10 Healthy Kids Lunch Ideas

There is a lot of pressure on parents about what they should and shouldn’t be feeding their kids. If you’ve got little ones starting school this year, you’re probably hoping to provide your kids with healthy lunches that won’t end up in the bin. The main rule when it comes to making kids lunches healthy is to stick to things that only have ingredients you recognise. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Mandarines

There is a reason mandarins are a go to lunch box food for kids. They are easy and fun for little ones to peel, plus they are compact and healthy.

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2. Kiwi Fruit

Many kids like having kiwi fruit in their lunchbox simply because it is fun to eat. Cut the Kiwi fruit in half, wrap it in cling wrap and throw in a spoon so they can scoop it straight out of the skin.

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4. Apple Race Cars

For those parents that have a little more time in the morning to make their kid's lunch more exciting, these little apple race cars are sure to win you some parent points. Your kids will be overjoyed to open their lunch box and find their apple has been cut into a cool car. View the full instructions here.

5. Savoury Muffins

Savoury Muffins are a staple of the modern parent. They are easy to make in bulk, then they can be frozen and thrown into a lunch box every day. You can mix up the recipes according to your kid's tastes. Here is just one of many recipes which can be found online.

6. Veggie Dips

Having trouble getting your little one to eat their veggies? Here's an idea; pack their lunch with a yummy dip they like, this might be hummus, salsa, avocado dip or even just a bit of peanut butter then provide them with a selection of veggies to dip into the dip, how could they resist?

7. Fruit Kebabs

Your kid might not get excited by an apple in the lunch box but dress that fruit up and you’re looking at a whole new kettle of worms. Use paddle pop sticks to thread pieces of fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, and apple and you have yourself colourful fruit kebab. This is a special treat that will make your little one the envy of the playground.

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8. Beef Taco Soup

For the cooler months, you could load your kid's lunch box up with a range of healthy soups in a flask. Mix it up with a different soup every week. This beef taco soup is a great place to start.

9. Easy Minestrone Soup

Another soup idea is an easy minestrone soup. Kids love this pasta-based Italian style soup. Not only is is healthy and hearty, it is also a great lunch option for winter. View the recipe here.

10. Kid Friendly Green Smoothie

If your little one isn’t a big eater and you are concerned about them getting their daily nutrients, consider packing a healthy smoothie in their lunch box. View the recipe here.

3. Zucchini Slice

Zucchini slice is surprisingly easy to make. It’s a two step process that takes under an hour. If you are a busy parent (what parent isn't busy?), then this is a great example of something you can whip up on a Sunday, freeze and then use all week. View the full recipe here.

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