school lunchbox more than anything. 

If it isn't enough that we spent far too much of 2020 and 2021 with kids schooling from home and throwing out our lunching groove, the rules of the modern lunchbox have changed.

Gone are the days of the packet of chips and white bread sandwich combo.

Parents around Australia are levelling up their kid's lunches and we need all the inspiration we can get this time around.

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So, we asked Mamamia readers to share what a packed lunch looks like for their kids.

Here's what they had to share.


"My kids love a bento box (and I find it way easier because I can use whatever I have in the fridge).

"I try to include protein (boiled egg, hummus, chick peas, butter beans, fava beans) and lots of fresh fruit and veggies, plus something salty and crunchy like popcorn, pretzels or chips.

"I make healthy muffins and mini pizzas in advance and pack them straight from the freezer into the lunchbox.

"I always slice apple and pear first and pop them in ice cold water (to stop them going brown) while I pack the rest of the box.

"I also cut the fruit and veg on shopping day and store it in glass containers for the week."

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"This is what I make for my four-year-old at preschool... half cucumber sticks, mini pork chipolata sausages, strawberry yoghurt, cheese stick, seedless black grapes, half a mandarin and some apple slices. Delish!"

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" My go-to lunchbox has a mix of vegemite sandwiches, bananas, apples, homemade cinnamon banana oat muffins, homemade (nut free) trail mix, carrot and cucumber sticks, an apricot bar, or homemade sugar free honey biscuits.

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"A couple of delicious lunchboxes were sent off today! 

" I made these in the morning so they are fresh and delicious with food that matches the needs of the child. 

"This Boxi lunchbox also has an icebrick in the base so I don’t need to worry about food safety issues when it comes to yoghurt. 

"The key to success is plenty of options and making sure it looks delicious."

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"My kids are vegetarian. This is an example of a Bento style lunch box which I find gets eaten better than sandwiches. The brown stuff is veggie sausage. Not pictured is a homemade muffin and a piece of fruit."

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"Here's a typical morning tea and lunch for a four-year-old. Yoghurt in the reusable sachet and a cream cheese wrap cut into triangles as the 'sandwich'."

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"I don’t have a child at school but we have a lunchbox "structure" for my husband that takes out the decision fatigue element. It usually includes a homemade muffin, carrot sticks, a piece of fruit, crackers, and either leftovers or a sandwich."

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