Lunchbox Ideas Your Kids Will Love

LunchBox Ideas

It's tough figuring out what to pack for your kids' lunches. You want them to eat healthy, but in four hours they'll be in a cafeteria surrounded by other children with sugary cookies and sodas. A soggy sandwich and bruised apple just really doesn't look enticing. For lunchboxes, it's all about presentation- and we've got some ideas that your kiddos will gobble up.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi Rolls

Make a regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then slice it into strips. Roll it into a little ball so it looks like a sushi roll. The best ideas for these is to refrigerate them overnight and pack them with a cold pack so they don't get soggy. Kids love eating interesting foods, and this really puts a twist on the regular sandwich that keeps it fresh and exciting.

Ants on a Log

This is a traditional lunchbox recipe that's stayed fresh through the ages. Cut celery sticks up, dab peanut butter down the center, and arrange raisins "walking" down the log like little ants. It's a healthy, protein-packed snack that's arranged so well that kids don't even notice they're eating vegetables.

Zucchini or Pumpkin Bread

It's tough to sneak vegetables into lunchboxes. Kids are notoriously picky eaters when it comes to veggies. But no child has ever refused a slice of zucchini or pumpkin bread. While it doesn't provide a full serving of vegetables, a few slices of a whole-wheat vegetable bread- sprinkled with a little sugar and sea salt on top- will give your kid a relatively healthy dessert.

No-Bake Granola Bars

There are dozens of recipes for easy, homemade granola bars that don't involve ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or preservatives. You and your kids can make these on weekends and refrigerate them until it's time for lunch. Typically, they're made from peanut butter, oats, crisp rice cereal, coconut oil, and honey- all natural ingredients that are more nutritious than the packaged variety. For the little ones with a sweet tooth, you can always drizzle a little melted chocolate on top before you let it cool.

Fruit Salad

Chopped fruit slices are a staple of the playground, but they can become brown and unappealing by lunchtime. A nice fruit salad of grapes, apples, and pear slices will stay colorful until lunch if you add just a touch of lemon juice. Lunchboxes are all about presentation, so focus on shapes. Balls of canteloupe and melon can be achieved with an ice cream scoop and distract kids from the fact that they're eating fruit and not sugary fruit snacks.

Magic Cheese Wands

Spear little pretzel sticks into cubes of cheddar (or other) cheese, then send with a little cup of honey mustard sauce. Kids love active eating, so they'll enjoy dipping pretzels (or any rod-shaped ingredient; carrots can work too) into the mustard sauce. If you don't have honey mustard sauce on hand, the recipe works just fine without it- your kid will still enjoy the magic wand.

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