The littles are back in school and you're stuck with the daunting task of packing them lunch. Of course, not just any foods will do—their lunches have to be healthy and hearty, all while being comprised of what the kids will actually eat. So, to make your job a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up healthy school lunch ideas not only the kids will love, but you will, too. So much, in fact, you'll be wanting to pack yourself the same lunch for yourself.
Apples are a lunchtime staple but try something different with baked apple chips. They’re super healthy but can easily fool the kids into thinking they’re traditional potato chips! All you need are apples, fresh lemon juice, a pinch of cinnamon, and five minutes to whip them up.
Bacon and Pea Pasta
Pasta is a filling option for lunch, and this recipe packs a healthy punch with peas and arugula, and kicks up the taste factor with bacon. Of course, you can always omit the bacon and swap in a variety of other vegetables to up the health quotient.
Get your hands on some vegan bacon and make a healthier version of a traditional BLT sandwich. Don't forget to include a pickle on the side!
Gluten-Free Coconut Black Bean Brownies
If you want to add a sweet treat to your little one’s lunch bag, you can give them something that tastes amazing but is made with wholesome ingredients. These gluten-free brownies feature black beans and coconut, and the result is pure gooey, chocolatey goodness.
Curried Turkey Waldorf Wraps
If your kids are bored to tears at the thought of yet another sandwich in their lunch box, try an alternative, like a wrap. Made with multigrain tortillas and packed with good ingredients like turkey, apples, grapes and walnuts, this simple go-to lunch gets straight As for taste and all around satisfaction.
What kid doesn’t love pizza for lunch? This version boasts a twist—it features whole spears of asparagus, goat cheese and your choice of Gouda, Parmesan or extra old white Cheddar.
Dill Cheddar Crackers
Crackers are an easy snack to throw in your kid's lunchbox. These dill cheddar crackers are made with whole wheat flour and come out of the oven perfectly crispy and bursting with flavour.
Vegan Southwest Quinoa Bowls
If your kids love the flavours of Mexican food, they’ll love this school-lunch friendly approach. This recipe for vegan Southwest quinoa bowls is jam-packed with ingredients that are not only yummy but are heart-healthy as well.
Carrot and Orange Cupcakes
Cupcakes might not be a regular on the daily lunch menu, but every now and then, a sweet treat is a very welcomed surprise. These cupcakes are made with carrots, raisins and orange zest so that makes them healthier than traditional versions.