Swap sweet treats for these healthy lunchbox fillers that also save you money — plus play to win £50k on the Sun Savers Raffle

FILLING lunchboxes with sweet treats is all too easy.

But new reports suggest that a sugar-free rule could be implemented in schools due to the rise of tooth decay in children.

Here are some healthy lunchbox fillers for new term
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We all deserve a treat but if you want to keep your lunchboxes a bit healthier, here are some sweet swaps that won’t break the bank.

FIVE A DAY: Swap those sweet treats out for a juicy piece of fruit, with a pack of six mini apples on offer at Sainsbury’s for 60p or check Aldi’s super six offer — this week mini pears are just 45p a pack. Instead of pricey pre-packaged fruit salads, blend a banana, a cup of frozen berries and water for a cheap smoothie that can be popped into lunchboxes.

FLAVOUR FIX: Change up the juice carton or fizzy drink with a bottle of fruity water. Add a slice of lemon (30p, Asda) for a dash of vitamin C and zesty ­flavour — it’s cheaper than Volvic lemon & lime water, £1.05 at Tesco. Berries, lime and orange also work well, so give your favourite a try.

TOP OF THE POPS: Home-popped popcorn is a top cash-saving lunchbox filler. Grab a bag of popcorn kernels from Tesco for 99p and pop in an oil of your choice — I like coconut oil for a healthy, sweeter option, £1 at Holland and Barrett (usually £2.99). Toss it all in the pan and let the popping begin, bag it up in separate ­airtight lunch bags and you could even add a sprinkle of cinnamon.

POT-STARS: Yoghurt is a lunch-box favourite. I like Little Yeos pots (head to ­Morrisons to get six for £1.50 or two packs for £2). You could also buy a pot of Fage Greek yoghurt, now £2 at Tesco instead of £2.75, and divide it into five smaller pots, blend with fresh fruit or simply add some chopped fruit or nuts on top daily for a healthy snack.

Deal of the day

Get a bag of Jack Link’s Biltong for just £1 at Asda

TODAY is National Biltong Day, so celebrate with a meaty snack for less. Jack Link’s Biltong is now just £1 at Asda, usually £1.50.

SAVE: 50p

Cheap treat

Get a twin pack of garlic baguettes at the Co-op for £1

SPAG bol is not the same without garlic bread. Grab a twin pack of extra strong garlic baguettes at the Co-op for £1, down from £1.70.

SAVE: 70p

My Sun Savers fiver

LUCY JACKSON, of Southampton, says: “I am saving my Sun Savers ­fivers for a last-minute holiday.”

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Top swap

Le Creuset’s Signature cast iron casserole dish is £225
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This Aldi version in the same colour will save you £200

I LIKE Le Creuset’s Signature cast iron casserole dish, £225, but when I’m feeling the pinch Aldi’s £24.99 version is a great alternative.

SAVE: £200.01

Shop & save

Wilko HP 302XL black and colour inkjet cartridges are £15 now

SAVE 25 per cent on Wilko printer cartridges. Pick up a Wilko HP 302XL black and colour inkjet cartridge for £15, down from £20.

SAVE: £5

Reader’s saving tip

JENNY Treadwell, of Leamington Spa, Warwicks, says: “Cook frozen chicken kievs on a piece of bread on the tray. You then get lovely garlic bread for free and don’t lose any of the butter that seeps out of the kiev.”

  • Send your tips to sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if your tip is used. Please include your name and town.

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STUDENTS get 20 per cent off all pillows and duvets at Nanusleep.co.uk. Use code STUDENT20 at the checkout.

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

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