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:)
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
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
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
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...
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
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