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3 Non-sandwich Lunchbox Ideas

Diet & Nutrition • by Ryno Ellis • 05 March 2018
Gone are the days when parents sent their kids to school with a lunchbox filled to the brim with boring, not-so-healthy sandwiches.

Bread, whether white or whole grain, is packed with a large amount of carbohydrates. Even though carbohydrates is the fuel we burn to live, we get more than enough from other food sources like fruits, vegetables and meats.

When adding bread to an already high-calorie diet, for example, when kids consume sugary drinks and sweets, it could lead to unwanted conditions such as obesity and diabetes.

We’ve put together a list of delicious but mostly healthy bread alternative ideas with their recipes to pack for lunch:

No-bake peanut butter oat balls

Not only is this a very easy one to make, but your kids will love them!

¾ cup sugar-free peanut butter
1 ¾ cups muesli or oats
½ cup honey
⅓ cup sunflower seeds (optional)
¼ cup cocoa powder

Add peanut butter and honey to a bowl and warm in microwave.
Mix peanut butter and honey with oats and sunflower seeds.
Use your hands to roll the mixture into small balls.
Place the balls onto a tray and freeze in the freezer.

Mini meatballs

These are a delicious way to fill your kids’ tummies during lunch without using any bread. You can be creative with them and use beef or chicken mince with any of your kids’ favourite added ingredients.


500g extra lean mince
1 egg
½ cup oats or psyllium husks
1 tsp tomato puree
Salt and pepper to taste
Top tip: Add other flavours to taste like bacon bits, garlic, mushrooms, corn or green pepper.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl and leave in the fridge to cool off for 30 minutes.

Spray your roasting pan with cooking spray and scoop tablespoons of the mixture onto the tray. Use your hands to roll each meatball to the preferred size.

Bake the meatballs in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Seeded bars

These seeded bars are not only a yummy treat for your kids but also a great source of energy and fibre. They’re more healthy than the ones you’ll buy at the store as they’re grain free and don’t contain as much sugar.

1 cup oats
½ cup sunflower seeds
2 tsp flax seeds
1 cup raisins or dates
½ cup coconut flakes
⅓ cup honey
½ cup butter


Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Mix the butter and honey together and put in microwave until it’s a runny texture.

Mix all the dried ingredients together and then add the butter and honey mix.

Grease a baking tray and pour the mixture in. Use baking paper and press the mixture to evenly spread it in the baking tray.

Bake for 20 minutes.

After baking, let the mixture cool down and cut into bars.

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