Sandwiches are the ultimate go-to for lunch, especially for parents feeding their children. They’re quick, easy, and extremely versatile. Children can eat them without making a mess too, which is big plus. However, no matter how many ways we can switch up the ingredients in a sandwich, we want to make sure we also offer other healthy lunch options for our kids.
Thinking about alternative lunch box ideas for kids can help add variety to their diets. This is a great way to add vitamins and minerals, while also decreasing the amount of bread our children are eating. Kids love bread, but bread can add a significant amount of salt to a child’s diet, according to studies like this one. Also, how often are our kids wasting the crust of a sandwich, which is the most nutritious part!
So, let’s take a look at other easy lunch box recipes for kids we’ve cooked up for you. Be sure to tell us your favorites!
Keep in mind that these recipes may contain allergens. Make sure to adapt the recipes to school rules and to your own child’s dietary restrictions.
The options for making pasta fun, healthy and tasty are endless! Just use your (and maybe your child’s) imagination. Consider using green pasta, which often contains spinach as the natural food coloring. Whichever pasta route you choose, this healthy lunch option for kids is a fun way to add fiber to their diet.
How to: It’s not green, but it’s still tons of fun! Our Cheesy Rotini is a guaranteed hit thanks to the gooey mozzarella cheese. And, we snuck in some fresh, steamed green beans on the side for a complete and wholesome meal.
Serve with: Cherry tomatoes, nuts or seeds of your (and your kids’) liking.
Homemade Fish Fingers
Fish is like a superfood for heart health and brain development, thanks to it’s healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.Studies have shown that fish may very well be the reason we evolved to be the intelligent humans we are today. However, many of us (especially kids) aren’t getting enough fish in our diet. Transfer those brain-boosting powers to your little ones with healthy lunch options for kids, like homemade fish sticks, which likely contain less sodium than the ones in your freezer aisle.
How to:If you are looking for easy lunch box ideas for kids that will be a hit, Jamie Oliver has the perfect recipe for these fish sticks.
Serve with: Yogurt sauce, ketchup, pickles
Whole Wheat Pinwheels
Pinwheels are among the best fun and easy lunch ideas for kids. Plus, they’re bite-size and dippable, which kids love! Use a whole-wheat tortilla to add more fiber to your kid’s lunch.
How to:Try our Turkey Cheddar Pinwheels! These are antibiotic-free and hormone-free turkey slices rolled with all-natural cheddar cheese in a whole wheat tortilla and sliced into pinwheel bites. The mini wraps come with edamame, apricots and honey mustard for dipping. This meal is a perfect, healthy lunch option for kids any day of the week without any of the hassle or time spent cooking.
Serve with: Homemade dipping sauce, or your child’s favorite fruit or veggie.
You may notice that these easy lunch box recipes for kids focus on fiber. There are many digestive issues that follow children into their teens and even adulthood due to insufficient dietary fiber. Check out this study published in the Journal of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, that found that lack of dietary fiber is related to many health issues in children.
Meatballs are a tasty, high-protein option for lunch. They’re easy to make ahead, or even freeze, to save yourself time later.
How to:Check out this recipe for easy chicken meatballs. Even better, try our Mighty Meatballs! This healthy lunch option for kids is a favorite among even the pickiest of eaters. We mix hormone-free, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef and pork with whole wheat bread crumbs and bake them to perfection with our all-natural sweet and sour sauce. Serve these meatballs up with our steamed basmati rice and honey-glazed carrots for a balanced, tasty lunch.
Serve with: Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, zucchini noodles.
Yep, pizza can be a healthy and easy lunch idea for kids, too. Pizzas can be topped with veggies and can be made with a variety of crusts. Plus, kids love to make their own!
How to:We’ve got you covered with our Pizza Stacker! This easy lunch box idea for kids is made with our signature cheese pizza, complete with all natural tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of a homemade naan-style grilled bread. Kids will also love the tasty pepperoni pieces for stacking fun, and ranch for dipping.
Serve with: Salad, or your child’s favorite fruit or veggie.
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