Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas That Aren’t Boring

Packing lunches is one of those seemingly simple tasks, that can easily become daunting when you are short on time and/or have picky kids. Packing a nutritious and filling lunch that your kids will actually enjoy can be a challenge! Can we get an “Amen!” Most moms don’t have time to worry about how many grams of protein and what type of carbohydrates are in their kids’ lunchboxes, but we’re here to help with some nutritionist-approved easy combinations that you can throw together and feel good about. We turned to Cara Clark from Cara Clark Nutrition for her kids lunchbox ideas – she’s a mom of 4, so she knows what she’s talking about! According to Cara, “Lunch should include a protein, a fat, a complex carb (like a bar), a simple carb (fruit), a veggie and a snack.” Here, she shares 3 of her favorite healthy lunch box ideas!

3 Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas

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Day 1:

Snack: 1 small apple, 1 hard-boiled egg, 10 whole-grain crackers

Lunch: Crackers left from snack, 1 string cheese, 5 baby carrots, 1/4 cup grapes, Clif Z Bar

Day 2:

Snack: Applesauce pouch, 2 slices of turkey rolled

Lunch: Hummus or guacamole packet, 1 oz. organic tortilla chips, 3 raw mini peppers, 6 cucumber slices, 1 homemade cookie

Kids Lunchbox Ideas, Healthy Kids Lunch box Ideas

Day 3:

Snack: 4 oz. cottage cheese, 1 oz. kettle cooked potato chips (no more than 3 ingredients), 2 mini peppers

Lunch: 1 oz. whole grain crackers, 2 tablespoons nut butter spread, 8 snap peas, 3 cauliflower florets, 3 strawberries, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds mixed with dark chocolate chips

Kids Lunchbox Ideas, Healthy Kids Lunch box Ideas
Photos via Bless This Mess

When in doubt, follow Cara Clark Nutrition’s go-to lunchbox formula: 2 proteins (1 for snack time and 1 for lunch time), 1 healthy fat, 1 serving of fruit, 1 serving of vegetables, a grain (can be in the form of a snack or a treat). The snack/treat ensures that they’re satisfied and not envying treats that other kids may have. She also recommends sending kids to school with a refillable 12 oz. water bottle so they stay hydrated, and encouraging them to finish any food leftovers as an after-school snack.

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