5 Easy and Nutritious Lunch Ideas for Kids
If you let your kids choose their own lunches all the time, you’d probably be dishing out grilled cheese and cookies every day. (At least that’s what we would have picked as kids.) So if you’re trying to encourage healthier eating habits, you’ve got to have some kid-friendly, nutritious lunch ideas in your back pocket. (A pantry full of better-for-you heirloom snacks doesn’t hurt either 😉). These five ideas are all easy to put together and infinitely customizable to your kids’ tastes and allergies. And don’t worry, adults will love eating them too!
1. Snack plate
Some kids are naturally snackers, and rather than eating a sandwich or other meal at lunchtime, they’d much rather graze an assortment of finger foods. Try loading a plate with a bunch of healthy and better-for-you snacks. It’s quick and easy, and the possibilities are endless. We like to do rolls of uncured deli meat, cheese cubes, fresh fruit, veggie sticks and our Heirloom Snack Crackers.
Some ideas for snack plate lunches:
- Rolled uncured deli meat
- Cheese cubes
- Carrot sticks
- Heirloom Snack Crackers
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Orange slices
- Heirloom Cheese Balls
- Cucumber slices
- Celery and peanut butter
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried fruit
4. Soup ‘n’ crackers
Whether you prefer to make your famous homemade chicken soup or just open a can (no judgement here!), soup is a classic lunchtime comfort food. Instead of crumbled saltines or croutons, we like to top ours with a handful of our Heirloom Snack Crackers (they’re a great swap for kids who are gluten-free). The Sea Salt crackers are perfect for any kind of soup, but we especially love the Cheddar ones on tomato soup and the Everything Bagel flavor on vegetable.
3. PB&J with crackers and fruit
You can’t go wrong with a simple sandwich and healthful sides. To up the nutrition of a traditional PB&J, use whole grain bread and organic peanut butter with no added sugar or oil (or try sunflower seed butter for kids with nut allergies). We like to serve it with a side of orange slices and our Heirloom Snack Crackers. For more ideas for sides, see the snack plate suggestions above.
4. Yogurt, fruit, veggies and crackers
Yogurt often gets classed as a breakfast food, but there’s no reason not to eat it at lunch too (just ask any office worker). To keep it healthier, go with an organic brand without added sugar or artificial flavorings. Mix in berries and top with some of our Heirloom Caramel Popcorn for extra sweetness! Add some sides like carrot sticks and our Heirloom Snack Crackers and you’ve got a well-balanced, kid-friendly lunch!
5. Hummus platter
Like the snack board idea, this is a mix-and-match meal, only this time we’re making hummus the star of the show. Hummus is packed with plant protein, and it's a fun lunch for kids to dip all their favorite veggies, crackers and better-for-you chips. If you’re looking for something different, we love this roasted beet hummus recipe, but you also can’t go wrong with your favorite organic store-bought hummus. For dipping, we like to serve carrot and celery sticks, radishes, bell pepper slices, cucumber slices, cheese cubes, and our Heirloom Corn Dippers and Snack Crackers—basically whatever we can find in the fridge or pantry!