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Back to School: Five Healthy Sandwiches for School Lunches

By: Melissa Fine, 15 July 2022

It's that time of year again, back to school, and we know what most of you are probably thinking...lunchboxes!

Do you need some lunchbox inspiration? Here are five easy sandwich ideas for school lunch boxes that you may not have thought of, and chances are you already have most of the ingredients on-hand! These healthy and tasty lunchbox ideas mean there'll be no coming home from school with an untouched sandwich either. 

Five Healthy Sandwiches for School Lunches

What Kind of Bread Should I Use for School Lunches?

Wholemeal or better yet, light rye bread make more nutritious alternatives to highly refined white bread. Or for kids with more sophisticated palates, try soy and linseed bread or a light sourdough. Wraps work well with these fillings too. 

1. Sunflower Seed Butter 

Lunchbox sandwiches
Looking for a nut-free alternative for school lunch boxes?


Nut-free policies have taken away the option of the good old peanut butter sandwich, but a substitute you may not have thought of is sunflower seed butter. With a nice nutty flavour, this slightly sweet, slightly savoury spread makes a wholesome school-friendly sandwich filling. It'll give your little one some protein to tide them over, and it's also rich in healthy fats and energising B vitamins. You could add a little strawberry jam too. Look for Eskal Freenut Butter in the health aisle at the supermarket, or Ceres Organics Sunflower Butter at health food stores. 

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2. Vegemite and Cheese

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Vegemite and cheese is a killer combo for school lunch boxes!


If your little one is a vegemite fan, why not pair this B vitamin-rich Aussie spread with a few slices of their favourite cheese for something more substantial? An easy way to get more calcium into them too. 

3. Hummus and Cucumber

Hummus sandwich
Hummus and cucumber sandwiches. 


Hummus makes a fibre-rich, filling spread, and the cucumber adds some crunch factor and gets some veg in. So that the bread doesn't go soggy, spread the hummus on both bread slices, and place the sliced cucumber on top. 

4. Chicken and Avocado

A great way to use up a leftover roast chicken from last night's dinner, this high protein filling will keep the kids going for hours. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to the avo so it doesn't go brown by the time they're ready to eat their sambo...and don't forget the ice pack!

5. Cream Cheese, Banana and Honey 

banana sandwiches
Yummy banana sandwiches are loaded with good vitamins.


A high energy sandwich that's perfect before an afternoon of sport or a ballet class. We also love that it's easy to make, but the kids will think it's a bit special. Pro-tip: Add a squeeze of lemon juice onto the banana slices so they don't go brown...and provided you don't go overboard with the honey - this makes a nutritious sandwich filling; the natural sweetness of the banana means a teaspoon of honey is all you'll need. 

What's your go-to sandwich filling for the lunchbox? We'd love more ideas, please share the love in the Comments! 

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