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9 Healthy Kids Lunch Ideas For A Perfect Lunchbox

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Packing healthy lunches for the kids is never an easy task. Even if they are happy to eat anything, finding a healthy lunch idea can be problematic. We are here to help you with 9 healthy kids lunch ideas.

Kids never want to eat healthily. Salads and other nutritious dishes are a big no-no from their side. Giving the children junk food regularly is not an option either. You can always try new recipes with veggies and fruits to create something delicious for them. If it looks good and tastes the same as what they want to eat, they would never deny it. As for now, try some suggestions from us.

9 Healthy Kids Lunch Ideas

Idea 1

Lemon and Yogurt Chicken Flatbread

Flatbread
Photo by aedrozda from Pixabay

Preparation time: 20 to 30 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 3

Calories in total: 364 kcal

Protein: 29 grams

Ingredients

1. Two Skinless chicken breasts (cut them into strips)

2. 1½ tbsp lemon juice

3. 1 tbsp dried oregano

4. 1 crushed garlic clove

5. A pinch of cinnamon

6. 1 tbsp olive oil

7. 3 flatbreads

8. 3 tbsp greek yogurt

9. ¼ tbsp red pepper flakes

10. Finely chopped gem lettuce

Instructions

• Firstly, Put the chicken breasts in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and crushed garlic, cinnamon, olive oil, and dried oregano into it.

• Mixed everything well and leave in the fridge for an hour; To marinate the chicken breasts.

• Now, heat a griddle pan and drizzle some olive oil on it. (You can skip the olive oil part if you don’t like oily food.) When the pan feels hot enough, put the chicken strips into it and let them cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

• Take them out and warm the Flatbreads on the same pan.

• On each flatbread, spread some greek yogurt, then put the chicken strips and gem lettuce. Sprinkle some red pepper flakes and add some more yogurt.

• Fold the Flatbreads into a taco shape or roll them up, and they are ready to eat.

For the sides:

• 2 baby carrots

• 3 cherry tomatoes

• caramel sugar-coated apple slices

Ingredients

2 cups of sugar

½ cup of milk

5 to 6 apple slices

Instructions

Add 2 cups of sugar to a pan and let it melt on medium-low heat. When it gets a nice golden brown color, add milk and mix well. Turn off the flame and coat the apple slices with caramelized sugar. Put in the fridge till the coating hardens, then serve with

• m&m’s, and

• a bottle of fresh fruit juice

In our 9 healthy kids lunch, this meal idea is nut-free and a healthy, well-balanced meal.

Idea 2

Pepperoni and Cheese Taco

Pepperoni and cheese
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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Calories in total: 250kcal

Ingredients

1. 10 to 15 slices of pepperoni

2. Some string cheese

3. A taco shell

4. Black pepper, as per taste

5. Salt, to taste

6. Olive oil

Instructions

• To get started, heat a pan on the stove on medium heat.

• Now, drizzle some olive oil on the pan and cook the pepperoni for a minute. Add some black pepper and salt into the pan and mix well with the pepperoni.

• Take the taco shell and fill it up with the pepperoni slices. Pull out the strings of the string cheese and add on top of the pepperoni slices. The more cheese, the better pull.

• Cook the taco shell on the pan from both sides for 2 minutes.

• Cut in half and serve hot.

For the sides

• Corn, spinach, and cucumber salad

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of corn
  • 4 leaves of spinach, finely chopped
  • Half a cucumber
  • 2 tbsp Sour cream
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Firstly, boil the corn in salt water and cut the cucumber into pieces. Drain the water from the corn and transfer them into a bowl. Add the cucumber, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper into the bowl and mix everything well. It’s ready! Transfer into the lunch box.

• 6 cranberries

• 6 blueberries

• A golden kiwi, sliced into two

• Some chocolate chips

This idea in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is nut-free; however, it contains dairy items.

