I recently reviewed a Robbie the Robot lunch box, made by the British company Pink Lining, who also offer other beautifully designed children’s lunch boxes, satchels, bags and holdall bags, as well as baby changing bags and accessories. With the summer holidays approaching, there will be plenty of trips to the park and opportunities for outdoor eating. The start of the new school term will also, no doubt, be here in no time at all. With this in mind, I’ve been challenged to create a healthy packed lunch or lunch box recipe, incorporating plenty of fruit and veg.
Children can quickly get bored of ham or egg mayo sandwiches, so to ‘liven up our lunch’ boxes, I very often make a new potato-based salad or a pasta salad, which can be portioned up into smaller containers ready to go. Our favourite is a miniature new potato salad, with cooked salmon flakes, topped with brightly coloured pomegranate seeds and cubes of fresh cucumber. Other healthy packed lunch ideas include small pieces of cold quiche or tartlets with seasonal vegetables, wraps, homemade fruity banana bread, cheese and marmite swirls and dips, such as hummus, with pita slices, carrot and cucumber sticks. I always add in plenty of fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, or a large piece of fruit such as a ripe peach or pear. My children also like chocolate coated rice cakes as a sweet treat and a drink of either whole milk or oat milk.
You can buy lots of different types of lunch box containers these days, I like the ones with separate compartments, but little pots or plastic cups with lids will also do the trick. Most of my containers are baby weaning pots, perfect for little people’s lunch boxes, too.
You can read a full review of the Robbie the Robot Lunch Box by British-brand Pink Lining, here.
This is a paid recipe commission on behalf of Pink Lining. Lunch box – Robbie the Robot RRP £15
More healthy packed lunch ideas
- Dannii’s The Ultimate Hummus Sandwich
- Jacqueline’s Baby Egg Pies
- Sian’s Butternut Squash Falafel
- Sarah’s Turkey Wraps with Heinz BBQ Sauce
- My own Coronation Turkey Picnic Rolls
- Jamie Oliver’s Rainbow Salad Wrap
- Sarah’s Quinoa, Asparagus Pea and Lemon Salad
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I also like lunch boxes with separate containers. Packed in this type of container, the lunch looks appealing, which helps children and adults maintain interest and enjoy the entire meal.
Fiver Feeds says
Great idea for kind to enjoy their lunch. Also very well illustrated, great work Ren!
I am always in need for lunchbox ideas and I would go for this salad myself, sounds so lovely. Hope all is well with you and your gorgeous little Matthew!
Helene @Croque-Maman says
Such lovely pictures! Thank you for these new ideas, I can’t wait to try them 🙂
Fish Fingers for tea says
We’ve just been lunch box shopping for Izzy ready for September. She will be having school dinners for the majority of the time but I know she will want a packed lunch sometimes, I love the sound of the potato salad with salmon. Thank you for including my falafel!
I love the flavours in your salad, and the pictures look wonderful. Well done for continuing to post whilst caring for little Matthew!
Katie Bryson says
What a stunning post Ren… you transform the humble lunchbox into something pretty special! I love your potato salad recipe… might have to try that for my own lunch now i’m doing more office-based days at the moment. Hope all is well with you and little Matthew…
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours says
Lovely lunch recipe and styling Ren. I think I’ll be having this one for myself too!
Love the box really cute!
Congratulations on the birth of your baby! This is a special time for you. Enjoy these beautiful moments.
Ren Behan says
Thank you Alida, yes I must enjoy every moment 🙂
Deena Kakaya says
My toddler would love that robot box! Great Idea with the fruity bread Ren, I must get onto that x
Ren Behan says
Thanks Deena, lovely lunch boxes. We love the fruity banana bread – well worth a bake!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
Great photos! Thanks for adding my hummus sandwich 🙂
Ren Behan says
Thanks Dannii, you’re welcome x