Opt for fresh, healthy and self-made snacks instead of pre-packaged foods. "Fresh unprocessed foods are the gold standard," says Joel. "Including fresh fruit rather than fruit bars and including cheese and wholegrain crackers rather than prepackaged cheese dips and white biscuits are far better nutritional options."
Other healthy snack options include chopped veggies with a side of salsa, hummus or peanut butter (just choose the type that's 100 per cent peanut butter with nothing else added). Boiled eggs are a great hit of protein, and homemade popcorn flavoured with herbs offers a healthier hit of carbs than a packet of chips.
When it comes to drinks, you can cut down on sugar by including a DIY-infused frozen water pack. Add fresh herbs, berries and a small amount of cordial before freezing, then add it to the lunchbox in the morning. It will melt by recess and keep the rest of the food cool in the process.