Written and photographed by Amy of A Blossoming Life
School is officially back in session! You know what that means moms… Trying to figure out easy, quick, and healthy lunches for kids! It can be really easy to get into a sandwich rut or just trying to find healthy meals that kids will love. Today, I want to share with you some easy and healthy non-sandwich ideas that your kids will love!
Building a Healthier Lunch Tips:
- Choose whole wheat products over white processed foods (look for 100% whole wheat)!
- Include a fruit and a vegetable!
- Choose healthier sweets like fruit, yogurt, natural fruit strips, unsweetened dried fruit, etc.
- Include leftovers. Have left over pasta from dinner… how about a healthy pasta salad?
- Make healthier food fun by using cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
- Kids love to feel like they made something, so let them help you make their lunch or put ingredients in their lunch box for them to build their own meals!
- Don’t forget to include an ice pack to keep food cold and safe.
- Spend one afternoon a week slicing and dicing fresh fruits and vegetables to make it easier to throw together a healthy lunch!
Lunch 1: Turkey Wraps
- Turkey wrap: slices of cheese and apples wrapped in turkey lunch meat
- Zucchini or cucumber “fries”
- Corn on the Cob
Lunch 2: Create your own pizzas:
- Make cheese pizzas with whole grain sandwich thins, english muffins, or bagels, pasta sauce, and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until golden. Include your child’s favorite toppings on the side so they can build their favorite pizza.
- Fruit salad
- Pudding cup
Lunch 3: Healthy Pasta Salad
- Pasta salad: Use whole grain pasta, add in extra veggies, chicken, and use a low fat vinaigrette for a balanced and healthy dish.
- String cheese
- Yogurt with fruit.
Lunch 4: Tacos
- Pack left over cooked chicken, tortillas or tortilla chips, cheese, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, etc and have your child create their own tacos.
- Beans and rice
- Mandarin oranges
Lunch 5: Pita Pockets
- Whole wheat pita with roast beef, a slice of cheese, lettuce, and cucumber. Spice it up with she hummus.
- Mixed nuts/trail mix
- Carrots and celery with dip
- Fresh fruit
Amy is the author behind the creative lifestyle blog A Blossoming Life. She loves to encourage others to create things homemade, enjoy life, and encourage a faith filled life. On the blog she shares bits of her craziness like crafts, tasty recipes, DIY projects, furniture makeovers, fashion, and all things frugal! Amy recently graduated with my masters in nutrition and is studying to become a Registered Dietitian! Usually the recipes you can find on her blog are healthy… or at least made from real ingredients!
Thank you Amy! Be sure to check out this gallery of contributor posts. It’s amazing!
You know why I love having Amy as a contributor? Look at one of her latest DIY posts:
Lemon Chamomile Calming Lip Balm (you must see to believe!)