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Week four | Lunchbox menus for 5-8 year olds

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Monday's menu



Average cost: £1.12

Nutrition information:
Energy 589 kcals
Fat 26.0g
Carbohydrate 72.7g
Sodium 426mg
Protein 28.4g
Saturates 5.3g
NME* sugars 1.4g
Salt 1.1g

Tuesday's menu

  • Chicken couscous salad (with roasted red peppers and courgette)
  • Low-fat fromage frais
  • Cheese scone
  • Two plums
  • Apple juice


Average cost: £1.19

Nutrition information:
Energy 568 kcals
Fat 10.8g
Carbohydrate 103.2g
Sodium 429mg
Protein 28.2g
Saturates 3.2g
NME* sugars 0g
Salt 1.1g

Wednesday's menu



Average cost: £1.75

Nutrition information:
Energy 505 kcals
Fat 16.0g
Carbohydrate 78.3g
Sodium 589mg
Protein 19.1g
Saturates 3.3g
NME* sugars 5.9g
Salt 1.5g

Thursday's menu

  • Corned beef sandwich
  • Low-fat soft cheese with vegetable dippers (cucumber sticks, red and green pepper strips)
  • Banana
  • Yogurt drink


Average cost: £1.13

Nutrition information:
Energy 478 kcals
Fat 13.6g
Carbohydrate 71.8g
Sodium 509mg
Protein 23.1g
Saturates 4.7g
NME* sugars 6.3g
Salt 1.3g

Friday's menu

  • Chilli bean rice salad (made with rice, kidney beans, spring onion, yellow pepper, celery and sweet chilli sauce)
  • Crabsticks
  • Low-fat fruit yogurt
  • Scotch pancake
  • Box of raisins
  • Bottle of water


Average cost: £1.18

Nutrition information:
Energy 474 kcals
Fat 6.5g
Carbohydrate 90.3g
Sodium 445mg
Protein 19.4g
Saturates 1.6g
NME* sugars 1.2g
Salt 1.1g
  • 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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