Seasonal school lunch ideas for the summer

Seasonal school lunch ideas for the summer

Now that summer's getting into full swing, there's no better time to buy seasonal and stock your child's lunchbox with fresh goodies. Of course, the warmer months of the year are the perfect time to stock up on fresh berries. Cherries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries - any berry you can think of - will be on the menu! They don't have to be eaten plain, either. Create a delectable and juicy fruit salad or even add some fruit to cool water for a healthy, flavoured drink.

Summer is also melon heaven, with honeydew, rockmelon and watermelon in season and ready to thrill the family’s tastebuds. A slice of watermelon makes a great, healthy snack for the family - and kids love to chomp away at the rind. Pieces of melon pair perfectly with a dollop of plain Greek yoghurt, for a balanced snack offering vitamins, protein and calcium, all ideal nutrients for growing and active children.

Peaches and nectarines are also fantastic seasonal summer fruits, so when you and your kids bite into one of these healthy treats, you know they won't have been lying around in freezer storage for months before making it to your table! Don't forget about oranges and plums. These will give everyone a big vitamin C boost with a delicious sweet taste. Consider squeezing your own orange juice for a fresh, homemade and healthy beverage - that way you have the peace of mind knowing there are no added sugars!

You'll also find plenty of seasonal veggies for lunches and dinners. The best way of finding fresh and natural produce is to head to your local market, where seasonal produce can be identified more easily and is more likely to have been grown locally, reducing your processed food intake and carbon footprint.

There's nothing as delicious as fresh summer fruit on hot summer days so use this time to get into the habit of filling up on these nutritious treats.