2 Different Lunchboxes, Same Fillers

We are very lucky that at the monster's school children from reception up to year 2 get free school meals, this doesn't mean that we don't have pack ups though! I'm not sure how it came about but it has become somewhat of a 'tradition' that Thursdays are packed lunch days, and now with 2 mini monsters at school, who never want the same, for no other reason than to be generally awkward, it's going to get tough to fill the lunchboxes with yummy and exciting fillers without breaking the bank! Then along came the #FloraLunchboxChallenge...

I like to think, without tooting my own horn, that I am one of those parents that get's the lunchbox right, because did you know that only 1.6% of children in England receive a packed lunch that meets nutritional standards. And that just 17% of children’s lunches contain any kind of vegetables or salad.

Alongside this researchers found that 60% of packed lunches contain a packet of crisps and 52% contained some form of confectionary. I'll hold my hands up and say that each week the monsters lunchbox contains one of these, but I also think that as the rest of their lunchbox is balanced a small treat at lunch time once a week is not going to harm them!

We looked at the lunchbox meal planner together and they both chose what they would like. Different, as I knew would happen! One wanted pitta bread, the other wanted bagels, of course! I didn't let this stop us and so doubled the challenge to come up with 2 different lunchboxes, using generally the same fillers (without the monsters knowing!) 

Here is what was on my shopping list: 

Pitta Bread
Flora Light
1x small hand picked snack/yoghurt/treat

Lunchbox 1. 

1/2 Bagel with Flora spread, tuna and sweetcorn
Pitta chips (made from 1/2 a pitta bread) and mayo dip
Banana and Strawberries fruit pot with Nutella dip
1x small hand picked snack/yoghurt/treat
Bottle of water

Lunchbox 2.

1/2 a pitta bread filled with tuna mayo and sweetcorn
Toasted bagel quarters (made from 1/2 a bagel) spread with Nutella
Strawberries and Banana fruit pot 
Snack from our snack box
Bottle of water

Right now, Flora are making it easier than ever before for parents to provide healthy balanced packed lunches with the introduction of their lunchbox guide and meal planner,  every tub of Flora contains plant oils, and is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. All these essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children, so they kinda know what they are talking about when it comes to providing healthy choices for our kids.


And if you are still stuck for ideas then why not check out the Healthy Kids section on the Flora website, from lunchbox recipes to tips to get your kids to eat veggies it's all over there, so really do go and check it out!


  1. Lovely post that makes me want to try new ideas. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  2. Your packed lunches look really healthy! :)


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