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6 ways to create a fun and healthy lunch box
I receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase using my link. Some kids are perfectly happy with the same lunch and same contents every day. I wish my kids were like that. Instead, I have to make sure I make their lunches fun and different every day…or they get bored! Please read the articles here by some wonderful Australian Bloggers! Make sure you choose a lunchbox your kids like and are happy with using. Make sure whatever you choose that it fits with the style of lunch your kids love.
If you need help with choosing a lunchbox, check out my lunchbox review. Variety is the spice of life.
By main item I mean the sandwich or wrap or whatever it is that is the main part of their lunch. We have sushi, rice paper rolls, bread sushi, scrolls, mini quiches, egg wraps, all sorts of things. I find the more I switch items around, the more likely they are to enjoy them.
Have some fun with food picks. One of the things that has been a key convincer for my kids with lunches has been when I started using food picks. They are the easy way to theme a lunchbox and make it more fun. There are lots of fun ones available that can help to make a more appealing. They can have a practical uses too, securing wraps, holding foods together. Having fun with cutters, either with fruit and veg or with ham, cheese or even sandwiches helps to make lunch more interesting. We do rounds of carrot cut with cutters and insert cucumber in the centre to have a bit of fun with fruit and veg.
Whether it is savoury like hummus or tzatziki or sweet like yoghurt with vanilla and honey, dipping something makes it immediately more fun! My kids love dipping! You can buy prewritten lunchnotes that go in the lunchbox and mean that the kids get a little message from you, or you can write your own. I love to write on bananas with a skewer as it turns brown by crunch and sip time and looks really cute! Let the kids help out.
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I just spread a nice generous layer of the tzatziki sauce on a tortilla then sprinkle on some chicken and roll it up to eat! If you, or your kids, have never had tzatziki you are in for a treat! It is a creamy sauce made from greek yogurt, cucumbers and dill. It is so creamy, rich and refreshing and yet still on the lighter side since its base is greek yogurt! To make this super quick you can grab precooked meat at the grocery store, use meat from a rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken from another meal!
This lunch might win runaway hit! It is so simple yet so delicious! This may look like just another fun lunch box, but this lunch is filled with 6 super foods! These muffins are made with oatmeal, greek yogurt, blueberries, cinnamon, apples, and egg, all of which have been proven to have super health benefits! You can whip up a batch of these and then freeze them and use them over the next few weeks as a lunch box filler!
It is all the goodness of a corn dog, but without the stick! To make them, just grab your favorite cornbread mix, and make it per the package directions.
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Drop it into a mini-muffin pan and then put a slice of hot dog in each one. Bake it as the package says and you are ready to go! All you need is a slice of bread, peanut butter or almond butter and your favorite jelly. Spread the peanut butter on to the bread first, then a thin layer of jelly, and then carefully roll it up. Use a serrated knife to cut them without smashing the roll up! You can also roll the bread out a bit to get a better swirl if you have the extra time! And if you are nut-free, try it with cream cheese instead!
I have to admit that this is my favorite lunch to fix for the kids, mostly because it is one of my favorites too! Pasta salad is so easy to make and can usually feed us all week long which is another bonus! You can make pasta salad in a million ways, but the super easy way I do it is to cook the pasta make sure it is something bite sized they can easily eat at school!
Place the drained pasta in a bowl and pour Italian salad dressing over it and mix until it is coated.
Add your kids favorite veggies, cheese cubes, and pepperoni or deli meat. Then just portion out and refrigerate! Do you have any creative lunch box favorites?
I would love to hear about it! Leave me a note in the comments and it would make my day! I read each and every one! Was trying to locate the recipe for the Blueberry Super Food Muffins. Can you help with that?
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Would love to try them. You can find the recipe here: I love your ideas. Can you help me with that? Would love to try them! You can find the blueberry superfood muffins here: Just wanted to say that I love your lunch ideas and now I see you have breakfast ideas as well. Truly excited that they are simple yet fun to make kiddos excited about their meals. I cannot wait to try them out.
Thank you so much Kristine! Sometimes I feel like I am talking to myself over here so it absolutely makes my day when I get comments like this. Thanks for taking the time! I love these ideas. They will be helpful in packing for a very picky teenager with autism. He needs a packed lunch 3 days a week, and it gets very difficult trying to create variety for him. This list gave me some great ideas. I have two competitive swimmers and its so important they eat a lot burning up to calories a day but to find healthy foods, they LIKE Is a huge struggle!
I am really looking forward to trying these lunch box ideas for my 2 year old at preschool and my son who has just started school and decided he wants packed lunch not school dinners! How do you stop the browning? Dip the apples in lemon juice before putting into the lunch. So glad they were helpful. This is the best post I have ever seen on cold lunches!
I have been looking for a good list for awhile and I am so glad I found this one. Do you keep foods like the bean and cheese burrito just in a container? I am concerned about keeping food like that for 4 hours or more in a lunch box and having a food-borne illness since the food is not kept hot. These are all made to eat cold, from a lunchbox, with an ice pack.. I personally would rather have my own lunch cold than having to heat up! My kids will enjoy these.