Idea 3

Miso and Tofu Soup

Miso soup
Photo by eak_kkk from Pixabay

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories: 40 kcal per serving

Ingredients

1. 4 cups of vegetable broth (you can use dashi if it is available)

2. A sheet of dried seaweed

3. 4 tablespoons of miso paste (white or yellow)

4. 2 finely chopped spring onions

5. ½ a cup chopped green chard

6. Firm or Silken Tofu, desired quantity

Instructions

• Transfer the vegetable broth into a saucepan and put it on the stove over medium heat. Allow it to come to a boil.

• In a small bowl, take the miso paste and add some hot water. Mix the miso paste with water until it forms a smooth mixture. Make sure there are no lumps. Keep it aside.

• In the boiling broth, add the green chard and spring onions and give a quick stir. (You can also add other greens of your choice)

• Now, add tofu and let it cook for another 3 minutes. Turn off the stove and add the miso paste into the pan.

• Mix everything well, and it is ready to serve. (You can top it with a hard-boiled egg sliced into long pieces.)

For the sides

• Carrot sticks and Green beans

• some grapes, and lastly

• some dark chocolate pieces

This meal in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is nut-free. You can skip the tofu if you would like it dairy-free.

Idea 4

Peanut Butter and Banana Roll-Ups

Peanut butter
Photo by stevepb from Pixabay

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

Calories in total: 476 kcal

Ingredients

1. A long whole wheat tortilla

2. A medium-sized banana

3. Butter or olive oil (butter can be skipped to make the roll dairy-free)

4. 2 tbsp peanut butter (it can be replaced with sunflower seed butter to make the roll allergy-friendly)

5. ½ tbsp honey

6. Some brown sugar

Instructions

• On a tortilla wrap, spread some peanut butter or sunflower seed butter.

• Peel the banana, cut the ends and place it on the tortilla. Without cracking the tortilla, wrap it around the banana tightly.

• In a pan, over medium heat, melt some butter or drizzle some olive oil. Cook the tortilla banana roll on it for 2 to 3 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

• Transfer it on a plate and cut it in 6 to 7 equal parts crosswise.

• For the final part, take some brown sugar on a plate and cover one side of each banana roll up in it.

• Serve with some maple syrup on the side.

For the sides

• 3 snap peas

• 3 cucumber slices

• an apple

• Marshmallow covered nut cubes

Ingredients

  1. ½ a cup of crushed almonds

2. ½ a cup of crushed cashews

3. ½ a cup of crushed pistachios

4. ½ a cup of crushed walnuts

5. A lot of marshmallows

Instructions

Heat a pan on the stove at medium heat. Add the crushed almonds, cashews, pistachios, and walnuts into it. Roast them all together for 5 minutes. Now, add the marshmallows and allow them to melt for 2 minutes. Mix them up with the nuts and transfer them to a plate. Flatten them out on the plate and put them in the fridge for 20 minutes. When hardened, take them out and cut them into a lot of cubes. A perfect sweet and healthy treat to feed your kids.

This idea in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is dairy-free and full of proteins.

Idea 5

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad
Photo by explorerbob from Pixabay

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories in total: 450 kcal

Ingredients

1. ½ pound raw chicken breasts or 1½ cup cooked chicken meat

2. 1 chopped celery

3. ½ yellow bell paper, chopped

4. 3 to 4 minced green olives

5. ½ red or white onion, chopped

6. ½ chopped apple

7. 1 cup chopped and sliced lettuce

8. ½ tbsp honey

9. 2½ tbsp mayonnaise

10. 1 tbsp lemon juice

11. Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

• For the first step, you have to poach the chicken breasts. (This step can be skipped if you are using cooked chicken) In a pot, add some water and ½ a tablespoon of salt. Cut the chicken breasts in big chunks and add them into the boiling water. Bring the water to a simmer, then turn off the heat. Left the chicken in the pot for 15 to 20 minutes.

