Make over your kid’s mundane lunch with fun lunchbox recipes that are healthy and delicious.
Lunch is that fun break in the day when kids refuel and recharge. However, bologna sandwiches and an unpeeled orange become as unexciting to eat as learning multiplication facts. Revamp your child’s lunch by reinventing it with the following fun and creative lunchbox ideas.
Peanut Butter & Jelly Breakfast Sammie
You know it’s time to retire the traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich from your lunch menu (at least temporarily) after mixing and matching jellies, peanut butters and breads to only meet the disappointed face of your kid as you hand them their lunch in the morning. Despite pairing orange marmalade with chunky peanut butter and spreading concord grape on top of a whipped peanut butter spread, your little one’s palate can’t take one more bite. Go gourmet by replacing the PB&J’s bread with a homemade Belgian waffle or whole wheat pancakes. Add berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, and sprinkle with powdered sugar for a delicious lunchtime treat that will be hard to resist until the bell rings.
Sweetened Apple Stacks
Rather than tossing a whole apple into your child’s brown bag lunch, treat them to sweetened sliced apple stacks. Your child will be the envy of the cafeteria as they munch on freshly sliced green apples stacked with layers of Nutella or peanut butter. Top the fruity tart stacks with chocolate chips, granola, coconut, or raisins.
Lunchmeat & Cheese Kabobs
In the company of the classic PB&J, the turkey and provolone on white bread is also starting to taste like cardboard on cardboard. Give the turkey and provolone sandwich a make-over by skewering lunchmeat and cheese into kabobs. On a wooden stick that you’d use for corn dogs or caramel apples, skewer two different types of folded lunchmeat, cubes of two different types of cheese, baby tomatoes and romaine lettuce. Pack crackers, or even healthy crispbreads, in a plastic baggie as a lunchbox side dish to complement the kid-friendly kabobs.
Fresh Veggie Juice
Although convenient, prepackaged juice boxes are high in calories and sugar-filled, plus without the fiber. Replace the juice box with a fresh, homemade juice drink for kids that provides your little one with the essential nutrients and minerals for day-long energy and learning.
- To gain that green power, blend together a handful of kale, 1 pear, strawberries (1 cup), half of 1 unpeeled lemon, and 1 apple. Tell your little buddy that any kid who downs this drink receives Vitamin C, calcium, and fiber, which are super powers that will transform him into the Green Lantern who's ready to learn.
- If carrots are always left behind on the dinner plate, mix those orange veggies into a kid-friendly cocktail. Blend 1 apple and orange, 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks and half a lemon to create a sweet and healthy drink that will rejuvenate the growing mind and body during that lunchtime break.
- Pack juice drinks in a reusable juice box or stainless steel kids water bottle.
Invite your child to help prepare these creative and fun lunch recipes for kids that will turn formerly bland lunchboxes into a fun and scrumptious meal!