Keep in mind summer fruits can get a little messy in the lunchbox so wrap them in some paper towel to prevent bruising whilst also providing a convenient wipe for all those juicy dribbles.
Combine this seasons fruits with crisp salads to lighten up and liven up the summer lunchbox. Try adding wedges of peach to a salad of lettuce and cucumber and serve with mint (get recipe), or add the benefits of whole grains to the lunchbox with a Summer Quinoa salad with mango and avocado (get recipe). This Waldorf salad is such to be a lunchbox winner too (get recipe).
Get creative with summer fruits and vegetables by making colourful arrangements on skewers or ice cream sticks. Try a Hawaiian skewer with ham, cheese, pineapple and cherry tomatoes and serve with whole grain crackers and avocado, or make a colourful fruit salad skewer and serve with a yoghurt dip for a fun morning tea.
Dips are also a great way to make simple vegetable sticks enticing. Try sticks of carrot, cucumber and celery with a creamy corn dip (get recipe) or sundried tomato hummus (get recipe)
Milks, yoghurts and homemade smoothies can be frozen to make for a cool treat whilst also helping to keep the lunchbox cool. Summer fruits like grapes, pineapple, mangos and melons love to be frozen too, but be sure to pack them in a leak proof container.
Keeping well hydrated during the summer months is extremely important but sometimes the old water bottle can seem pretty drab. Avoid sugary drinks like juice and cordial which are poor hydrators and can lead to tooth decay and make water more exciting with funky drink bottle designs or by adding wedges of lemon, lime, orange or pineapple. Try creating a lunchbox punch with frozen berries, mint, cucumber and lime or experiment with a coconut water mocktail (get recipe).