Healthy Kid Lunch Options

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Are you a busy parent looking for healthy kid lunch options? I’m going to share with you 10 Healthy Kid Lunch Options that are easy to make, fun to eat and of course, healthy.

Planning healthy lunches for kids can often seem like a very daunting task. There’s so many options out there, and they are all making big claims. In this blog post, I’m going to give you my top ten kid friendly recipes, which are easy to make and taste great.

Healthy Kid Lunch Options

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Kids have their own ideas about what makes a great lunch, which can be a challenge for parents who want them to eat healthy. If you’re looking for nutritious ideas that children will actually enjoy and finish, try these recipes that are sure to win approval from the short set. From pizza pockets and veggie fried rice to macaroni muffins and hummus wraps, these dishes go way beyond the typical ham and cheese sandwich. Not only will the tasty options please even the pickiest of young eaters, but many are also suitable for kids eating vegan, gluten free, egg free, or dairy free.

Many of these recipes are also quick to put together and make a great packed or on-the-go lunch for adults, too.

Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap

Vegan Hummus Avocado Wrap

Use ripe avocado or even leftover guacamole, and protein-rich hummus to make these vegan hummus avocado wraps. Add some sprouts or salad greens for crunch, but if sending to school, leave out the tomato to avoid sogginess. Plain hummus is delicious here, but a flavored variety, like roasted red pepper, will also work nicely.

Vegan Asian Rice Salad

Cold Asian Rice Salad
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A healthy vegan Asian rice salad with plenty of vegetables is a fabulous way to give vegan kids a boost of energy at lunchtime. Brown rice is full of protein and fiber,1 and kids love the crunchy texture and sweet and sour flavors of the dressing. Carrots, snow peas, celery, bell pepper, and green onion make this rice salad bright and colorful, but feel free to swap any out for your kids’ favorites

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Kid-Friendly Energy Bites

Skip the store-bought, highly-processed, sugar-loaded confections and make your own kid-friendly energy bites at home instead! With just a handful of wholesome ingredients (and a bit of chocolate), these energy bites can be mixed up in a matter of minutes. The peanut butter provides a boost of protein while the oatmeal offers some fiber, meaning these energy bites will leave your little one feeling full and satisfied through the rest of the day.

Cheesy Meatball Bombs

Meatball Bombs

These cheesy meatball bombs that start with packaged biscuit dough explode with flavor. Filled with the Italian favorites of meatballs, tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese, your kids will think they’ve won the lottery. When using leftover meatballs or pre-made frozen, this recipe comes together quickly. Serve these meatball bombs with some marinara on the side for dipping.

The Ultimate Avocado Toast

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Kids love creamy avocado, and this easy toast recipe is a hit. The ultimate avocado toast can be served simply as is or layered with slices of crispy bacon to make a great open-faced lunch sandwich. If packing up for school, you may want to add another piece of toasted bread on top to avoid messy travel and eating.

  • Meatloaf Muffins

    Meatloaf Muffins

    Give kids a comforting, home-style lunch with this recipe for cute easy meatloaf muffins that are made from a classic meatloaf mixture baked in muffin tins. The ketchup topping is sure to be a draw for the little ones, and the fact that they can eat their lunch with their hands makes it fun.

    Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

    A thermos full of chicken noodle soup is the next best thing to a hug from mom. Make this tasty soup on the weekend and freeze it in individual portions for heating and packing into a thermos for school lunches any day of the week. This recipe is the real deal, starting with chicken pieces, but also includes some chicken broth (along with water) for an extra boost of rich flavor.

    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    Pasta Salad With Chicken and Spinach

    Send yours to school with this packed pasta salad full of chicken, spinach, tomatoes, and other crunchy veggies. Use cooked leftover chicken, canned chicken, or rotisserie chicken for this tasty salad recipe. The recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to change some of the ingredients to suit your child’s taste.

    Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

    Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

    Your kids will cheer when they sit down to these pepperoni pizza sliders, which layer ingredients from a pepperoni pie onto slider buns to create mini-pizza sandwiches. They can easily be made ahead and then baked and pulled apart for lunchtime. The combination of cheese, sauce, and pepperoni, with a garlic butter brushed on the roll, also makes for the perfect after-school snack.

    Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

    Cream cheese and smoked salmon have traditionally been a favorite topping for bagels, but this combination can also make a wonderful filling for finger sandwiches. This recipe is a quick and easy addition to a light lunch for your more adventurous eater. Place the tea sandwiches in a cold bag with an ice pack to keep them chilled until it’s time to eat.

