Healthy (And Fun!) Recipes for Your Child’s Packed Lunch

Need some new healthy ideas for your children’s packed lunch? We have you covered! These fun snacks will keep your kids smiling and eating healthy!

Homemade Pop-tarts

Ah, a kid favorite. A very sugary kid favorite. This recipe for homemade Pop-tarts kicks up the health factor while lowering the sugar content of this favorite breakfast treat. The recipe uses spelt flour (or whole wheat), chia seeds, and actual strawberries to create a healthier version of the snack. Though the recipe doesn’t call for frosting and sprinkles (and would be healthier without) your little one might enjoy that extra touch every once in a while when making these treats. You can also try making a healthier frosting if you feel the tarts need it!

Peanut Butter Snails

The name is less than appetizing, but these cute treats are perfect for kids! Using a celery stick, apple slice, peanut butter, and two broken pretzel (or thinly sliced carrot) pieces this recipe comes together to resemble a snail! Add two chocolate chips for eyes and voilà, he’s ready to eat!

Cat in the Hat Fruit Kabobs

Use bananas, strawberries, and grapes to put together Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs. Interweaving banana and strawberry slices resembles the cat’s hat in Dr. Seuss’ famous children’s book. A grape at the bottom stands in for the cat’s head.

Animal Face Flatbreads/Tortillas

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s multiple in one! Use a tortilla, sandwich bread, or flatbread as the base of an animal’s face. Then, use peanut butter, cream cheese, Nutella, deli meat, or cheese as a base. From there you can make pretty much any animal face (or flower, or bug, etc.) you want, depending on the items in your fridge and your creativity! The recipe includes specific directions and ingredients for a bear, chicken, butterfly, and flower, but the sky’s the limit!

Cinnamon Apple Chips

This is a great healthy dessert option for kids’ lunch boxes and it is pretty simple to prepare. All it takes are sliced apples, cinnamon, cooking spray, and sugar (only if needed). Cover the slices in cinnamon, put them in the oven and they’re good to go! See the full recipe for more details.

Mac & Cheese Cups (With Spinach/Kale)

At first glance, macaroni and cheese cups might not seem like the healthiest option, but choosing the right ingredients can make all the difference! You can use any mac and cheese you want or make a homemade version! Homemade is ideal for healthier ingredient options, but if you don’t have time to make it from scratch, you’re in luck. Gone are the days of only Kraft brand macaroni and cheese. Today, grocery store shelves have mac and cheese in many forms: gluten free, vegan, wheat, rice noodle – they have it all! Make the mac and cheese as the box or recipe instructs and then add in your choice of vegetables (the recipe calls for spinach or kale, but broccoli would also be delicious and nutritious!). To make the cups, add the mixture to a muffin or cupcake pan and top with shredded cheese and bread crumbs (if desired) and bake.

For more healthy packed lunch ideas, follow our Snacktime board on Pinterest!



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