Healthy Quick Lunch Box Ideas

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Are you already sick of your boring, same-old lunches? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you. You’ll be pleased to read about some healthy quick lunch box ideas that will make your lunch breaks more fun and exciting.

Healthy Quick Lunch Box Ideas

We’ve created super quick and easy lunchbox ideas, along with healthy lunches for work. Everything from protein-rich boxes to vegetarian lunchbox ideas.

Smoky mackerel and beans lunchbox

  • Tip a tin of cannellini beans into a sieve.
  • Rinse with cold water then leave to drain.
  • Whisk 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp white wine vinegar and ½ tsp horseradish cream in a bowl and season.
  • Tip in the beans with 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley and ¼ finely chopped red onion and toss.
  • Divide between 2 lunchboxes then top each with a smoked mackerel fillet and a wedge of lemon.
mackerel

Asian avo, prawns and greens lunchbox

  • Blanch 100g frozen peas, 100g frozen edamame beans and 100g chopped long-stemmed broccoli for 2 minutes, then rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Whisk 1 tbsp groundnut oil, 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 tsp sesame oil in a bowl.
  • Add the greens with a small pack of cooked king prawns, 1 tbsp chopped pickled ginger, 1 finely chopped red chilli and ½ diced avocado.
  • Divide between 2 lunchboxes and sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
prawns

Protein-rich lunchbox

  • Boil 2 eggs for 7 minutes, adding 100g green beans for the final 2 minutes, then drain and rinse everything until cool.
  • Peel the eggs. Whisk 2 tbsp olive oil with 1 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp dijon mustard.
  • Add the beans, 1 pack of cooked puy lentils and 3 chopped spring onions and toss.
  • Divide between 2 lunch boxes and top with the eggs and a few slices of cooked chicken breast.
protein

Hummus falafel lunchbox

  • Shred ¼ small red cabbage and toss with 1 tbsp lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
  • Grate 2 carrots.
  • Divide 4 tbsp hummus between two lunchboxes.
  • Add a few leaves of Little Gem and 3 falafels to each (try making your own falafel with our easy recipe) then add the carrots and cabbage.
  • Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and pack small pittas separately for scooping.
hummus falafel

Superfood salad lunchbox

  • Blanch 100g long stem broccoli and 50g peas in boiling salted water then rinse under cold water and drain.
  • Dice ¼ of a cucumber.
  • Tip 75g of pre-cooked quinoa into a bowl and add the veg. Whisk 1 tbsp olive oil with 2 tbsp lemon juice and season. Add to the bowl and toss everything together.
  • Add a handful each of mint and parsley and 50g crumbled feta. Tip into a lunchbox then sprinkle with 2 tsp toasted pumpkin seeds.

Per lunchbox: 433 kcals, fat 26.7g, saturates 9.3g, carbs 23.2g, fibre 10.1g, protein 19.8g, salt 2.8g


High-protein lunchbox with hot smoked salmon, avocado and egg

  • Drop a large egg into boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes then run under cold water until cooled.
  • Slice half a small avocado and break 75g hot smoked salmon fillet into pieces, discarding any skin.
  • Put a handful of watercress in your lunchbox then top with the egg, salmon and avocado.
  • Mix 2 tbsp natural yoghurt with 1 tbsp lemon juice and some chopped dill and keep in a mini jar or tub until you are ready to drizzle over and eat.

Per lunchbox: 441 kcals, fat 30.2g, saturates 8.4g, carbs 8.1g, fibre 3.7g, protein 32.4g, salt 1.6g


Low-calorie Asian lunchbox carrot and edamame

  • Peel 150g carrots then shred in a food processor or coarsely grate on a box grater.
  • Put in a bowl and add 75g blanched edamame beans and a finely chopped red chilli.
  • Whisk 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar with ½ tsp sesame oil. Add to the veg and toss together with a good pinch of salt.
  • Pack into a lunchbox and sprinkle with a pinch of black sesame seeds.

Per lunchbox: 250 kcals, fat 11.3g, saturates 1.7g, carbs 21.3g, fibre 11.2g, protein 10.2g, salt 0.8g


Low-calorie vegetarian lunchbox with smoky black bean and squash

  • Peel and chunk 150g butternut squash. Toss with 1 tsp olive oil, ½ tsp smoked paprika and ½ tsp cumin seeds. Roast at 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 for 15-20 minutes until tender. Cool.
  • Put 150g rinsed and drained black beans in a bowl. Add ¼ of a diced red pepper. Tip in the squash, a handful of chopped coriander and the juice of a lime. Toss everything together and pack into lunchbox.

Per lunchbox: 233 kcals, fat 4.3g, saturates 0.5g, carbs 30.1g, fibre 14.1g, protein 11.5g, salt 0.8g


HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

Skip the same ol’ sandwiches and upgrade to these healthy outside-the-lunch-box surprises. Your kids’ faces will light up when they see that you’ve taken lunch to the next level, and you’ll be happy knowing that they’re getting a nutritious and delicious meal.

Zucchini & Corn Muffins

ZUCCHINI & CORN MUFFINS

“Very moist and yummy muffins with a nice crunchy crust — YUM! I liked how easy these were to prepare and how quickly they came together.”

