Week one | Lunchbox menus for 5-8 year olds

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Pepperoni and mozzarella pitta pockets
Print out and keep these handy menus for a month's worth of new ideas for kids' lunchboxes, including nutritional information and an estimated cost of each lunch - great if you're on a budget! Click on the highlighted menu items for recipes.

Monday's menu

Average cost: £0.60

Nutrition information:
Energy 521 kcals
Fat 11.6g
Carbohydrate 84.9g
Sodium 578mg
Protein 25.1g
Saturates 4.6g
NME* sugars 7.6g
Salt 1.4g

Tuesday's menu

  • Melon and satsuma kebabs
  • Soy milk, banana and strawberry smoothie
  • Salmon and rice salad (with peas, sweetcorn and spring onion)

Average cost: £0.91

Nutrition information:
Energy 419 kcals
Fat 8.1g
Carbohydrate 68.2g
Sodium 293mg
Protein 22.5g
Saturated fats 1.4g
NME* sugars 0g
Salt 0.7g

Wednesday's menu

  • 3 oatcakes with Red Leicester cheese
  • Chutney
  • Reduced-salt ham
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Fruit in jelly
  • Dried apricots
  • Semi-skimmed milk

Average cost: £1.25

Nutrition information:
Energy 532 kcals
Fat 15.5g
Carbohydrate 82.2g
Sodium 668mg
Protein 21.3g
Saturates 7.5g
NME* sugars 8.6g
Salt 1.6g

Thursday's menu

Average cost: £1.88

Nutrition information:
Energy 513 kcals
Fat 13.7g
Carbohydrate 68.4g
Sodium 668mg
Protein 33.2g
Saturates 4.8g
NME* sugars 0.6g
Salt 1.7g

Friday's menu

Average cost: £1.20

Nutrition information:
Energy 505 kcals
Fat 5.3g
Carbohydrate 93.9g
Sodium 148mg
Protein 25.6g
Saturates 1.4g
NME* sugars 13g
Salt 0.4g
  • NME Sugars: non-milk extrinsic sugars

Non-milk extrinsic (NME) sugars are one of the different types of sugars. These include the sugar we buy in shops and the sugars that are added to some foods and drinks, especially cakes, biscuits, sweets, squashes and sugary fizzy drinks. NME sugars are also found in fruit juice. We should try not to have too much of NME sugars because they can cause tooth decay. These are different to intrinsic sugars, which are found naturally in foods such as whole fruit and vegetables, and milk - we don't need to avoid intrinsic sugars.

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