Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids

January 18, 2019

Healthy and easy lunch ideas to get you through the busy school mornings.

For most of us mornings are a blur, having to get ourselves ready for work and our our kids ready for school before anyone is late. Unfortunately, when it comes to putting together school lunches, the quickest and most convenient options aren’t always the healthiest—until now!

We know that you want to feed your kids wholesome and healthy food, but that you need it to come together quickly so you fit it into your already crammed mornings. Because of this, we’ve put together a list of quick healthy recipes and snack ideas that your kids will love and will take you less than 20 minutes to prepare.

The First Step: Meal Prep

The trick to easy lunch assembly in the mornings is to have all the ingredients you need on hand and ready to go. Most of the ingredients in these recipes can be prepped days in advance to help you make packing your kids’ lunch bags a breeze. 

Many of these recipes call for shredded chicken, thinly sliced veggies, hard-boiled eggs, cubed or shredded cheese, etc. On Sunday, cook the chicken, make the eggs, and prep the veggies and cheese, and store them in air tight containers in the fridge so you can just quickly grab your ingredients when you need them.

Turkey & Cheese "Sushi" Roll

turkey and cheese rolls
Source: wearychef.com

These fun turkey and cheese “sushi rolls” are fun to eat and easy to make. All you need is whole wheat or veggie wraps, shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded carrots, and thin turkey slices. Pair them up with your kid’s favorite veggies or fruits for a complete meal.

Ready in: 5 minutes

See the full recipe here.

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Source: eatingwell.com

You’ll want this delicious comfort food for yourself! Toss some shredded chicken in BBQ sauce, throw in shredded carrots for extra crunch, put them on a whole wheat bun, add some lettuce, and you’re done! The original recipe uses ranch dressing to add extra flavor, but you can skip this to cut back on some fat and calories. Make sure to use low sugar BBQ sauce!

Ready in: 10 minutes

See the full recipe here.

Banana & PB Rolls

Source: weelicious.com

This easy and yummy recipe is quick to make and packs the nutrients and energy your kids will need to get through the day. All you need is a couple whole wheat wraps, two bananas, and some peanut butter or your favorite nut butter. Spread the peanut butter over the wraps and place the banana on top and roll it up. Once you’re done and your roll is tight, cut up 1/2 inch slices to make it bite size.

Ready in: 5 minutes

See the full recipe here.

Lunch Kabobs

Source: momontimeout.com

Food on a stick! All you need is some grilled chicken, cubed cheese, and your kid’s favorite veggies, and you have a nutritious and fun lunch. Pair it up with some hard-boiled eggs, crackers, or fruit and you’re all set!

Ready in: 5 minutes

See the full recipe here.

Bean Quesadillas

Source: eatingwell.com

Thanks to their cheesiness, quesadillas are a welcomed meal for most kids. You can make a healthy spin on this Tex-Mex classic by using part-skim or low fat cheddar cheese, whole wheat tortillas, and black beans for extra fiber and protein.

Ready in: 20 minutes

See the full recipe here.

Strawberry Sandwich

Source: eatingwell.com

Brighten up your kid’s day with this fun and sweet sandwich. Combine cream cheese and honey in a bowl, then spread it over whole wheat bread generously. Finally, stack sliced strawberries on top and finish up your sandwich. Pack it with your kid’s favorite healthy snacks, such as pita and hummus or chips and salsa.

Ready in: 5 minutes

See the full recipe here.

Breakfast For Lunch

Source: eatingwell.com

Who says that breakfast is just for the morning? This quick and easy recipe will make things fun for your kid as they enjoy some of their favorite breakfast foods. To assembly this quick lunch, simply make a sandwich with toasted whole wheat waffles, your favorite seed or nut butter, and apple slices. Then pack them with some of your kid’s favorite breakfast foods or snacks. For example, you can use grape tomatoes, cottage cheese with a sprinkle of cinnamon, grapefruit, an a hard-boiled egg.

Ready in: 15 minutes

See the full recipe here.

These nutritious and easy healthy recipes will brighten up your kid’s lunchbox and get them excited about eating nutrient-packed foods! Once you get the hang of these recipes, experiment by changing up the fruits, nut butters, and veggies in the recipes to keep things exciting and fun.

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