Here are 9 healthy and creative lunch ideas you can pack your kids for school. Each one is filled with fresh fruits and veggies that add a burst of colour in each box and make it fun and appealing for kids.
#1 Pasta Salad
Cold pasta salad is quick and easy to make and super easy to customize. I've made this one with bell peppers, corn, purple cabbage and feta and dressed it with olive oil. I've served salami, crackers and cheese on the side and my yummy Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cookie.
#2 Zuccini Loaf
If you want your kids to DEVOUR their school lunch then include this yummy zucchini loaf. I've served it with a side of grapes and bell peppers and some kid favourites - goldfish and a cheese string. TIP: If you pack the loaf in the same compartment as the crackers make sure to wrap the loaf in parchment so that it doesn't make the crackers soft. The recipe for this yummy zucchini loaf can be found in my free lunch plan here.
Every time I'm at the grocery store I look for healthy prepared foods that I can easily toss in a lunchbox, like these yummy samosas. I've served them with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies and cubed cheese. Tip: cut corn into small rounds to make it easy for kids to eat.
#4 French toast
For those of you who have been following me for a while you know how much I love packing french toast. It's easy, delicious and I always have bread and eggs on hand so I pack it a lot! Here I've served it with grapes, cheese crackers, bell peppers and cucumbers. Feel free to include a small container of maple syrup with the French toast or just add a little syrup into the egg mixture before cooking it.
Sandwich options are endless so talk with your kids and find out what toppings they like best. A few of my kids favourites are sunflower seed and jelly sandwiches, cream cheese and turkey and cheese. Here I've served it with fresh fruits and veggies. Tip: Slice carrots into star shapes using a mini cookie cutter and score cucumbers with a fork before slicing to make them fun.
I am SO happy that my kids finally like hummus! It's a healthy spread that's packed with fibre and protein and you can buy it at any grocery store in convenient lunch size containers and an assortment of flavours. YAY!! I like to serve it with pretzels and veggies sticks and here I've also added a few fresh strawberries and Surf Sweets Jelly Beans.
#7 The veggie Box
If you're kid is a veggisaurus like my Abi then this is the box for them! It's packed with loads of fresh colourful produce. I love mixing fruits and veggies together because it creates a rainbow of colour. You can skip the cheese and crackers or keep it in for some extra fibre and protein. TIP: Cut the top off of the orange to make it easy for kids to peel.
#8 Omelette rollups
If you're littles like eggs you'll have to try these yummy Spinach and Cheese Omelette Roll-Ups. They're easy peasy to make and customize. Click here for the recipe. I like to serve them with mini naan bread and as always, fresh fruits and veggies.
#9 BReakfast Croissant
My kids love croissants and their favourite way to eat them is with a fried egg. If you want to make them even more decadent and delicious try adding a slice of cheese and/or ham. Or simply serve a cheese kabob on the side like I've done above. Click here for my FAVOURITE chocolate chip cookie recipe.