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Only around one in a hundred packed lunches in England meet children’s nutritional needs. A balanced diet is about eating lots of different foods to get the nutrients you need, and it’s hard to get that variety into lunchboxes (but much easier to do in a hot meal). So if you’re going down the packed lunch route, be prepared to put in a fair bit of time and effort.
The cost of a decent packed lunch varies a lot depending on where you shop, but if you’re smart about preparing lunchbox foods in batches, it’s possible to do it very economically. But don’t forget to factor in the effort that good packed lunches take – school meals might seem more expensive, but they do save a lot of time.
What should my child’s packed lunch include?