Packing healthy lunches

Packing healthy lunches

Well-nourished kids are more likely to get the energy and nutrients they need to grow, be active and do well in school.

Packing a healthy, well-balanced lunch and snacks for your school-aged kids isn’t always easy, but there are resources to help.

Here are some tips.

  • Include foods from at least three of the four food groups listed in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Include a couple of nutritious drinks - for example, water, white milk or 100% fruit juice.
  • If your child’s school follows a balanced school day schedule, pack separate bags for each break and label them Break 1 and Break 2.
  • Use an insulated lunch bag and include an ice pack or frozen juice box to help the food stay cold until the second break.

Eat Right Ontario has lots of resources dealing with school lunches, including this video on quick and easy lunch ideas, these frequently asked questions and this fact sheet about peanut-free lunches and snacks.

In addition to what you find on the website, you can speak with a Registered Dietitian- free of charge - by calling 1-877-510-510-2, Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. The line is open until 9 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Or, send a question via email.

Providing your child with a nutritious and balanced lunch everyday can be difficult to afford for some families. Find out if your child’s school offers any snack programs to help with this.  If the school serves healthy snacks you can build that into your planning. This may cut down on the amount of food you need to send and avoid wasted food. Check out our topic Getting access to affordable food for more ideas.


This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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