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10 Creative kids’ lunch ideas

In Back to School by Angela Amman1 Comment

Don’t fall into a lunch box rut

Packing kids’ lunches can become a chore after the first week of school ends. Finding new kids’ lunch ideas can keep moms from falling into a lunch making rut. Kids will love having new — delicious — lunches to try, and moms will feel better knowing their little ones are filling their tummies with nutritious choices.

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10 fantastic kids’ lunch ideas

Poppy Haus lets you take your kids’ lunches old school with Fruit Roll-Ups. The all-fruit snacks don’t add any sugar or other artificial ingredients, so you can feel good sending them in your kids’ lunch boxes.

Sandwich skewers from My Fussy Eater make lunch time a little bit more fun for fussy eaters. They sneak a bit of salad into a lunchbox, but even if kids don’t eat their greens, there are still other options to make sure they’re not hungry after lunch.

Make your little monsters a fun, new sandwich for lunch. Chocolate and Carrots takes a simple kids’ favorite and transforms it into her Monster Sandwiches. They’re an easy way to add something special to lunch without foregoing your little one’s favorite flavors.

Healthy carrot muffins from Wholesome Ireland can be added to a lunch box or used as a quick breakfast before school. Without sugar, eggs, or wheat they’re allergy-friendly and nutritious.

Filo pastry mini quiches from A Mummy Too are a delicious way to let kids customize their lunches. Offer them a variety of fillings for the quiches, and they’ll have their favorite flavors tucked into a portable, easy-to-eat package.

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Pizza — a constant favorite of kids — becomes lunch box friendly in The Cook’s Pyjamas’ Margherita pizza scrolls. The three-ingredient bites are sure to become a favorite in your child’s lunch rotation.

Ham & cheese cupcakes from Meals, Heels, and Cocktails are delicious straight from the oven — and taste just as yummy the next day. Whip up a batch of the savory muffins for dinner one night and pack the leftovers for lunch.

Gluten-free Mexican bites take a few ingredients from the ever-popular taco night and repurpose them for lunch the next day. They’re freezable, too, so you can make a double batch and pull them out whenever you’re short on time.

Thank Half Baked Harvest for a protein-packed lunch option that kids will devour. Kid-favorite chicken strips add a little extra nutrition in her Quinoa crusted chicken strips. Add your child’s favorite dipping sauce or try the included BBQ honey mustard sauce.

Chicken pesto zucchini noodles are a flavorful lunch option that add a healthy punch to any box. Chilled pasta is an unexpected alternative to sandwiches and easy for kids to eat quickly. Let kids help spiralize the noodles so they know they’ve helped with their lunches.

A bonus recipe for added sweetness

For a sweet treat at the end of your child’s lunch, try the Nutty Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from My Friend’s Bakery. Making your own granola bars is easier than you think and avoids a bunch of preservatives your kids don’t need.

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1. Poppy Haus, 2. My Fussy Eater, 3. Chocolate and Carrots, 4. Wholesome Ireland, 5. A Mummy Too, 6. The Cook’s Pyjamas, 7. Meals, Heels, and Cocktails, 8. Gluten Free for Lunchboxes, 9. Half Baked Harvest, 10. Snixy Kitchen, 11. My Friend’s Bakery

Meet the Author | Angela Amman

Angela Amman is a short story and essay writer. Collecting her family's stories is a gift-in-progress for her daughter and son, and she blogs at Playing with Words, capturing the craziness and beauty that weave together to create something extraordinary. As the co-director of Listen To Your Mother Metro Detroit, Angela is thrilled to bring others' stories to the stage and to celebrate the magic of words, storytelling, and the courage to share that magic with an audience. When she should be sleeping, she works on her latest short story collection. Her writing has been featured on Mamalode, Peacock Journal, and Scary Mommy. Her personal essays and short stories have appeared in her collection, Nothing Goes Away, and various anthologies.

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