6 Easy, Fun & Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Kids
Stumped on what to pack for your kid’s school lunches? Are you—and your child—tired of the same old tired deli sandwich? We get it: With hectic family schedules, school lunches sometimes get the shaft. Try these simple, fun and nutritious tricks to liven up your kid’s lunchbox:
1) Lunch Kabobs
Kabobs are a great way to add some pizzazz to otherwise ordinary food. For younger kids, use coffee stirrers, popsicle sticks or toothpicks to spear their favourite foods in fun shapes (you can use skewers for older kids). Get creative! Almost anything can be put in a kabob, from fruit and veggies to waffles and sausage.
2) Taco Pop Tarts
Everyone loves pop tarts! This homemade twist on the classic store-bought treat is simple to make: You only need refrigerated pie crust, ground beef, corn, beans and cheese. As a bonus, these taco pop tarts freeze well, so you can make a big batch and use for months to come!
3) Apple Sammys
Who needs bread when you can use apple slices as a crust? Core an apple and slice horizontally to create apple rounds. Then, fill your “sandwich” with different combinations, like peanut butter, granola, and raisins or meat and cheese. This also makes for a quick and easy after-school snack.
4) Caterpillar Chicken Tortilla Wraps
Food roll-ups help transport food for little hands and mouths. Use this recipe to turn roll-ups into an adorable caterpillar: Wrap chicken breast tenders, matchstick carrots, cucumber strips, and peanut butter in a spinach tortilla. Cut the “body” into sections, insert pretzel stick legs, add a tomato for your caterpillar’s head, and voila!
5) Baked Fruit or Veggie Chips
Kids love to munch and crunch, and veggie or apple chips are a healthy alternative to greasy store-bought potato chips. Toss veggies like kale or thinly sliced sweet potato and beets with olive oil and salt and toast in the oven. Or, bake apple rounds with cinnamon for a yummy, crispy snack.
6) Leftover Breakfast for Lunch
Sometimes just mixing things up helps break the monotony of school lunches. Surprise your little one by sending on some breakfast items (like pancake bites, waffles, bacon or yogurt parfait) for lunch—it sounds too easy, but your kid will love it! The best part is you can recycle leftovers from an earlier breakfast.
With the headache of what to pack for school lunches out of the way, your family can devote more time to activities together. Check out Gogabo’s many family-friendly play options today!