Let’s face it, kids can be picky eaters. However, nowadays you don’t just have to give them a cheese and ham sandwich. There are much healthier options that you can put in your kids’ lunch box which they won’t turn their noses up at.
It’s a good idea to get those containers which have separate sections so you can give them a variety of foods. As well as the main course, put in some fruit as well as almonds and chocolate chips to satisfy their sweet tooth. Give them a bottle of water, a juice box or chocolate milk to drink.
Here we are going to give you our top ten healthy lunch ideas for kids.
Boiled Egg Lunch Box
This is one of our best lunch box ideas. Eggs are jam packed full of protein as well as vitamins and minerals so you can’t go wrong. Hard boil a couple of eggs and put them in the lunch box together with raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, peppers and cauliflower.
Tuna is a very healthy choice and you can make this lunch box idea in the morning and save some for your own lunch. This recipe serves four and all you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise and some lemon juice. If your kids like a spicy kick add a bit of Tabasco. Mix in 2 6 ounce cans of tuna, 2 sliced dill pickles and a ¼ of a sliced onion. You can either serve the tuna salad as it is together with raw vegetables or in a sandwich or pita bread.
Chicken and Avocado Roll-Ups
Kids generally love anything with tortilla wraps so this lunch box idea is a winner. Mash up 2 avocados with the juice of a lime. Then add 2 cups of cooked and shredded chicken breasts, half a chopped onion, a chopped red bell pepper, 2 tablespoons sour cream, a cup of low fat grated cheese and 2 tablespoons of chopped chives. Spread this mixture onto 4 tortilla wraps, roll and then cut into 1 inch rolls.
Taco Salad in a Jar
This is a recipe which older kids will enjoy as they will think that eating out of a jar is cool. What you have to do first is cook 1 pound of ground turkey with salt, pepper and taco seasoning for 10 minutes. Then comes the layering. This recipe is enough for 6 jars so layer the turkey in the bottom. Then divide up a 15 ounce can of black beans, 2 cups of corn, some lettuce, grated cheese and a cup of diced tomatoes. Your teenagers will love this.
If your kids are fed up of sandwiches why not give them a bagel instead. They will love the different consistency. A hummus bagel is a great choice as a healthy lunch idea for kids. To make the hummus process a can of chick peas with a clove of garlic, ¼ cup of tahini, olive oil and lemon juice. If you want to add a twist to the hummus add in a jar of roasted peppers. When the mixture is soft spread the hummus on one side of the bagel and put a slice of their favourite cheese on top with some veggies such as tomatoes and cucumbers.
Build Your Own Taco
This is a fun recipe which your kids will like to make themselves after you’ve put the basic ingredients in their lunch box. Put in tortilla scoops, shredded cheese, black or kidney beans, sliced tomatoes and shredded lettuce. If there’s room in their lunch box put in some sour cream and salsa. It will be a real Mexican feast.
Veggies and Dip
A great way to get your kids to eat more veggies is by putting them raw in their lunch box with a dipping sauce. This is a great healthy lunch box idea for kids. Put in sticks of vegetables like peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and celery as well as some toasted bread cubes. Add their favorite dips such as Thousand Island, Blue Cheese or Ranch.
Fruity Chicken Balls
Another kid’s lunch box idea is fruity chicken balls. They’ll think they’re eating chicken nuggets, but they’ll be getting the added benefit of fruits and veggies. They’re not too difficult to make either. All you have to do is fry a chopped onion and carrot first and then peel an apple and pear and grate them. Mix all of this with half a pound of chicken mince, parsley and paprika. Make these into 25 balls and fry. You can have some yourself for lunch and refrigerate the rest for lunches in a couple of days time.
Rainbow Spring Rolls
If your kids are into Chinese food, these spring rolls should go down well as a lunch box idea. You first need to chop up the vegetables; a red and yellow pepper, a carrot, half a purple cabbage and an avocado. Then it’s time to make the dressing. Mix together 1 and a half tablespoons of rice vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of hot sauce and a quarter of a cup of mayonnaise. Get 10 rice paper wrappers and soften in warm water. Put in the vegetables, the dressing and roll. It’s a delicious oriental meal for your kids’ lunch box.
Greek Chicken Pasta
This is a great healthy lunch box idea for your kids. You can have it the night before and then put what’s left in their lunch box. It tastes just as good cold. The first thing to do is put a marinade on 2 chicken breasts. Mix together oregano, lemon zest, 2 cloves of garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper, rub into the chicken and cook for 25 minutes at 425F. While this is cooking cook pasta for 12 minutes. Mix in chopped artichoke hearts and some pitted olives. Mix this with the shredded chicken and then pour over vinaigrette made with ½ cup of lemon juice and ½ cup of olive oil. A great added touch is to sprinkle crumbled feta on top.
As can be seen, there are lots of healthy lunch ideas for kids. They don’t need to eat just processed meats and sweet treats. Chicken is a great healthy option for your kids and adds in plenty of veggies. Most kids will eat them if they come with a dip.