January 04, 2022 7 min read


Do you find yourself scratching your head for lunch ideas for your child? Lunch preparation might be challenging. It can take up a lot of your time, and if your child is the type who doesn't like the same food every time, continually coming up with fresh ideas can be really stressful. You do not, however, need to be concerned anymore. Plato Kids understands your frustration, so we've put up a list of lunch ideas for kids to help you get creative with meal planning!


Why Is It So Important for Kids To Eat Well?

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Today's kids and families have hectic schedules. These variables make eating cooked meals every day tricky. The majority of children's meals consist of takeout meals. These foods, however, can be unhealthy. Some of the problems that an incorrect diet might cause can linger well into adulthood. They can potentially turn into life-threatening illnesses.


A healthy diet has numerous advantages for children. It may be able to:

  • Maintain their energy level
  • Improve their mental abilities
  • Their moods are evened out
  • Assist them in maintaining healthy body weight
  • Assist in the prevention of mental illnesses


Advantages of Healthy Eating for Children

Furthermore, eating a balanced diet and focusing on nutrition are two of the simplest and most effective approaches to prevent disease. Many chronic diseases can be avoided by eating well. Obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes are among them.

Healthy eating habits are more likely to persist with you if you learn them as a child. That is why it is critical that you instill excellent habits in your children now. It will help them stay on track with their eating patterns. As a kid or an adult, this will aid them in avoiding chronic diseases such as those listed above.


Involve the Kids

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Allow your children to assist you with grocery shopping and meal selection. Teach kids how to read a food label so they can make informed decisions about the things they eat. They can also assist in the preparation of meals and take some responsibility for what they consume.

Planting a garden is another enjoyable method to involve your kids. Childrencan learn vital lessons by growing some of their favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs. It's rewarding to plant, cultivate, and harvest your own food. It can be a rewarding experience for both kids and adults.


School Lunch Ideas for Kids


1) Pizza Pancakes

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Pancakes and pizza? It's not as strange as it sounds...in fact, it's rather tasty! These pizza pancakes are easy to customize with your favorite pizza topping ingredients like pepperoni, salami, bell peppers, and jalapenos! They're made with a savory pancake batter and are a hit with kids of all ages! Serve with a dipping sauce like tomato sauce or ranch dressing.


2) Chicken Nuggets Cooked in the Air Fryer

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Chicken nuggets are usually a kid-friendly and quick-to-prepare option. In about 15 minutes, this dish goes from the air fryer to the lunch box. Serve with a side of pasta salad or a chicken salad and some fresh fruit like a couple of apple slices to round off the meal. A chicken salad is easy to make. All you have to do is mix some leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken with mayonnaise, celery, and iceberg lettuce.


3) Cucumber Sub Sandwich with Turkey and Cream Cheese

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These turkey and cream cheese deli sandwiches on cucumber rolls are a nutritious alternative to a sub when you don't want your kids to eat all those carbs. For a snappy sub with fewer carbs and calories, hollow out a cucumber and fill it with your favorite sandwich fillings. Plus, there's no soggy bread when your kids take these to school or on a picnic!


4) Veggie Wraps

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These kid-friendly wraps, which are packed with vegetables, cheese, and hummus before being wrapped and sliced, have a sushi vibe to them. To easily kick it up a notch, serve them with a creamy avocado spread. They appear spectacular, yet they're simple enough for kids to put together for a quick lunch or dinner. This is an easy lunch idea with a fun twist.


5) Hummus and Pita Bread

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Not only is hummus super yummy, but it is also packed with healthy nutrients. Your kids will love to eat this for their lunchtime. You can also add cucumber slices and carrot sticks for a healthier alternative.


6) Guacamole, Salsa and Tortilla Chips

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Does your kid love avocados? This healthy lunch idea is perfect for them. Kids love tortilla chips. They are a kid's favorite meal and they will love you for putting this in their lunch box. If you don't have tortilla chips, you can always replace them with whole-grain crackers. You can serve this with a cheese quesadilla and strawberries.


7) Pasta Salad

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This pasta salad is simple to prepare. This salad is made with simple ingredients and is adaptable, so you can prepare it when you're swamped. You are free to choose whatever pasta shape you want. Toss in some cheese and a variety of vegetables. A vinaigrette-based dressing is one option. You can serve it with raspberries for fruit, greek yogurt, and a granola bar on the side.


