As most mums know, a sandwich rarely suffices when it comes to filling the little ones’ tums at lunchtime. These quick additions will bulk out their lunchbox without adding much time to your day

Image: 9 super-quick no-cook additions to their lunchboxes

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1. Veggies and dip

An easy way to get your kids to eat their veggies – slice carrots, cucumber and celery lengthwise and pack with either houmous or tzatziki for dipping.

Veggie and dip

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2. Sugar snap peas

You might usually throw them into a stirfry, but raw sugar snaps make a delicious sweet snack with satisfying crunch.

Sugar snap peas

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3. Apple slices with peanut butter

Your kids will love the savoury/sweet combo of this light snack. Simply cut large chunks of apple and spread peanut butter generously on top. You can also try this with sliced celery too.

* Check your school’s policy on including nuts in your child’s lunch box.

Apple slices with peanut butter

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4. Wholegrain bites

The kids will think they have crisps in their lunchbox but you’ll know that these wholegrain bites are a healthier alternative.


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5. Melon and pineapple chunks

Slice melon and pineapple into bite-sized chunks for a touch of tropical goodness in their lunches.

Melon and pineapple chunks

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6. Ham and cheese wrap n’ rolls

Pack a serving of deli ham or turkey with thinly sliced cheese that your child can wrap together and eat with their hands.

Ham and cheese wrap

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7. Trail mix with a twist

Add unsalted popcorn together with almonds, walnuts and pecans that your child can eat straight from a sandwich bag. If you fancy, add raisins or their favourite dried fruit to the mix too.

* Check your school’s policy on including nuts in your child’s lunch box

Trail mix

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8. Avocado crackers

Replace cheese with avocado for this quick snack. Slice thin pieces of ripe avocado, squeeze with lemon to prevent browning, and serve between two wholegrain crackers.


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9. Grapes

Grapes were made for grazing, so pop in a handy-sized grab bag for the kids to nibble on at lunchtime or as an afternoon snack.


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