Back to school - healthy lunchbox ideas

02 September 2019

Back to school - healthy lunchbox ideas

It's September and it’s back-to-school time, which means that it’s also the return of the daily challenge of what to put in the school lunchbox.

When it comes to adding variety to lunchtimes, it can be hard finding healthy options that won't linger too long in the bottom of the school lunchbox. If you want to avoid the temptation of filling the lunchbox with pre-packed snacks, crisps and chocolate treats, we’ve created a shopping list of tempting healthy alternatives.


  • Yoghurt raisins. These make for a great sweet tasting snack at break times and are a great way of keeping little ones going.
  • Sourdough bread. While sandwiches at lunchtime are an easy option, they really don’t need to be boring. Try nutritious sourdough bread for added interest.
  • Mortadella meat. This is the perfect sandwich filling. Shake up the normal sandwich routine and try out this tasty Italian cold cut.
  • Lincolnshire Poacher cheddar. This is great as a sandwich filling or cubed as a snack.
  • Dried apple rings and banana chips. These are a great healthy alternative to crisps (Added bonus: they can be found in the Unpackaged section of Welbeck Farm Shop so you’re doing your bit for the environment too).
  • Carrot sticks or tomatoes. These are an easy way of helping kids to get their five-a-day.
  • Apples. Don’t forget to add in some seasonal fruit. We recommend the juicy apples currently in stock in Welbeck Farm Shop, which have been harvested from orchards at nearby Retford and Southwell.
  • Fresh orange juice – no lunchbox would be complete without a drink. Did you know Welbeck Farm Shop has fresh juice available from its squeezing machine in store? It has no additives, plus if you bring your own re-usable bottle there’s no extra packaging so you’ll also be helping the environment and supporting Zero Waste Week. The national campaign, which takes place between 2-6 September, aims to encourage more people to reduce their waste and look at how they can make a difference. It is hoped more people will ditch single-use products, re-think their use of packaging and recycle more. 

This shopping list, plus plenty more options, can be found right now in Welbeck Farm Shop. The shop is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.