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5 Easy Packed Kids Lunches

Weekday mornings in the kitchen can seriously feel like grand central station.  With rousing, those late sleepers to whipping up a family-sized breakfast, packing healthy school lunches can fall by the waist side with little time to spare.  But don’t turn to those processed, pre-packaged lunches just yet.  With the help of these 5 quick yet delicious packed kids lunches, you don’t have to sacrifice produce and proteins to make it to the school bus on time. 

Crunchy Lettuce Wraps

Crispy lettuce cups are super fun to eat, so this easy kids lunch recipe may even please the pickiest of eaters.  Chop up your kid’s favorite protein of choice, like grilled steak, fried chicken, or even fish sticks.  Personally, teriyaki chicken tastes fantastic with lettuce wraps, and you can even try sprinkling a little cheese in there too.

This is such a clever and yummy way to get kids to eat their veggies.  Plus it’s an easy way to use up last night’s leftovers fast.  Sliced carrots, steamed peas, and kale are also delicious additions to your kid’s lunchtime lettuce cups too. 

Believe it or not, lettuce cups are even a cool alternative to sugary sweet desserts.  Instantly transform your lettuce wraps into naturally sweet snacks with crisp apple slices and cheddar cheese, fresh strawberries and cottage cheese, or bananas and honey. 

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

These simple and sweet kabobs are perfect for spring.  Plus they’re loaded with all those essential vitamins and minerals you want in your child’s lunchbox.  Making fruit kabobs is a fun activity your kids can do the night before too.  And that means one last thing you have to do in the morning!

There are so many delicious fruit kabob combinations you and your kids can try.  Sliced blueberries, bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, watermelon, and apples have the perfect thickness for kabobs.  You can also balance your kabobs out with fresh vegetables like carrots, jicama, and cucumber.  These raw veggies taste particularly yummy with fruits. 

Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup & Cheese Sandwich

This is another one that can be prepared the night before, making for another awesome grab n’ go kids packed lunch.  This is also a great opportunity to grab the kiddos and bust out that old family recipe for grandma’s tomato soup.  But this time around, instead of throwing a grilled cheese on the grill, you’ll need to make cold yet super yummy kid-approved cheese sandwiches. Try out some of these tasty and quick cold cheese sandwich combos. 

  • Fresh mozzarella and tomato slices
  • Crunchy cucumber and provolone
  • Cheddar Cheese, lettuce and tomato with organic mayo

Peanut Butter Apples

Does it get any easier than simply filling up an apple with peanut butter?  If you have an apple core tool handy, this might become your newest go-to kids lunch side.  Once you core the apple of your choice, simply fill the empty space with peanut butter and voila!  A peanut butter apple is born.  Try adding extra healthy goodies to your peanut butter, like chopped bananas, raisins, strawberries, and sliced almonds. 

If you don’t have an apple corer, you can still make peanut butter and apple concoctions that your kids will love.  Try cutting a fresh apple in half and hollowing out spaces in each part.  Fill each space with tasty and healthy spreads, like peanut butter, cottage cheese, or canned fruit cocktail.  Put the two halves back together and wrap it up in tinfoil for a crisp, delicious and cool lunchtime treat. 

Mini Pita Sandwiches

Thank you pita bread for making lunch packing a little easier.  Thankfully, kids love to eat “pocket style” foods, making pita bread a quick and healthy alternative to sliced bread.  Plus you can pack in a lot more veggies and proteins, rather than just sticking to bologna and American cheese or good ole’ peanut butter and jelly.

Pita sandwiches are great for using up dinner and holiday leftovers.  Take sliced ham, turkey, and everyone’s favorite, bacon, and mix them up with crunchy leafy greens and light ranch dressing for a delicious and substantial kids BLT. 

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