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Healthy Lunches for Kids by VeresJanan ,  Oct 14, 2012
Healthy Lunches For Kids

Packing school lunches for children that are both healthy and kid-friendly can be a challenging task for parents, especially if you're pressed for time and can't spend hours on prep-work or planning. 

When you don't have much time but also don't want to reach for convenient pre-packaged items that are loaded with fat, carbs and sodium, what's the solution?

Here are some great ideas.


Smoothies are colorful, rich in fiber and protein, and can be kept cool and ready to drink in a thermos.


  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu

Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch

This type of mix and match lunch based on a Japanese Bento Box seems like a fun, intriguing way to get a lot of fruits and veggies into a child's diet.


  • 1 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons prepared pizza sauce
  • 12 leaves baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup cucumber spears
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat creamy dressing, such as ranch
  • 1 cup small watermelon pieces
  • 6 chocolate wafer cookies

    1. Place tortilla on a plate and spread pizza sauce over it. Top with an even layer of spinach and sprinklecheese on top. Microwave on High until the cheese is just melted, about 45 seconds. Carefully roll the tortilla up. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into pieces, if desired. Pack the slices in a medium container.
    2. Pack cucumber and cauliflower in another medium container. Nestle a small, dip-size container among the vegetables and add dressing.
    3. Pack watermelon in one small container and cookies in another small container

Apple, Cheddar & Peanut Butter Sandwich

This new update on a traditional PBJ looks healthier and certainly trendy.

Split a focaccia square in half crosswise. Spread the cut side of 1 half with peanut butter. Top with a layer of cheddar-cheese slices and then a layer of thin apple slices. Cover with the other half, cut side down, and press gently.

Another Fun Bento Box-Type Idea

Power Pita

2 mini whole wheat pita pockets with grilled-chicken strips and veggies

3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries

1/2 cup sugar snap peas

8 animal crackers

Great Ideas for School Lunches

Make lunch-planning easy with these 30 easy, healthy ideas for everything from soups and sandwiches to sweets and salads. Plus, check out the top-tested lunch boxes to keep homemade goodies fresh and delicious.

Recipes for...

Sandwiches and Munchies

Mozzarella and Tomato

This simple sandwich is a cinch to make and pack. Prepare it the night before and give the flavors a chance to mingle.

Tuna Salad

Our tuna salad recipe is sure to be your child's new favorite sandwich stuffing.

Chicken and Fruit Salad

With chunk white-meat chicken and sweet fruit, this sandwich filler will be a lunchtime favorite.

Turkey-Meatball Pitas

Lean turkey and an easy-to-handle pita make this healthy sandwich fun to eat.

Ham and Cheese Pitas

Update the classic sandwich by swapping out bread for crisp pita.

Turkey-Melon Wraps

Your kids will love the sweet cantaloupe that transforms a typical turkey sandwich.

Garden Turkey Sandwich with Lemon Mayo

Liven up a traditional turkey sandwich and create a lunch your kids will love.

Falafel Sandwiches

This fun-to-eat sandwich is easily made, packed, and enjoyed.

Healthy Makeover Meatloaf

Use leftovers from this double-duty recipe to create a kid-friendly sandwich.

Baked Honey-Lime Drumsticks

With this recipe, it's easy to make your kids feel extra-special at lunchtime.

Fish and Chips

This lightened-up version will give your kids a favorite meal with less fat.

Mini Corn Dogs

This lunchtime munchie scores extra credit for its healthy update.