24 Kids Lunch Ideas with Organic Foods
I don’t know about you, but making kids’ lunches everyday can get VERY repetitive and boring. I know in my house, I tend to always steer to the same things, which is usually a gluten free sandwich, carrots and celery, apples, soaked almonds, roasted plantains, and a very small treat. I did this for 2 months straight. My kids were positively bored of eating the same thing… I noticed that more food was coming back home in the lunch boxes rather than being eaten at school. That’s when I knew I needed to start getting more creative in coming up with my kids lunch ideas. So of course that led me to one place… yep, PINTEREST!! I wasn’t disappointed either. I got so many ideas that now I am stocked with ideas for making my kids’ lunches more fun, and I am going to share them with you!
Now my kids have a fun lunchbox called a PlanetBox. It’s kind of bento style and made of stainless steel and comes with stainless steel containers and a nice carrying case that you can put an ice pack in and a thermos. I just love it, and my kids are in their second school year using it. As a mom I think it’s very important for us to gravitate towards more economical ways of packing your kids’ lunches. Before investing in the Planet box, my husband and I would buy new lunch boxes every year, and go through a TON of sandwich bags, snack bags etc. Those things do add up, not only in our budget but in our landfills too.
Back to the lunches, I’ll break these kids lunch ideas it into sections: main, sides, and treats to make it easy. Just remember one of the best ways to get the MOST out of your children’s food is to do your best to make it organic. This will help you feel good that their food will have fewer pesticides, no GMO’s and adequate nutrients!
Kids Lunch Ideas: Organic Main Dishes
- Yogurt – A container of organic, high fat, low sugar yogurt, you can even add raw honey or stevia to sweeten naturally. For sides you can pack granola, and or bars to sprinkle or dip along with pretzels, strawberries and grapes or any fruit.
- Bacon and Eggs – This is one of my kids’ favorite. Bacon slices, hard boiled eggs, sliced avocado.
- Pancakes/Waffle sandwiches – When I make my daughter gluten free pancakes in the morning I double the batch and use them for lunch too. I make the kids sandwiches out of pancakes instead of bread. They love it and you can do so much. Blueberry pancakes make a yummy PB&J sandwich! You can also make a yummy savory sandwich, adding bacon/sausage and eggs!
- “Sushi” – This is a fun one. Take your nitrate free sliced meats, and roll up whatever you want in them (cheese, sliced veggies, cream cheese, sprouts etc) and slice them in 1 inch sections and they look like “sushi”. Another fun one is to use organic soft shell tortillas and roll up nut butters and jelly.
- Salad – My daughter requests salads once in awhile. I like to add chunked up meat or tuna for some protein and the veggies I know she will eat. I always give her a little container of organic ranch dressing so she can add it herself.
- Leftovers – This is a wonderful idea, and I do this often. My kids’ favorite leftovers to take in their lunch are: meatloaf, meatballs, tacos, homemade pizzas. The sky’s the limit!
- Soup – If your kids have one of those soup thermoses then soup is a very nourishing lunch, especially if it’s homemade. You can also find good organic soups online if you don’t have time to make soup.
- Sandwiches – They come in all shapes sizes. Make them fun! Cut them in different shapes, this is especially fun for the younger ones. There are many yummy gluten free bread options too. Try using different breads: bagels, sliced, rolls, and even lettuce!
- Jerky – For a main dish may sound silly, but it’s another favorite of my kids. We make our Jerky homemade but there are also some good organic jerky options available online as well.
Kids Lunch Ideas: Organic Sides:
- Fresh Fruit – apples, oranges, kiwi, pineapple slices, melons, berries, etc.
- Fresh Vegetables – cucumber, carrots, peppers, celery, snap peas, etc.
- Crackers – rice, wheat, multi grain, etc.
- Granola bars or you can make at home using this organic granola recipe.
- Dried fruits
- Chips – potato and corn.
Kids Lunch Ideas: Organic Treats & Beverages:
- Sweet treats – I only add one very small sweet treat to my kids’ lunches. I like to make these gluten free cookies, but make them half the size for my kids’ lunches. I would much rather have them get full on the “good stuff” rather than the sweets. Here are some fun store bought options:
- Hugga Bear cookies
- Annie’s cookies
- Dark chocolate bars (a square or two will do)
- Newman’s Own Cookies
- Laughing Giraffe treats
- Beverages – My kids have a thermos and they always get spring water, and they do not complain about it. They know the importance of drinking water. I’m a NO JUICE momma, so I strongly suggest you buy your kids a thermos and give them good ol’ water too. Sugar even in organic juices is hard on their little systems and they can actually be dehydrating for them. Water is best!
I could go on and on, but I think I will stop here. I hope this helps give you some new ideas about your kids’ lunches and how to make them a bit healthier and fun. Remember, mix and match, get creative, adjust what you need to fit your personal lifestyle and the sky’s the limit! What is your kids’ favorite homemade lunch? What are some kids lunch ideas you’ve come up with?