No-Bake Granola Bars

NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS

“This gets a ‘seriously yum’ rating from me! They were easy to make and are pretty healthy too!”

Club Wraps

CLUB WRAPS

“What a wonderful lunch idea. These are just delicious.”

Pizza Roll-Ups

PIZZA ROLL-UPS

“Really easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and onions to mine.”

Yogurt Fruit Bars

YOGURT FRUIT BARS

“I made these to freeze and pack in the kids’ lunches — they’re so good! It was easy to sub in the ingredients I had on hand for a yummy treat.”

Ham & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

HAM & CREAM CHEESE ROLL-UPS

“These roll-ups taste great. They’re super easy to make and just delicious.”

Secret Sandwich

SECRET SANDWICH

“These are so easy, yummy and a fun alternative to another boring sandwich. I used Hawaiian sweet rolls with turkey and Havarti, and they were delicious!”

Lunchbox Pizza Quesadillas

LUNCHBOX PIZZA QUESADILLAS

“The whole family loved these. I used pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. I will try freezing them for quick snacks for the kids.”

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sushi Rolls

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SUSHI ROLLS

“I made these for my 7-year-old’s lunch. She was so excited! I put the whole rolls in the fridge overnight and sliced in the morning. They were much easier to slice cold.”

Copycat Pizza Lunchable

COPYCAT PIZZA LUNCHABLE

“I’ve been making the cheese-and-cracker Lunchables at home, but I never thought to make the pizza ones. My kindergartener loved it.”

BLT Pinwheels

BLT PINWHEELS

“I made these for my grand kids and they loved them — as did their parents.”

Kiddos Favorite Trail Mix

KIDDOS FAVORITE TRAIL MIX

“We had a blast making this. My kids polished off the whole batch and asked to make more.”

Banana & Oatmeal Sponge Cookies

BANANA & OATMEAL SPONGE COOKIES

“My kid love these cookies. They’re a great, healthy snack on-the-go.”

Apples & Peanut Butter

APPLES & PEANUT BUTTER

“This is a delicious and healthy way to start the day.”

Ants on a Log

ANTS ON A LOG

“I made up a batch of these for school lunchboxes. They are very good! We like these better than the ones with the peanut butter.”

Two-Toned Sandwiches

TWO-TONED SANDWICHES

“What a fun idea! I just used one cookie-cutter shape — a teddy bear — for my daughter’s lunch yesterday. It worked great and she loved it!”

HAM & CHEESE MUFFINS

“Easy to make and delicious! Great for a quick snack, but would also be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or tea — or elevenses, anyone? Yum!”

Frozen Fruit Cups

FROZEN FRUIT CUPS

“My kids loved these, and I love the fact that they don’t have a lot of extra sugar. I put some in a large container for dinner and some into one-cup plastic freezer jars to use in lunchboxes.”

School of Fish

SCHOOL OF FISH

Your kids will go gaga for these little swimmers. It’s amazing what you can do with four simple ingredients!

Tortilla Stars

TORTILLA STARS

“This is a fantastic idea. They are everyone’s favorite snack at my house.”

Cinnamon Apple Chips

CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS

“Fun and easy to make. Not very sweet at all, which I liked. Made a great snack alternative to potato chips.”

Pizza Scrolls

PIZZA SCROLLS

“I love these. They are perfect for my kids’ lunchboxes, as they don’t love traditional sandwiches. I will be using this recipe forever!”

Cheesy Taco Pockets

CHEESY TACO POCKETS

“These are very family-friendly, and the cheese ties the ingredients together well. They are awesome with sour cream and salsa!”

Thermos Noodle Soup

THERMOS NOODLE SOUP

“I’m giving this recipe five stars for sheer simplicity. It also happens to taste really great. Soup with no stove? Yes, please.”

Lunchbox Muffins

LUNCHBOX MUFFINS

“These are great! My 4-year-old is super picky, so her lunch-box gets a little boring — these are perfect. Next time I’m going to make a double batch!”

Lunchbox Fun-Due

LUNCHBOX FUN-DUE

“Wonderful! This is such a great idea. My daughter isn’t a big sandwich fan, so this really was right up her alley.”

Hummus Pizza

HUMMUS PIZZA

For a fun twist on a lunch-room favorite, try packing the veggies separately so your kiddo can build his or her own pizza at lunch.

SNACK STACKERS (LUNCHBOX SURPRISE)

SNACK STACKERS (LUNCHBOX SURPRISE)

“Great idea! My first-grader loved it. He’s always begging for the ones already made up at the store, which I refuse to buy.”

Taco Roll-Ups

TACO ROLL-UPS

“My daughter and her friend ate these and loved them. There are some more in the freezer that I am sure will be great!”

Angry Birds Bento Box

ANGRY BIRDS BENTO BOX

“My son loves rice balls (onigiri), so I decided to make him an Angry Birds lunch box! My hubby was more impressed and snatched it for his office lunch instead!”

California Rollwich

CALIFORNIA ROLLWICH

“I made this for my grandson. He loves avocados, so that made it easy to sneak in other veggies.”

Ants on a Raft

ANTS ON A RAFT

“This is a yummy snack. I love that they’re made with things that I always have around the house.”

5 easy & healthy lunchbox ideas for kids

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.

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