The dreaded Back to School looms over us and now I will be paying for two children’s lunches as they are both going to be in Key Stage 2 thoughts turn to packing the boys up for their lunch.

Recently they have been less and less interested in school dinners and they come home starving after a school lunch, whereas just slightly peckish after a pack up I have sent them with.

Hartley’s Jelly Pots are championing the back to school period by motivating parents to turn their hand to brilliant lunch creations and collect an exclusive Hartley’s lunchbox through its’ collector scheme.

If you collect 12 special edition green lids from across the No Added Sugar Jelly Pots (115g) you can claim a free Harley’s lunchbox and stickers to personalise your lunchbox just like the one above.

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Putting together a quick, easy and nutritious lunchbox can be a challenge for parents.

Here are some ideas of how to make it easier….

  • Variety keeps things interesting. Try alternatives to sandwiches such as wraps, crackers or breadsticks.
  • Make your own pasta salad with cooled cooked pasta, tuna, mayo and red peppers in a little pot with lid.
  • In winter use a flask to send in soup or pasta lunches.
  • Take the opportunity to add some of their 5 a day to the packed lunch with carrot, cucumber or celery sticks and sugar snap peas. All delicious on their own or with dips and a healthy alternative to crisps.
  • Add a piece of fruit for a sweet treat or mix it in with Hartleys sugar free jelly and let set in a plastic tub with a lid to add to the lunchbox.
  • A chocolate treat is always nice – we like fun size bars to keep  the sweet craving at bay!

What tips do you have for a yummy pack lunch for kids? Would love to hear!

This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly.

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4 Responses to Getting creative with lunchboxes… #HartleysYourLunchbox @britmums @Hartleysjelly

  1. I find that lunchboxes with lots of little containers help my two because it feels like lots of little treats!

  2. I’m glad I’m not the only one with a child who comes out of school super hungry when he’s had a school dinner, I really do worry what he’s actually eating because when he’s home he has lunch and then a snack or two before dinner and that satisfy’s him, with school dinners though, he comes out of school and could easily have a lunch all over again as well as dinner and pudding! I’d love to know what they actually get fed!

    On packed lunch days I do the same as you whether depending, I tried doing Bento but I think he’s getting too old for that stage now, it didn’t really work for us but I know it’s worked for lots of others! I usually give him a pot of jelly as a treat, his school won’t allow chooclate – so boring! x

  3. Yes, I always try to mix it up with pittas and wraps as well as sandwiches…it’s hard when you’re doing them every day though isn’t it?

  4. Louise says:

    I have two on school lunches but we tend to pack lunches for trips out on a weekend or during the holidays. They love a well packed lunch and they would love these lunch boxes. Jelly is also a favourite x

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