How to Make Your Family’s Lunch Boxes Healthier

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As little ones head back to school and you go back to work, you might be wondering how you can make your family’s lunch boxes a little healthier, well we have a few ideas.

We all know the benefits of five-a-day, however, with our busy lifestyles, it can be hard to work out when and how to fit these in. Fresh fruit gets bruised when it’s chucked into your work bag in the morning, and veggies take a lot of prep work and can go off quickly (even in the fridge!). However, did you know that 30g of dried fruit counts as one of your five-a-day portions?

Here are three easy ways you can make your family’s lunches more tasty and nutritious with dried fruit…


Raisins have always been known as a simple and convenient snack for kids’ lunchboxes. Bursting with fruity goodness, a box of raisins counts as one of your five a day and contains key nutrients for children’s growth and development including vitamin B, iron, and antioxidants. Raisins are also a great source of fibre, helping to keep little ones’ energy levels balanced throughout the school day. Mix them into peanut butter and spread onto rice crackers for snack that is high in protein and fibre, or simply have a Whitworths Sunny Raisin pack in your bag for a little snack!  


Whitworths SHOTS are a tasty, healthy snack that is great for anytime of the day. Perfect as part of a healthier routine, there’s plenty of yummy flavour combinations to choose from including juicy dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate. A great source of fibre and ideal for lunch boxes, make SHOTS your go-to-goodness as you head back to school or work. 


Adding dried fruit to salads is an easy way to boost nutrition and flavour. Taking inspiration from Middle Eastern and North African dishes, stir sultanas and chopped apricots through spicy pilaf rice or toss them into Moroccan couscous. For days when you don’t have time to prepare a salad, Whitworths Protein By Nature Moroccan Grains is an easy grab-and-go lunch. Ready to eat in two minutes, the delicious recipe contains 20g of protein and includes nutritious dates and raisins. 


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