The Department of Health and Human Services’ Pick & Mix 1-6 poster provides a range of ideas and practical tips to inspire families to create healthy school lunchboxes

Pick and mix one tasty option from each of the five core food groups to create a healthy lunchbox every day:

  1. Fruit (eg fresh, frozen, pureed and canned in natural juice)
  2. Vegetables, legumes and beans
  3. Milk, yoghurt, cheese and alternatives
  4. Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, and legumes/beans
  5. Grain (cereal) foods
  6. Plain water 

Snack ideas for 3yo kinder could include:

  • Cut up fruit/banana
  • Half a sandwich/wrap
  • Homemade muffin/biscuit/slice
  • Dry biscuits with cheese/Vegemite
  • Raw veggies with hummus
  • Saltanas/dried fruit
  • Popcorn

Try to avoid or limit anything in wrapping/packets, processed ‘kids’ snacks, sweets/lollies or chocolates and tubs of yoghurt.