4 Healthy Lunches for Little Ones Folks are starting to pay more and more attention to the foods placed in front of today’s youth. Huge outcries to change lunchroom foods have resulted in the new standards for federally subsidized school lunches.

Home is the perfect place to start. Send your child to school with a packed lunch when you can and try these simple lunch ideas to give your kids the healthy boost they need to finish off their day!

Bento Boxes

These Japanese-inspired lunches have been gaining popularity and with great reason! Basically, a Bento Box is a meal made up of lots of different items in small portions. They’re easy to put together and great for your kids because they receive a range of different nutrients. Here are some Bento Box food ideas:

  • Carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Cucumber slices
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Slices of cheese
  • Nitrate-free lunch meat
  • Celery with almond butter
  • Hummus

There are a ton of different ideas out there—and if you have an especially picky child or are feeling adventurous, try making the lunch a bit more “fun” by cutting their fruits, veggies or sandwich into a fun shape. Cookie cutters can come in handy!

Search online or in discount home stores for great “Bento Box” containers for your kids. They’ll love them and the boxes make lunch prep super easy for you.

Simple Substitutes

Many people are going grain or gluten-free—and are trying to find creative ways to pull their kids away from them, too. In recent years, research has revealed that humans may not be meant to process grains or gluten—and eating these can result in health issues. Check out our suggestions for eliminating the classic sandwich and swapping it out for something your child will still love:

4 Healthy Lunches for Little Ones

Apple Sandwiches

Get creative with apples! Instead of the classic PB&J, use slices of apple for the “bread.” Mix it up by making the “sandwich” with organic, local honey and almond butter or vary the jelly or jam you use.

Roll-Ups

Skip the bread altogether and simply roll nitrate-free lunch meat with some hummus, avocado or organic cheese inside. You can also wrap the “sandwich” in lettuce or look for some pretty tasty gluten-free tortillas at many health food stores. Cut these roll-ups into cute pinwheels. And here’s a useful tip: For easy slicing, refrigerate the rollup for a couple hours beforehand.

Kiddie Kebobs

These are just plain fun. Slide different items, such as lunch meat, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese cubes or chopped chicken breast onto kebob sticks. Make sure to cut off the sharp end after making it.