• Now, to prepare the dressing, take a large bowl. Add into it mayonnaise, honey, and lemon juice. Mix and taste. The sauce should not be too sour or too sweet. Add more honey or lemon juice to get the desired taste. Finally, add some salt and pepper for taste.

• Mix the chopped onions, bell pepper, apple, celery, and green olives with the dressing.

• Take the chicken out from the water and chop it into small pieces. (Dice the pre-cooked chicken, if you are using so) Add it into the dressing bowl and mix well.

• For the last step, add in the chopped lettuce and mix everything well for the last time. It is now ready to serve.

For the sides:

• A slice of pineapple, chopped into pieces

• Grape tomatoes

• Crackers (They go well as a snack with every salad dish)

• Ready to drink fruit juice

This idea in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is dairy-free and nut-free.

Idea 6

Pasta Salad

Pasta salad
Photo by danatentis from Pixabay

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories in total: 274 kcal

Ingredients

1. 200-gram pasta

2. 2 tbsp fresh pesto

3. ½ tbsp mayonnaise

4. 1 tbsp fresh greek yogurt

5. 1 teaspoon lemon juice

6. ½ chopped Carrot

7. 5 green beans, chopped into pea-size

8. 1 courgette, chopped

9. Some chopped lettuce

10. Salt and pepper, to taste

11. Cooked chicken for topping

12. 1 tbsp Olive oil

Instructions

• For the first step, cook the vegetables. For this, in a saucepan, drizzle some olive oil and let it heat on low heat. Now, toss in all the vegetables (chopped carrots, green beans, courgette, lettuce) and cook them together for 5 to 6 minutes. Finally, add in some salt and pepper and give a quick mix. Keep it aside.

• Now, fill a pot with some water to cook the pasta. Bring it to a boil on high heat. Add in the pasta, some salt, and give a quick stir. Let the pasta cook for 10 minutes or till it becomes al dente.

• When the pasta is fully cooked, mix in the pesto and set aside.

• In a large bowl, add the mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, and cooked veggies. Mix everything well.

• Drain out the pasta water from the pot and mix the pasta with the veggie dressing. Serve in the plates or the lunch box and top with some cooked chicken for extra protein.

For the sides:

There are already many veggies in the salad, so we can skip that for this idea.

• Any fruit of your choice

• A small piece of cottage cheese (can be skipped to make the meal allergy-friendly.)

• Apple juice or orange juice

• Some jelly candies

That’s all. And this idea in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is creamy, healthy, and allergy-friendly. Worth trying for your little champs.

Idea 7

Tuna and Sweet Corn Pastry

Toppings
Photo by Engin_akyurt from Pixabay

Preparation time: 7 to 8 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Servings: 2

Calories in total: 468 kcal

Ingredients

1. 160 gram rolled puff pastry

2. 95 gram canned tuna in spring water

3. 160 gram canned sweetcorn

4. 1½ tbsp crème fraîche

5. 25-gram cheddar cheese, grated

6. 3 to 4 chives, chopped into 1cm pieces

7. Salt, to taste

8. 1 tbsp Red pepper flakes

9. ½ tbsp dried oregano

Instructions

• Firstly, drain all the water out of the canned tuna and canned sweet corn and transfer them into a bowl.

• Pre-heat the oven at 220°c. Spread a baking sheet on the baking tray and lay the rolled pastry on it. Roll over the edges of the pastry and prick the center with a fork. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

• Mix up the sweet corn and tuna in the bowl with some salt, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano.

• Take out the pastry from the oven and depuff the center. Now, spread the créme fraîche in the middle and fill in the tuna sweetcorn mix. Finally, Spread the cheddar cheese. Slide it back into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

• When cooked thoroughly, remove it from the oven and sprinkle some chopped chives as a topping.

• Cut it into quarters and serve hot.

