Healthy Lunch Ideas For Kids
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Trying to come up with healthy lunch ideas for kids is hard. I was struggling with it and so I did some research. Here are some of the easy healthy lunch ideas I’ve found.
I never know what to put into my kids’ lunchboxes.
I want their lunches to be healthy. But they have to be tasty too or else they won’t eat anything.
These healthy tasty lunches also need to be quick because, as hard as I try to get pack lunches the night before, I’m usually tossing food into insulated bags at 7:53am in between slugs of coffee.
I’ve decided to help myself out by spending a few minutes doing some research to find some healthy lunch ideas for kids. I found a whole bunch of lunch recipes and tips as well as some sources of inspiration.
First off, I found this video about the basics of what to pack in a lunchbox by Monkey See. It’s not an exciting video (sorry) but of all the videos I watched, it gave the best basic information about what my kids need and why.
Then I decided to get some of those Bento lunch containers. I got two of these basic Ziplock brand ones and two slightly fancier ones (like these). I hypothesized (and so far I’ve been right) that the divided containers would make it easier for me to think in terms of Protein, Vegetable, Fruit, Healthy Fats (the four things I’m aiming for in the lunchboxes).
The divided lunch containers have also made it easier to construct the kids’ lunches. I don’t have to think about a main “entree” item and sides. Instead the lunch can be built from a bunch of equally important pieces.
Next I did some searching around Pinterest for boards to inspire me in my lunch routine. I found so many. Pinterest really is amazing.
Some Pinterest Boards with Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids:
Finally, I scoped out some of my favorite blogs to see what kinds of lunch ideas are floating around the blogosphere.
Links to Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids (and some fun ones thrown in as well):
100% Whole Grain Cheese Crackers by Texanerin Baking
DIY Uncrustables Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches by Unsophisticook
Japanese Veggie Sandwich’s Sweet Substitute by Ninja Baking
Gluten Free Cheddar Crackers by Cucpakes And Kale Chips
Freezer Pasta Salad by Cook The Story
Peanut Butter And Jelly Gluten Free Grain Bars by Heather’s French Press
Back To School Snack Mix by Crazy And Cool With A Side Of Crafty
Peanut Butter Hemp Cookies by Sweet Twist Of Blogging
Cheesy Pretzel Chicken Pops by A Spicy Perspective
Croque Monsieur Bites by Tidy Mom
How To Prepare And Pack Freezer Smoothies For School Lunches by Food For My Family
5 Minute Garden Lunch by Bentos On The Bayou
The ABCs Of The Lunchbox by Food For My Family
Healthy Pumpkin Brownies by Jane’s Adventures In Dinner
Banana Nut Bread Granola Bars by Cupcakes And Kale Chips
Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars by Sweet Remedy
Slow Cooker Snack Mix by Around My Family Table
White Chocolate Pumpkin Popcorn by Katie’s Cucina
Steak Sandwich Wrap by Miss Information
Molded Hard Boiled Eggs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
My bet is that I’m still going to be running around like a fool in the mornings to get lunches made. But now I know what I’m aiming for in those lunchboxes and I have a bunch of recipes to try and places to go for new inspiration.
Phew! Mornings just might get easier.
Tell me, where do you find new healthy lunch ideas for kids and for yourself as well? I’d love to know how you decide what to put into that lunchbox. Scroll down to the comments section and let me know.