Healthy Ideas For Kid Lunches


Tired of buying unhealthy kid lunches? We can help. Your children will love these healthy ideas for kid lunches. They’re packed full of healthy, nutritious foods that will have them running happily to the lunchbox.

When it comes to kid lunches, the options can be overwhelming. I get it. There are the usual sandwiches and fruits, but making something that both you and your child will enjoy is a challenge. Here are some healthy ideas for kid lunches that you can try today!

Healthy Ideas For Kid Lunches

If your kids are picky eaters, you know that every meal can be a battle. Their growing bodies are in need of vitamins and nutrients, yet all they crave are unhealthy foods with no nutritional content. What you need are creative meal ideas they can eat for lunch at home or at school, designed to appeal to their palate.

The recipes listed here contain lots of vegetables, minimal or no processed ingredients, and most importantly, flavors that even the pickiest kids will love! The ingredients for each meal are listed below. Click on the name of the dish to see the full recipe!

Finger Foods

1. Asian-Style Fish Cakes with Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Do you have a finicky eater that refuses to eat fish? This is a great way to make this omega-3 fatty acid rich protein appealing and fun to eat. And it’s much better for you than frozen fish sticks.

Just so you know, these fish cakes freeze amazingly well! To save time, make a big batch and freeze them for whenever you need a quick meal or snack.

2. Chicken Zucchini Poppers

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Some kids don’t like the texture of zucchini, but in this recipe, they add moisture and the zucchini is barely detectable. Make sure to squeeze out the excess water in the zucchini so that the poppers stay together and don’t fall apart. They can be pan-fried or baked! The poppers pair perfectly with the citrus avocado dressing.

3. Baked Crispy Chicken Fingers with Apple Fries

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

If your kid asks for chicken fingers, you don’t have to say no. This version is made with white meat chicken and baked. Substituting fries with apple fries makes this an appetizing lunch that both you and your kids will approve of. Turkey breast can be used instead of chicken.

4. Broccoli and Cheese Nuggets (Vegetarian)

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Broccoli is notorious for being a hard sell. Who knows why kids don’t like eating these miniature trees? But when mixed with cheese and formed into a fun shape for easy dipping, kids may give these broccoli-filled nuggets another try. Another positive is that they are baked, not fried

The Salad Bar

5. Chicken Taco Salad

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Kids love tacos, so why not make them a healthy taco salad? This one is packed full of leafy greens, tomatoes, corn, avocado and grilled chicken. Adding crushed chips on top gives it the perfect amount of texture and appeal for your young kids to enjoy without a single complaint.

6. Chicken Salad with Grapes

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

A colorful chicken salad with crunchy roasted nuts, dried cherries, grapes and celery, it can be served alone, in a sandwich, or on a bed of lettuce. Apples can be used in place of the cherries or in addition. Greek yogurt can also be used in place of the mayonnaise to up the healthy factor even more!

7. Salad Stuffed Pepper Bowls with Creamy Avocado Dressing (Vegan)

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

As many of you moms know, a huge part of the appeal of a meal is the presentation. These pepper bowls are such a clever idea for a kid-friendly lunch. The salad AND bowl are made from a plethora of colorful, nutritious veggies. How often do you get to tell your kids to eat their bowl? You can add a protein to the salad if you prefer, such as grilled chicken.

Soup of the Day

8. Vegan Chili

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

This vegan chili recipe contains primarily of vegetables and beans, making it very healthy and filling. Making a flavorful and rich tasting chili doesn’t have to take all day. By blending a small portion and adding it back in, the chili will be thick and satisfying, and no one will be able to taste the difference! Make a big batch because the leftovers keep very well

9. Chicken Pot Pie Soup

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Get all the flavors of chicken pot pie in half the time with this chicken pot pie soup recipe. This is such a comfort food, but also contains a lot of nutritionally dense ingredients, such as carrots, celery, peas, corn and green beans. The crust and filling are cooked separately, which is a major time saver for busy moms.

10. Slow Cooker Taco Soup

25 Tasty and Healthy Kids’ Lunch Ideas for Home or School

Another spin on the beloved taco, a fan favorite of young kids. This recipe is slow cooker friendly, so you can prep all of the ingredients in the morning, throw it in the slow cooker and come back to a house smelling of aromatic taco soup. Serve with tortilla chips or over a baked potato.

5 easy & healthy lunchbox ideas for kids

Get inspired by these healthy, nutritionist approved lunchbox fillers, from nutritious wraps to easy dips and tasty leftovers – they’ll keep your kids satisfied until dinner time.

Make sure your kids are stocked up on healthy nibbles to fuel them through a full day at school with our tasty bites, snacks and wraps that’ll help them to stay alert and focused. These satisfying munchies are easy to make, lunchbox-friendly and use classic flavour combinations that kids will love.

Our recipes are packable, snackable and full of nutritious ingredients – so whether you’re looking for some simple snacks to boost a school lunch or inspiration for a wholesome lunchbox meal, we have some great ideas for you to try!

Want even more healthy lunch inspiration? Learn how to pack a healthy lunch and get more advice on sugar, salt and portion sizes with our easy-to-follow guide. You can also find more kids’ recipes for every occasion in our family hub.

1. Super simple wraps and sandwiches

Chicken tortilla rolls in lunchbox

We’ve got lunch all wrapped up! Our chicken & tzatziki wraps with baby spinach leaves are rich in protein, calcium and vitamin c. Why not get the kids involved in chopping the veggies and mixing up the sauce?

