Get Ready For School With Nadiya’s Lunch Box Hacks

With back to school just around the corner, BBC Good Food Show star Nadiya Hussain has shared her favourite lunchbox hacks.

Nadiya says:

“In between waking and dressing my three, lively children, preparing breakfast for the family, finishing emails and doing laundry, making up pack lunches in the morning is often a rather rushed job. I’m not a fan of filling their boxes, or their stomachs with junk food. I will not lie, there have been times where I have just given the kids the easiest option, a packet of crisps, a small bar of chocolate, a biscuit (or two) and I still do every now and again but these treats are saved for the weekend.

The reason being, I noticed when at home that the kids were like yoyos. After school, they would slump, tired and exhausted from the day on the sofa. As I would rush around preparing the dinner they had a quick sweet treat and would instantly become high as kites and excitable. This excitement would last for 30 minutes or so, and be quickly followed by a huge sugar crash. It then dawned on me that the same would be happening to them whilst at school and of course, I didn’t want my food choices for them to affect their concentration and behaviour at school.

To save me time, I always have a few snacks ready in the fridge that I can to pop in, ensuring that they eat well whilst away from home. I also have some great suggestions for quick and easy bites that can be made in the morning.

Here is a list of a few of our favourites:

1. Hummus Celery Sticks – cut slices of celery sticks about 2 inches long. Fill the inside with hummus and wrap with cling film.

2. Summer fruit spring rolls – take a circle of rice paper and soak for a few seconds till soft. Squeeze off any excess water and place down. Add any fruit, the more colourful the better and warp like a spring roll. Wrap in tin foil for the perfect lunch box surprise.

3. It might sound obvious but I sometimes pop in a hardboiled egg – I like to keep boiled eggs in the fridge during the week. They are quick, simple and nutritious and very easy to eat. Wrap in kitchen roll to ensure the kids have something to peel the shell on to.

4. Turkey ham wrapped cheese sticks – take a small stick of cheese and wrap around a slice of turkey ham! Simple and delicious

5. Apple and Peanut Rings – core and horizontally slice a green apple, spread the tops with smooth peanut butter and pop into a mini Tupperware box.


6. Mini omelettes – whisk up some eggs and add onion, cheese, chives and chopped peppers. Grease and pour the mix into a 12 muffin cupcake tin and bake in the oven until cooked. Once cooled these be stored for a week and my kids love them!”

These are really simple and look much better alternatives than biscuits when the kids come home from school starving.  You can find more lunchbox tips here.

Nadiya’s latest book, Time To Eat: Delicious time-saving meals using simple store-cupboard ingredients, is available now.


  1. Alice Gilkes
    10 November, 2019 / 7:18 pm

    Some great hacks on here. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Carly Belsey
    3 October, 2019 / 4:09 am

    There are some great lunch box ideas here. I especially love the mini omlettes

  3. Margaret Clarkson
    16 September, 2019 / 6:57 am

    Good ideas, thank you so much.

  4. Andrea F
    13 September, 2019 / 10:50 pm

    Great tips

  5. Peter Watson
    11 September, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    I love Nadiya and I’m sure my granddaughter would love these.

  6. James Travis
    9 September, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    Great ideas. Like the summer fruit rolls.

  7. Peter Young
    4 September, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    Check the ham and cheddar pinwheels. These pinwheels are pretty as a picture and infinitely customizable to boot. It has all the deets on this lunch idea, including how you can give it a boost with lunchbox-friendly ranch dip!

  8. Tom Woolstencroft
    3 September, 2019 / 5:20 pm

    Mornings are hard! You have to wake up, shower, pick out clothes and put them on, make the coffee, and do all the other things.

  9. Ani Costa
    28 August, 2019 / 4:50 am

    Also love the summer fruit rolls idea!

  10. Andrea Fletcher
    26 August, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    Some great ideas. The summer fruit spring rolls sound nice.

  11. Susie Wilkinson
    24 August, 2019 / 12:56 pm

    It’s so hard to keep packed lunches interesting, some good ideas here, thank you!

  12. Lisa Pope
    22 August, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    Love the sound of the summer fruit spring rolls, that’s definitely something my girls would love

  13. Emmaa
    21 August, 2019 / 4:03 pm

    My son is starting in reception in September and is such a fussy eater but there’s some really good ideas here.

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