Kid Lunch Ideas!

Posted on August 25 2017

If you are anything like me, during the summer I tell myself I am going to be more creative during the upcoming school year with lunches. I am pretty sure my kids gagged when I mentioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches by October last year. Our mornings are so crazy, that lunches seem like the thing I am throwing together as we run out the door. I know, I know, I should prepare them the night before. BUT after running my kids all over town, figure out what to eat for dinner and cleaning up, let's just say I am ready to sit down and enjoy a glass of wine! So I spent this summer putting together some easy, yes EASY, ideas for lunches that take very little planning and time. Here are my top finds:) 

1. PARFAIT

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My kids favorite! I just layer some fruit (you can change it up to make it different), yogurt, and cheerios or granola. The kids love to eat this out of a cup sized Tupperware container. Easy and the kids Love it. A definite win! 

2. THERMOS IDEAS

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My kids love pasta and soup. And they do not have a microwave at school to heat anything up, so that tends to limit ideas. I love these portable little thermos containers. They are cute and fun too! They are not as hot as they would probably normally be, but hot enough that they still enjoy it and ask for it regularly! SCORE

3. DIPPERS - anything that you can dip is always a winner in our house

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My kids love anything you can dip. So we often do veggies and ranch or humus. Pretzel rods and crackers is always a safe bet as well. Even create your own ants on a log with celery, peanut butter and raisins. Or bread stick and pizza sauce is a good alternative too. And so easy - which is a major positive! 

4. PREMADE QUESADILLAS - you can make ahead of time and leave in the fridge

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Grab some whole wheat quesadillas next time your are at the store and you are set. I can even make these during the weekend and store them in the fridge so I can quickly grab them in the morning. And you can get fancy and put new ingredients in it each week (ham, chicken, olives, pepperoni, etc). Probably one of my favorite new lunch ideas. 

5. SMALL BUT HEALTHY...

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I love this ideas of several small items. We have a bunch of small Tupperware in the house, because my kiddos still prefer things don't touch (heaven forbid). But little bit of raisins, cheese cubes, ham cubes, cranberries, nuts, etc are a fun way to get in healthy fats, fruits and protein. 

6. ENERGY BARS - fun for kids

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In our house, I have two of my kiddos that I need to watch what they eat and one kiddo that could eat all day and stay as thin as a railing. We don't make a big deal about it or discuss the difference, but I am always trying to find a way to sneak extra protein and health fats into my son's lunch. These are easy and fun, and you can make them ahead of time. Plus M&Ms for any kid is a bonus! 

Mix and Refrigerate

Peanut Butter- Full of protein, fiber and potassium. Gives you an energy boost.

 

Oats- Filling, whole-grain, full of fiber and so much more!

 

Honey- Natural sweetener and full of vitamins.

 

Flax Seed- High in Omega 3, full of antioxidants and vitamins.

 

Chia Seed- Full of Iron, Omega 3, and even more vitamins and minerals.

 

(Optional) Wheat Germ- Boosts immune system, full of nutrients

 

And That's a Wrap:) These are my favorite ideas and tend to keep my life somewhat sane. And I get a mom point for an attempt at quick and healthy! What are your favorite lunch ideas? I am always looking for new ideas to keep things fresh and creative! 
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27 comments

  • Samantha Hammerschmith: August 30, 2017

    Pasta in a thermos is genius!

  • Brandi: August 29, 2017

    Ohh, I love the Monster energy bites! They look delicious – and an extra thumbs up that they are no bake!

  • Verna Hebert: August 29, 2017

    I like the parfait recipe ! Grandkids will love it !

  • Jennifer: August 28, 2017

    I love the quesadilla’s and the energy bites. I will be adding both to our household lunch rotation.

  • Nicole G.: August 28, 2017

    Kids definitely love to dip anything! A favorite is dry cereal with a container of milk to put on it with fruit on the side. Love apple slices with peanut butter to dip them in.

  • Felicia Gravitch : August 28, 2017

    Have to try the kid friendly parfait instead of the same old French toast bites or mini pancakes.. healthy and tasty what better than that

  • Laura Lepper: August 28, 2017

    My grandson eats very few thing & elementary schools do not let them use the microwave so the thermos will work out perfectly for him I just wish the shipping didn’t cost so much

  • AnaMaria: August 28, 2017

    I love the quesadilla idea. Cant believe I’ve never thought of it ?

  • Qiana Dautaj: August 28, 2017

    I love the dippers..This is perfect for my son loves to dip his carrots in ranch dressing

  • Mary: August 28, 2017

    I love the parfait idea. Healthy but still kid friendly.

  • Renee Smith: August 28, 2017

    These are some great ideas. I have some of the little thermo containers from Skip Hop but haven’t tried them yet. An item my girls like is ham, cheese, and pickles rolled up in a tortilla and then sliced sushi style. They love to dip veggies in ranch also.

  • Beth Talley: August 28, 2017

    Always looking for new lunch ideas for mY picky eater. Love all these ideas!!

  • debra dubois: August 28, 2017

    The thermal containers sounds great they are amazing ideas love the creativity.

  • Rania R: August 28, 2017

    I love the quesadillas. They look so good.My kids would love them too.

  • Danelle : August 28, 2017

    I love the energy bites idea. My girls would love them. And I would enjoy them too.

  • Kelly N: August 26, 2017

    My kids would love the yogurt parfait, the dippers, and the energy bites!!! I actually did the dippers in my lunch this past week and I loved it! Light weight, lots of variety, and very filling!

  • Elizbeth: August 26, 2017

    Love the quesadilla idea! My son started pre-k this last week and loves taking his lunch. So far his favorite is a hot dog with a side of watermelon and strawberries!

  • Celia: August 26, 2017

    I found these containers that come in all different sizes and shapes from Systema. They are awesome! My daughter’s favorite lunches are little sandwiches made on mini bagels or fruit and yogurt parfaits.

  • Donna H.: August 26, 2017

    Nevermind, I didn’t see the buyable thermos link above. After clicking on it, I saw the 4 layer thermos link: https://www.newchic.com/dinnerware-5033/p-1122390.html?rmmds=detail_recommendations – I might just get one for myself! Thank you :)

  • Tiffany Witherspoon: August 26, 2017

    My kids love it when I use lunch punches to make their sandwiches into cute shapes. They also like cheese sticks with turkey wrapped around them.

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