Our quick and healthy chicken & avocado rolls are ideal for little lunchboxes and use a grand total of six ingredients. The grated carrot offers beta carotene for healthy eyes and creamy avocado slices add texture and good quality fats to this super simple lunch. For little veggies, try our carrot & hummus roll-ups. Swap the peppery rocket for spinach if your kids aren’t fans. Finally, mini munchers will love these star sarnies with red pesto and cream cheese.

2. Satisfying salads

Sweet potato crisps and chicken salad in box

Who said salads have to be boring? Forget limp leaves and overpowering dressings, try our zesty recipes kids and teenagers alike will love. Combine crunchy corn taco pieces, barbecue chicken, chunks of avocado and lettuce to create our nutrient dense chicken taco salad. This healthy recipe is loaded with fibre and protein, as well as counting as four of your five-a-day.

Make our BLT pasta salad with just a handful of ingredients including fun pasta bows, a smooth creamy dressing and crisp bacon rasher bits for those who like their salads to be a little less ‘salad-y’ while still offering healthy carbohydrates, protein and veggies. For vegetarians, try our ratatouille pasta salad that packs in a whopping five of your five-a-day as well as 13g of protein per serving.

3. Lovely leftovers

lentil & sweet potato Dahl

If you’re tight on time, take the pressure off by filling your kid’s lunchbox with some delicious leftovers – an easy way to save time and money! They can be enjoyed cold or heated and packed in an insulated container. Try this easy spinach, sweet potato & lentil Dahl or pasta arrabbiata which provides a healthy dose of protein, calcium and fibre – simply leave out the chilli flakes if your children prefer a milder taste!

You might be surprised to know that cooking and reheating certain foods can actually make them even more beneficial! For example, cooling certain foods such as potatoes and rice actually increases their levels resistant starch, a type of fibre which is supports beneficial gut bacteria.

4. Moreish mini bites

Mini cheese and spinach frittatas in tray

Healthy snacks can be hard to come by. If you’re struggling to find wholesome options to bulk up your child’s lunch, try these mini marvels. Everything’s cuter in miniature, including our munchable spinach & cottage cheese frittatas. These protein-rich little omelette bites were built for lunchboxes or speedy after school snacks.

Add in a fruitburst muffin for something sweet that still packs a nutritional punch with plenty of fibre, antioxidants and protein. It can be tricky to find healthy fruity snacks so why not try a frozen fruit pot for a boost of vitamin C? Ditch the skewers and pack up a food storage container with frozen grapes, mango, melon, strawberries and any other fruit your kids enjoy. They’ll thaw by lunchtime but will still be fresh and chilled.

5. Nourishing dips

Avocado hummus in dish with vegetables

Fresh, crunchy veggie sticks make a simple and colourful lunch option that provides a rainbow of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Hummus is a super easy storecupboard option you can whizz up in a blender in a flash and is a great source of plant protein. Try our moreish peanut hummus, just leave out the smoked paprika for children. Pack up a little pot of creamy avocado hummus with sweet red and yellow peppers and strips of pitta bread for a speedy snack you can make in minutes. Put together these five-minute pitta pockets for a quick fix if you’re pressed for time. They’re budget friendly and simple enough for the kids to put together.

 healthy lunch ideas for kids

Our healthy lunch ideas for kids incorporate lots of nutritious ingredients. They’re also simple to make and will keep little tummies fuller for longer.

Knowing what to pack in children’s lunchboxes can be tricky, especially if they’re fussy eaters. However, if you choose fresh and colourful ingredients, chances are that what you make will be more wholesome and appetising.

You don’t have to spend too much time prepping either. From crunchy taco salad to pitta pockets, our recipes are easy to make and stuffed full of freshness and flavour. So, ditch the soggy sarnies and try something different.

1. Chicken taco salad

Sweet potato crisps on chicken salad in lunchbox

It’s healthy, it’s four of your five-a-day and it’s topped with crunchy crushed taco shells. Our chicken taco salad is perfect if you want to get some variety into your child’s lunchbox. A smattering of creamy avocado chunks and barbecued chicken upgrades this salad to a next level feast.

2. Pitta pockets

Pitta pocket with cucumber and cherry tomatoes

Looking for something to replace sandwiches? Our easy pitta pockets are the answer. Try pairing them with finger food like our crushed pea & mint dip with carrot sticks, or some snackable spiced almonds. These fuss-free pittas can be thrown together in minutes and are an easy low-fat option.

3. Peanut hummus with fruit & veg sticks

Peanut houmous in pot with vegetable and fruit sticks

Get dipping with our peanut hummus with fruit & veg sticks. This healthy, nutty dip has silky smooth tahini and a pinch of smoked paprika to make your chickpeas pop with flavour. Stir in some whole chickpeas once your hummus is blended for texture. With no cooking involved, this is an ideal midweek lunch for when you’re short on time. Fancy trying a different flavour? Discover more easy healthy hummus recipes, ideal for popping into lunchboxes.

4. Mini spinach & cottage cheese frittatas

Spinach and cheese frittatas in greaseproof paper

Our cheesy mini spinach frittatas are easy for little hands to hold, healthy and packed full of all-important greens. It takes just seven ingredients and a muffin tin to bake these marvellous marbled treats. Not a fan of spinach? Try making a batch of mini butternut squash frittatas at the weekend, ready for midweek snacking.

5. Stuffed Moroccan pitta

Pitta bread with falafel and houmous in hands with napkin

Hearty chickpea falafels, creamy hummus and crunchy red pepper stuffed into pitta pockets makes a simple veggie lunch the kids will want more of. Use shop-bought hummus and falafels if you need a quick fix. If you want to make your own, try our easy falafel recipe with a quick hummus.

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