Banish boring sandwiches for good with these healthy back-to-school lunchbox ideas. The best bit? They don’t require any manic morning prep.

Swap the snacks


Ditch the packets of crisps and give your kids healthy, tasty snacks instead! There are loads of healthy grab & go options out there now that the kids will love. We love Emily's Crisps pineapple crisps or Pip & Nut peanut butter sachets, perfect with apple slices or oatcakes.

Turn roasted veggies into a tasty lunch


Meal prep can seem intimidating, but luckily it doesn’t have to be a day-long logistical nightmare. For a healthy make-ahead meal, simply roast a big batch of everyone’s favourite vegetables. Pop them in the fridge along with some cooked quinoa, and there you have it – healthy lunches that’ll last all week.

Check out some more great meal prep hacks at Gimme Delicious

Think outside the box with a bento lunch

Stuck for lunch inspiration? Think outside the box with the help of a bento. These Japanese-inspired lunch boxes keep food items separate, making it easy to include a colourful range of healthy goodies that your little one will actually want to eat.

For some gluten-free bento ideas, check out these tasty lunch ideas from The Nourishing Gourmet

Make fresh fruit fun


If your child has a habit of returning their fruit untouched, it might be time to shake things up.
Using a cookie cutter to prepare fruits like apples, pears and bananas slices into is a surefire way of making them more appetising – just make sure you brush them with a little lemon juice to keep them fresh. Or for a special treat, why not try dipping tangerine slices in melted dark chocolate.

Find the recipe at BBC Good Food