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Bento boxes and pinwheels. Dippers and jar salads. Lunch boxes have moved well beyond the humble vegemite sandwich, and you’ll now find endless Pinterest pages dedicated to the art of packing the perfect lunch.

But whether it’s for school or work, you and your kids will love these awesome (meat-free) lunch box ideas. Better yet, they’re super easy to prepare or take no preparation at all.

Check out the new kids on the lunchtime block - mini, funky versions of their vegetable siblings YUM!

Cute Qukes®

No peel, mild skinned, crunchy, crisp and refreshing, mini cucumbers are a great source of folate, fibre and vitamin C.  Chop or not? You can eat these babies exactly as they are which makes them perfect for picnics on the go, entertaining and everyday additions to lunchboxes.

Kiwiberries 

Sweet, soft and easy to pop in your mouth, in a lunch box, snack on or as a desert topped with thick sweet yoghurt. Rich in antioxidants, these hairless kiwi like mouthfuls are low in kilojoules, high in potassium and vitamins C, A, and E, as well as nerve relaxing magnesium. Sadly only available in February to April at this stage – but they're worth the wait!

Coloured Heritage Carrots

Not the boring old orange carrot, these colourful carrots are full of flavour and goodnes. All carrots are a good source of immune boosting carotenoids, dietary fibre, vitamin C, K, potassium and manganese. Kids will be delighted by the colours in their lunch box from white or yellow to deep purple. For a fun treat add mini orange carrots too.

Looking for an easy after school snack?

Check out Carman’s Orange, Cacao and Poppy Seed Bliss Balls - vegan and gluten-free, with sulphite-free fruit, organic cacao, orange oil, cashews and poppy seeds. These little balls of goodness make a yummy nutritious snack for after school or are good for kids on the go.