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Why kids should be involved in lunch box prep

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Food-young child and parent preparing food in kitchen

Kids are more likely to eat their veggies if they help cook them


And all kids deserve to get the minerals and vitamins their growing bodies need. 

So grab your mini chefs and encourage them to fill their lunchboxes with a rainbow of different vegetables.

You might find it makes healthy eating enjoyable for everyone in your household!

Healthy lunch box with cut vegetables being prepared for kids.

Colourful veggies with hummus or an alternative low-salt dip is a quick and affordable school (or office!) snack. They are delicious and packed full of nutrients to give your health a boost. 

Involve your kids in careful washing and chopping of veggies and let them pack some of their lunch box snacks.

Here are some ideas for different types of veggies you can include:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Capsicum
  • Cucumber
  • Snow peas
  • Cherry tomatoes


Raw vegetables are nice and cool to munch on during the summer, and they're great for keeping little tummies full.

  • Video transcript

    [Video begins with text on screen]

    Veggies - get the kids involved in lunch box prep 

    [VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro, begins] 

    Today we're going to prepare some healthy tasty and colorful lunch boxes for work or for school. 

    Getting kids involved in creating their own lunch and chopping up veggies like this is really important.

    Not only does it mean that they learn to be more about their vegetables but also they're much more likely to enjoy them once I get to school. 

    I'm off to work you off to school?

    [Child replies] 


    [Sandro continues] 

    Let's do it! We're gonna end up with none left for work or school you know that don't you?

    [Child replies] 


    [Sound of a carrot crunching]

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