School Lunchbox Mastery: Fussy-Eater Approved Ideas for Stress-Free Mornings

As the school season dawns, the return of lunchbox duties can trigger a mix of anticipation and apprehension for parents. Fear not, for our series is here to infuse lunch prep with excitement, creativity, and nourishment that pleases even the pickiest palates.

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Guiding Tips for Crafting Delightful Lunchboxes:


1. Involve Your Junior Chef:


Transform lunch prep into a shared adventure. Let your little chef lend a hand in crafting their own lunchbox masterpiece – it’s an excellent way to spark interest and creativity.


2. Balanced Brilliance:


Lay the foundation for healthy eating habits by including a variety of food groups. Our Dinosaur Ham Sandwiches, Dino Cheese Bites, and a mix of fruits are a delightful combination of flavours and nutrients.


3. Playful Presentation:


Turn lunch into a playful feast with dino-themed treats. The whimsy of Dinosaur Ham Sandwiches, accompanied by Dino Cheese Bites and a captivating Boiled Dino Egg, is sure to tickle your child’s imagination. Use other animal or themes for more inspiration!


4. Fruit Fusion:


To make the balanced lunch and help kids feel fuller for longer add 1 to 2 fruit sources such as chopped apples and grapes.


5. Budget-Friendly Wins:


Discover how easy it is to create nutritious and exciting lunches without breaking the bank. Our fuss-free ideas are not only kid-approved but also wallet-friendly.

‘Animal’ sandwiches

Lily Murray
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2


  • 4 slices of 50/50 Bread
  • 20 g Butter
  • 2 slices of Ham
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg
  • 20 g Red Leicester cheese
  • 1 Handful Green Grapes
  • 1 Apple


  • Spread butter thinly over the bread.
  • Cut the bread with your favourite sandwich cutter
  • Layer the ham over one piece of bread and layer the other slice of bread.
  • Use a sandwich sealer to seal the edges, or use a fork to press the edges down..
  • Boil an egg for 12 minutes till its hard boiled.
  • Once cool, remove the shell and put aside for the lunchbox.
  • Cut the cheese into squares and use a smaller cutter to make cheese shapes!
  • Slice the apple into segments and add into you lunchbox alongside the grapes.
  • Add in all your items in anyway you’d like.


Allergies: Egg, Diary and Gluten. You can substitute the bread for a gluten free alternative, and the butter and cheese with a plant based alternative.
Top Tip:
Keep the crust on the bread and skin on the apples for extra nutrients, and save time!

Embrace the art of crafting lunchbox magic and make school mornings shine with excitement. Stay tuned for a wave of fussy-eater friendly lunchbox inspiration that delights taste buds!  personalised guidance on creating a positive mealtime environment, be sure to explore our online course and consider accessing our personalised 1:1 packages. Let’s work together to make school lunchtimes a fun and happy experience for your child.

Written by Dr Kirsty Porter, Children’s Dietitian. 

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