For the sides:

• Some grapes

• Boiled broccoli sprinkled with some salt and pepper

• 3 Oreos

• Fresh fruit juice or a bottle of water mixed with a tablespoon of lemon juice (Lemon juice is an excellent source of hydration in our body).

This meal in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is nut-free and a delicious substitute for pizza.

Idea 8

Cheese Quesadilla

Quesadillas
Photo by Jeremy924 from Pixabay

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Calories in total: 250 kcal

Servings: 2

Ingredients

1. 2 large corn tortillas or flour tortillas (prefer using corn tortillas for a more traditional quesadilla)

2. Cheddar cheese, grated

3. Olive oil

4. Sliced mushrooms

5. Chopped Green onions

6. Sliced Black olives

7. Diced tomatoes

8. Sliced Avocado

9. Chopped Lettuce

10. A teaspoon Apple cider vinegar

11. Salt, to taste

12. Cooked chicken pieces

Instructions

• Firstly, heat a nonstick skillet on top of the stove at medium heat. Spread some olive oil on it with the help of a spatula.

• Place the tortilla on the pan and cook it till it forms some air pockets. Make sure to flip it a few times to avoid overcooking one side.

• Flip the tortilla to a side that is perfectly cooked. Spread the shredded cheddar cheese on the tortilla, making sure no cheese falls on the skillet.

• Add the toppings (sliced mushrooms, green onions, black olives, diced tomatoes, avocado, and chopped lettuce), apple cider vinegar, sprinkle some salt, and cover the skillet with its lid.

• Let the quesadilla cook for 3 minutes on low heat. Remove the lid and add in some diced and perfectly cooked chicken. Put the lid back and let it cook for another 5 minutes.

• When your quesadilla is fully cooked, fold it carefully and transfer it to a plate.

• Cut the quesadilla into two parts. Follow the same procedure for the other tortilla and serve.

For the sides:

• Sweet potato salad

It is made with cooked sweet potatoes and bacon mixed with some smokey adobo sauce. Don’t forget to add some greens.

• Trail mix or some chocolate-covered nuts. (We suggest you use dark chocolate chips)

• Granola bar as a snack

• Mix fruit juice

This meal in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is not allergy-friendly. However, it is health-friendly and low on calories.

Idea 9

Macaroni and Cheese

Mac n cheese
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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Calories in total: 350 kcal

Serving size: 2

Ingredients

1. 3-ounce elbow macaroni

2. A cup of shredded cheddar cheese

3. A cup of milk

4. 2 tbsp butter

5. 2 tbsp all-purpose flour

6. ⅓ teaspoon salt

7. ¼ teaspoon powdered black pepper

Instructions

• Fill a large pot with some water. Add into it ½ tablespoon of salt and stir. Bring it to a boil on high heat.

• When it starts boiling, add in the elbow macaroni and cook that for 8 to 10 minutes or till it becomes firm to eat, which is al dente. Drain out the pasta water and set the elbow macaroni aside.

• In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Now, add the flour, salt, black pepper and cook them together for around 5 minutes.

• Slowly pour the milk into the flour mixture and stir them till the mixture is smooth. Cook for another 5 minutes, and the mixture will start forming bubbles.

• At this point, you have to add the cheddar cheese into the mixture and wait for it to melt. This will take around 3 to 4 minutes.

• Finally, add in the cooked elbow macaroni and mix it well with the mixture. That’s all, and our favorite comfort food is ready to serve.

For the sides:

• cream cheese filled celery

• a hard-boiled egg

• pieces of chocolates

This last meal idea in our 9 healthy kids lunch ideas is nut-free and definitely, everyone’s favorite.

A quick tip to consider: You can use bento boxes to pack dishes from these 9 healthy kids lunch ideas. It is aesthetic and more convenient than using many small boxes, aluminum foils, or plastic bags. They come with enough sections, but using liners can be a good option if you want to add more. You can buy these liners from any online shopping site or nearby convenience store. Bento boxes are leakproof as well.

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