Healthy Lunch Ideas
When it comes to lunches, boredom is a precursor to kids swapping food items when teacher isn’t looking. Help keep your student on the nutritional straight and narrow by breaking up the monotony with fun food variety. Help keep yourself on track to not succumb to a double cheeseburger the same way!
1. Food on Sticks
Think chicken satays, beef skewers, or sausage kebabs, packed on lunchbox-sized sticks for kids. Because everything is more fun on a stick. (For young kids, use flat, blunt-edged bamboo sticks, not the stabby toothpick-like kind.)
They’re kid favorites for a reason — and contrary to our adult biases, they don’t need to be piping hot to be delicious.
3. Spring Rolls
Rice paper wrappers or large lettuce leaves make great rolled-up meals that are fun to eat. Fill them with tofu, pork, or shrimp; or let your kids branch out using their own ideas.
4. Deli Meat Roll-Ups
Think outside the bun! Rolling sliced deli turkey, ham, or roast beef around cheese sticks, cream cheese, and even greens can change the way your kiddos think about lunch meat.
5. Hummus and Pita Plate
Nine out of 10 kids love a good smear of hummus. Why not make it the star of the show? Send with veggies and crackers for a fun nutritious lunch.
6. Quinoa Salad
Mix meats, cheeses, and veggies your kids like into plain quinoa and dress lightly with a basic vinaigrette.
7. Breakfast for Lunch
Make extra food when you have time for a nice breakfast on the weekend, and save the leftovers for lunches —think hard-boiled eggs, leftover pancakes, and leftover sausages.
Last night’s lasagna might just taste better the next day. And if you’d eat it for lunch on the weekend, why not pack it in a lunch box? Nothing beats a cold chicken leg on a Monday.
9. Stuff a Pita Pocket
Pita Pockets can be stuffed with meat, veggies, cheese, fruit, dried fruit, chickpeas, any type salad fixing and any combination thereof! Dressings or condiments are a nice touch but best sent separately to be added right before eating.
10. Layer a Wasa Cracker
Wasa’s are a great way to break the boredom of sliced bread. Anything that will spread on bread will spread on a Wasa, and toppings are limited only by your imagination.
11. Bagel Pizzas
Make a large batch of these ahead by layering sauce, pepperoni and mozarella on sliced bagels and baking till cheese is melted. Once cooled they can be wrapped and refrigerated or frozen.
Rice, sliced cucumbers, sliced mango, yogurt-covered pretzels
Avocado slices or guacamole, jicama sticks, pineapple chunks, pumpkin seeds, or tortilla chips
Cubed meat or cheese, sliced red bell peppers, blueberries, chocolate square.
Whole-wheat pretzels, celery, cinnamon-sprinkled apple slices, coconut macaroon
Salami cubes, olives, carrots, baby tomatoes, and grapes.
Tomato/mozzarella/basil on a toothpick, popcorn, pear slices, small brownie
Sliced strawberries, squeezable yogurt, broccoli flourets with ranch dressing