Ideas for Kids' Healthy Lunch Boxes

Whole Grain Wraps: Fill whole grain wraps with lean proteins like grilled chicken, turkey slices, or paneer (cottage cheese), along with plenty of veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Add a spread of hummus or avocado for extra flavor and nutrition. 

Homemade Veggie Pizza: Prepare mini whole wheat pizza crusts or pita bread and top them with tomato sauce, chopped vegetables like bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and spinach, and a sprinkle of low-fat cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Pack along with some fresh fruit. 

Quinoa Salad: Cooked quinoa mixed with colorful vegetables like cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers, shredded carrots, and chopped bell peppers. Add in some protein such as chickpeas or grilled tofu. Toss with a light vinaigrette dressing made from olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs. 

Boiled Egg Sandwich: Hard-boil eggs and mash them with a bit of Greek yogurt, mustard, and chopped herbs like chives or parsley. Spread the mixture onto whole grain bread slices and add lettuce or spinach leaves. Serve with a side of carrot sticks or cucumber slices. 

Hummus and Veggie Sticks: Pack a container of hummus alongside colorful veggie sticks such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cucumber slices. Include whole grain crackers or pita bread for dipping. 

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs: Thread chunks of fresh fruits like strawberries, grapes, pineapple, and melon alternately with cubes of low-fat cheese onto skewers for a fun and nutritious lunch option. 

Chickpea Salad: Combine cooked chickpeas with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and chopped fresh herbs like cilantro. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper for a refreshing and filling salad option. 

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich: Spread natural peanut butter on whole grain bread and add sliced bananas for a classic, protein-packed sandwich. Optionally, drizzle with a touch of honey for sweetness. 

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