8) Peanut Butter/ Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich

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Who doesn't enjoy good old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Your child will undoubtedly do so. It will just take you a few minutes to prepare this lunch idea. If you don't have any peanut butter on hand, almond butter is an excellent substitute. Fruit salad, a cheese stick or cheese roll-ups, and whole wheat tortilla chips can be served as sides.


9) Crackers and Cheddar Cheese Cubes

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When you don't feel like cooking in the morning, this quick lunch idea is perfect. If you don't have any cheese cubes on hand, cottage cheese or cream cheese can be substituted. For sides, you can use any fruit you choose, such as grapes. Cherry tomatoes are also a good option. These bento boxes will be popular amongst the kids.


10) Cream Cheese Tortilla Roll-Ups

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These roll-ups, which are made with sliced vegetables and a whole-wheat tortilla, make a nutritious lunch for your children to take to school. You can throw in some fresh fruit for the side.


11) Hard Boiled Eggs with Fresh Fruit

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These wonderful bento-style lunch ideas with fruit, hard-boiled eggs, and more will be a hit with the kids. They're so basic, but they're usually a hit with the crowd. They're perfect when you're searching for some healthy lunch ideas for kids.


12) Tuna Salad

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You can't go wrong with tuna salad, which is high in protein and tasty as a sandwich. It's also quick and simple to prepare. Throw in some granola bars for when your kid feels like snacking.


13) Sliders With Chicken and Waffles

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These delicious chicken sliders are created with savory-sweet waffles that complement the chicken perfectly! To save even more time for these delightful lunchbox favorites, use store-bought chicken strips. You can also find waffles at your nearest grocery store.


14) Healthy BLT Sandwich

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For the filling, we use avocado, tomato, lettuce, and bacon. We use a creamy avocado spread flavored with garlic and basil in this healthy BLT recipe. In your supermarket store, look for sprouted-wheat bread in the freezer department or near other specialty bread. 


15) Sandwich on a Stick


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If your kids are tired of typical sandwiches, try placing the ingredients on a stick like these! For a fun variation on conventional sandwiches, skewer cherry tomatoes, sliced deli meats, and cheese cubes.


16) Healthy Lunchables


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Are you looking for new kid-friendly lunch ideas? Our healthy version of Lunchables, which includes turkey, cheese, and crackers for making little sandwiches, as well as fruit, veggies with dip, and even a little chocolate for dessert, will thrill kids. It's a cute way to encourage your kids to have a nutritious lunch, and preparing the kits rather than buying them saves money.


17) Bagel Pizzas

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Bagel pizzas are a terrific way to use up any leftover bread products from your bread box. They go well with whole wheat pita bread, tortillas, bread heels, and so on, in addition to bagels. For the toppings, simply grate some cheese and add some pepperoni slices and your kid will be over the moon.


18) Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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You only need sliced cheese, bread, butter, and a skillet for this recipe, and you've got yourself a grilled sandwich. To fill their little tummies, serve this meal with a hard-boiled egg and pea crisps.


19) Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups

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Grilled cheese roll-ups, like these from, are incredibly simple to make, and let's face it, your kids are 5 times more likely to eat them when they're folded up like this rather than as a standard sandwich! To get more whole grain nourishment, replace the bread with a whole wheat tortilla.


20) Nutella and Banana Roll-Ups

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A whole-wheat tortilla, a banana, and a Nutella spread are all you need to make this delicious Nutella and banana roll-up! Swap up the Nutella with almond butter, cream cheese, or even Greek yogurt for even more delectable and nutritious alternatives!


Tips To Keep in Mind While Packing Lunch

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  • Make sure you're aware of any peanut or other dietary limitations the school may have.
  • Keep food safety in mind at all times. Some of the things on the list will keep at room temperature, while others may need an ice pack to stay chilly.
  • Depending on how much your kid eats, adjust the serving size.



We hope you found this article helpful in coming up with some inventive lunch ideas for your child. Remember that if you want your child to eat a healthy diet, they will eat the same way you do. If you consume a nutritious diet, your child will be more likely to do so as well.

Shmuel Apel
Shmuel Apel

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