How to stop packed lunch fatigue & 10 alternatives to sandwiches

Packed Lunch Fatigue & 10 Alternatives To Sandwiches

Most schools now offer hot school meals but there are still many parents, especially those with younger children that have to make a packed lunch during termtime.

Research from Cheestrings has shown that 65% of mums get packed lunch fatigue just 6 days into the new term and on average kids throw away half of their lunchbox every day because the content are "dull, uncool and unappealing", averaging £40 worth of food a term.

What items do kids throw away the most?

  • Vegetables
  • Home-made leftovers
  • Wrong flavour

What are someone lunch box favourites?

  • Yoghurt
  • Cheese Snacks
  • Sweet Treats

Keeping each meal exciting and nutritious can often be challenging, so we've found some of the best lunchbox inspiration and sandwich alternatives to ensure you've got a variety of lunch box option that look appealing, save time and money but are still healthy.

NHS lunchbox recipes

If you're looking for a really quick way to find alternatives to sandwiches in packed lunch, the NHS lunchbox page has some great tips and a easy to use lunchbox maker.

Top Alternatives To Sandwiches

  1. Hummus dip with pitta bread and vegetable sticks - kids love colourful food and this orangge
  2. Salad
  3. Wrap it up - tortilla wraps are a great alternative to sandwiches and are just as quick and easy to make. 
  4. Bagels
  5. Pasta Salad
  6. Mini Pizzas


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