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This month, the Cancer Council urged parents to ditch packing ham sandwiches for their children, out of fear that processed meats were linked to forms of cancer.

While a ham sandwich is a classic lunchbox staple, this new concern has inspired parents to get creative and reach for healthier alternatives (that are just as easy to prepare) when doing the weekly grocery run.

Luckily, from white-bread alternatives to sugar substitutes, we now have more healthy options than ever before.

Below are some delicious alternatives to ham sandwiches that you can pack for your children that won’t make you feel guilty when you send your kids off to school.

These products won the 2022 Product of The Year Awards, the world’s largest consumer-voted awards program that recognises product innovation and serves as a shortcut for shoppers helping them to save time and money.

Get inspired and creative with these lunch box options:

Spliits crispbreads

Let your children enjoy the benefits of simple, plant-based food with Spliits. Made with the goodness of great-tasting veggies, Spliits makes a delicious, easy meal or snack that are made with veggies, and are gluten and dairy free as well as vegan. Top these deliciously healthy crispbreads with any spread, salad or topping of your choice and your kids will thank you for it!

 Spliits crispbread (RRP $3.00)

Plantitude Coconut Natural Yoghurt

Treat your kids to some plant-based treats, with Plantitude coconut yogurt. Dairy-free and with no added sugar, this is a creamy, sweet snack to pack for your children, and can be topped up with an array of healthy fruits and nuts to give your kids some extra nutrition!

Plantitude Coconut Natural Yogurt (RRP $5.40)

Lakanto Raw Nut Free Muesli Bars

Lakanto Monkfruit Baking Blend and Maple syrup are healthy, sugar-free sweeteners, helping you bake delicious treats for your kids without overloading them on sugar. These raw, nut-free muesli bars are healthy, diabetic friendly, full of fibre and free of eggs, so they can be enjoyed by anyone. Lakanto Baking Blend meets a 5-star health rating and is stevia free. Suitable for diabetic, low carb, keto, vegan, gluten free, candida, paleo and all-natural dietary needs.

Lakanto Monkfruit Baking blend (RRP $8.90)

Lakanto Maple Syrup (RRP $8.00)

All products can be picked up from your local Woolworths or Coles.

About Product of the Year Australia (POY):
POY is the world’s largest consumer-based awards, with over 5,000 Australian shoppers voting for their favourite supermarket products. The POY awards recognise product innovation and serves as a shortcut for shoppers, saving them time and money when finding the right products. Shoppers can be confident when buying Product of the Year category winners as they undergo a rigorous testing process. A panel of judges, comprising of various industry experts, first tested the products for quality, credibility, and innovation. The resulting product finalists were then reviewed and voted on by 5,000 Australians.

For more information visit https://www.productoftheyear.com.au/

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