Lunch is often overlooked. Whether it’s packing your kid’s lunch at 7am on a Monday morning, or searching your fridge for something to eat whilst you work from home, it’s way too easy to become uninspired. Let us walk you through some hacks to have a good lunch, from storage to food and activities.

Firstly, let’s start with lunchbox essentials.

Lunchboxes with small compartments are a great way to organise food, ensuring you have a balanced lunch. Kmart has a great selection of affordable lunch boxes, from bento-box styles to double decker to soft lunch bags. You can find reusable snack pouches and silicone food bags at Kmart. Opting for these instead of cling-wrap or aluminium foil is a small adjustment with a big impact.

So, what food will keep hungry tummies satisfied and lunches exciting?

If you wake up on Monday morning and look in the fridge to find nothing lunch-friendly, don’t stress. Subway opens at 8am, perfect for a pick-me-up sub before school or work. From sandwiches to paninis, wraps and salads, there is something for everyone. If you’re indecisive or get overwhelmed by the amount of options, try their sub of the day. And let’s not forget about the kids! Their Kids’ Packs include a mini sub, 350ml water and puree fruit pouch. These nutritionally balanced packs leave parents feeling guilt-free and they keep the kids happy.

Or maybe you feel like something different? St Pierre’s Sushi can satisfy even the pickiest eaters. With simple cucumber or chicken rolls, these certainly won’t still be in the lunchbox at the end of the day. For those more adventurous, be sure to try their Salmon Dragon Roll.

Many people don’t take a proper lunch break, choosing to eat at their desks or find themselves glued to their phones. Taking a break decreases your levels of stress and will increase productivity and fuel your motivation as you’re heading towards the end of your day.

Lunch doesn’t have to be completely healthy. If you have a craving for something sweet, pop over to The Cheesecake Shop. Whether you prefer something light and fruity or rich with chocolate, new and improved flavours are constantly being released and will guarantee to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Take advantage of the sugar hit, and let out some steam at Henderson Park or the Tui Glen Playground. Bring along some activities to keep yourselves entertained, such as a frisbee or football which you can get from Rebel. Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen! Chemist Warehouse has you covered – literally.