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7+ Deliciously Creative Lunch Ideas for Kids

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Need a little lunch box inspiration?  I’ve got 7+ Deliciously Creative Lunch Ideas for Kids to share with you today!

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Healthy Lunches on the Go

Have you ever had lunch with your elementary-aged kids at school?

If so, you know the cafeteria at lunchtime is a busy and hectic place! Kids are always on the go running around and talking to all their friends at the table and often don’t make time to eat their entire lunch! (especially if they have to wait in line for the school lunch.)

That’s why it’s important that you pack their lunch so they can eat something healthy, well-balanced, and nutritious. Even more important is that the lunches we make are easy to prepare!

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas Kids Will Eat

One of my goals this school year is to rely less on the school lunches and do a better job keeping the fridge and pantry stocked with kid-friendly, healthy lunch items. I have one child that will eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day if I let him, but the other child will not touch a sandwich with a 10-foot pole.

I definitely have to be creative with our lunch menus. (Thanks to Horizon for sponsoring this post!) But the good news is my guys are finally old enough to prep and pack their own lunches the evening before. (With a little direction of course…)

Before school started, I sat everyone down and let them know we were going to be packing our lunches more often and we had a brainstorming session on the types of foods they wanted in their lunches.

My favorite lunch box supply products:

  1. Rubbermaid Lunch Blox Sandwich kit (Seriously- it’s great!)
  2. Silicone cupcake liners:
  3. Soup thermos

7 Deliciously Creative and Easy Lunch Box Ideas

We came up with a fairly nice list. We tried to hit each food group and included a Horizon 1% Milk carton with each meal.

Here are 7 quick and easy kids lunch box ideas for packing your child a nutritious lunch — all of which will be eaten in less than 10 minutes! Dont forget to include one of these free printable lunchbox notes!

1. Salami and cheese rollup, yogurt, olives, pita chips, grapes and milk.

easy lunch box ideas for kids

2. DIY Tostadas (Baked tortilla chips, refried beans, and shredded cheese) with baby carrots, banana, and milk.

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3. Wrap made with herbed cream cheese, deli meat and lettuce, yogurt, grapes, carrots, and milk.

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4. DIY Mini Pizzas (pita chip rounds, pizza sauce and shredded cheese), olives, baby carrots, fruit and milk.

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5. DIY Lunchable (Sliced Deli Meat, cheese and crackers) Apple, carrots, pistachios and milk.

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6. Black bean and egg tacos, yogurt and granola, grapes and milk.

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7. Hummus and Pita Chips, boiled egg, apple and milk.

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A few more lunch ideas:

  • Cream cheese and jelly on English muffins, bagels, or sandwich thins.
  • Ham and cheese on Hawaiian rolls (actually anything on a Hawaiian roll… Hawaiian rolls make everything better.)
  • Bean burritos
  • Tuna or egg salad w/ crackers (if lunch is early and/or you can keep it cold enough)
  • Leftovers (only if they’re yummy of course!)
  • Boiled eggs (Pro tip: don’t send boiled eggs if your child has PE right after lunch. No one will be happy and that is no “yoke!”)

Do you have any favorite kid’s lunch box ideas to share? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    What is the bento box you are using here? And where do you get them?

    1. Those were a random box I found at Target a few years back. I actually prefer the lunchblox containers from Rubbermaid now: http://amzn.to/2a6f1xp