    Vegetable Beef Soup

    Cook up a big pot of this warming vegetable beef soup on the weekend for thermos lunches. The recipe is packed with potatoes, green beans, carrots, celery, and onion, but you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand, such as corn or zucchini. The recipe freezes well so divide the soup into portions, freeze, thaw, and heat for quick lunch prep.

    Vegetable Lasagna

    Low-Fat Vegan Eggplant Lasagna

    Make a nutritious vegetable lasagna on the weekend and freeze it in individual portions for easy weekday meals. Prep by heating a piece in the microwave and wrapping it in aluminum foil before placing it in insulated lunch bags and lunchboxes. This recipe is ideal for hiding veggies—those finicky kids of yours won’t even know they’ve had a healthy lunch.

    Honeyed Fruit Salad

    Honeyed Fruit Salad

    For those hot days when kids often crave a lighter lunch, this sweetened honeyed fruit salad with honey, lemon, and just a little sugar does the trick (eliminate the white wine). Use whatever fruit is in season being sure to include your kids’ favorites. Pack it into a plastic or glass container and add some cheese cubes and crackers to their lunch bags as a delicious snack.

    BBQ Chicken Salad

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    This BBQ chicken salad is so satisfying even the adults will be fighting over it. This recipe calls for poaching chicken breasts in a flavorful broth and then shredding and tossing the meat with bottled barbecue sauce; you can use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, as well as bottled dressing (instead of the homemade ranch) if you’re short on time. Chock full of vegetables, beans, and crunchy corn chips, this salad offers a variety of textures and colors. Pack the dressing separately, and let the kids shake it all together when ready to eat.

    Pizza Wraps

    Pizza Wrap Sandwiches

    These easy pizza wraps are basically cheese quesadillas with spaghetti sauce added inside. Go ahead and stuff them with your little ones’ other favorite pizza toppings, such as diced green bell peppers, pepperoni slices, and mushrooms. They are baked in the oven open-faced, like a pizza, and then folded in half when bubbling and melted. Wrap in aluminum foil to keep warm.

    Healthy Kids Lunch Recipes

    Find healthy, delicious kids lunch recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

    Veggistrone

    Rating: 4.49 starsVeggistrone
    This vegetable-packed minestrone soup recipe is inspired by a popular Weight Watchers vegetable soup recipe. It makes a big pot of soup, so keep some in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and freeze the rest in single-serve portions. That way you always have an easy, delicious vegetable soup to start your meal or to eat for lunch. Think of this vegetable minestrone recipe as a starting point for other healthy soup variations, too: toss in leftover chopped cooked chicken or whole-wheat pasta or brown rice to make it more satisfying.

    Peanut Butter-Banana Cinnamon Toast

    Rating: 4.67 starsPeanut Butter-Banana Cinnamon Toast
    This satisfying peanut butter-banana toast gets a sprinkle of cinnamon for an extra flavor boost.

    Strawberry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothie

    A smoothie with strawberries, blueberries and banana is delicately sweet and entirely kid-friendly, even with a boost of protein from hemp seeds. Freeze the fruits ahead of time for an extra frosty texture once blended.
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    Whole-Wheat Veggie Wrap

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    Use whichever veggies you have on hand to fill up this veggie wrap. The avocado and hummus help hold the wrap together–and provide heart-healthy fat and fiber.

    Avocado, Tomato & Chicken Sandwich

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    In this healthy chicken sandwich recipe, the avocado is mashed to create a healthy creamy spread.

    Garlic Hummus

    Rating: 5 star
    This classic hummus recipe couldn’t be easier–just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) makes this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.

    Salmon Salad

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    Get out of your tuna salad rut and try salmon salad for a change. This version is spiked with olives, lemon, onion and capers.

    Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries

    Rating: 4.5 stars
    Bump up the vitamin A and fiber when you swap tortilla chips for sweet potatoes in this healthy recipe. Serve as an appetizer at your next party or turn it into dinner by adding chicken, tofu, shrimp or more beans for protein.

    Chili-Cheese Nachos

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    Make nachos a healthy dinner when you top them with an easy 30-minute chili. Serve this healthy recipe with sliced scallions, avocado, fresh tomatoes and sour cream, if desired.

    Avocado Hummus

    Rating: 5 stars
    This vibrant green hummus recipe couldn’t be easier–just toss a few ingredients in the food processor and whir away! Aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) and avocado make this healthy dip extra smooth and creamy. Serve with veggie chips, pita chips or crudités.

    Apple & Peanut Butter Toast

    Rating: 5 starsApple & Peanut Butter Toast
    A pinch of ground cardamom punches up the flavor in this classic combo of apples and peanut butter on toast.

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