Packed lunch inspiration – Hartley’s

Hartley's Your Lunchbox

It’s back to school soon and it’s time to start thinking about lunch boxes.  Hartley’s (the jellytastic) people have come up with a fun campaign to inspire packed lunches.

Hartley's Your Lunchbox

Hartleys Your Lunchbox motivates parents to get creative with their children’s lunchboxes. By collecting  Hartley’s Jelly Pots in the lunchboxes, you can collect the special edition green lids which can then be redeemed to claim a free Hartley’s lunchbox and stickers. My children went a little crazy with the stickers on their lunchbox!

The campaign is great to kick start your lunchbox creativity. I haven’t done school lunchboxes for a few years, but was always a stickler for giving my boys healthy, hearty food, to keep them going during the school day. This was achieved in a number of ways:

  • buy a hot thermos so you can have last night’s spaghetti – all nice and warm for lunch the next day!
  • So children eat their fruit (especially oranges) pre-peel them.  It makes it far more attractive to children to don’t want to get their hands dirty! (like mine!)
  • Put their favourite fruit in the lunch box (pineapple, dried fruit, raisins, grapes).
  • Avoid bananas as they tend to get squashed in the lunchbox and then the smell of bananas in a lunchbox makes all your other food smell of it too.
  • Dried fruit instead of fresh fruit, if your little ones doesn’t like fresh fruit.
  • If you do sandwiches, for younger ones, cut them into shapes they would find enjoyable.

Lunchboxes shouldn’t be an excuse to be lazy and fill it with sweets and crisps.  Schools are very against lunchboxes like that. It doesn’t help the child at all.  Get creative with lunchboxes and then children will enjoy their food and will come home beaming! Fill the lunchbox with great food and pop a Hartley’s Jelly Pot in as a treat at the end of their meal.

The summer months are closing in but their are still a few bbq days left. Barbecue food is great for lunch the next day. Kids love it!

Get creative and your kids will be happy and full of energy for the rest of the day.


This post is an entry for BritMums #HartleysYourLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Hartley’s Jelly




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