School’s back and for sure, you would want your little ones to have the healthiest of healthy packed lunches. The challenge actually, is not on the cooking but preparing something that will make your kids want to eat it! Take the stress out of your mornings with these healthy, fun-packed lunch box ideas that are not only easy to cook but are also tasty, looks attractive, and that your kids would love to eat!
Sushi Style Sandwiches
When a sandwich is turned into a sushi, it gets more fun to eat. This quick, healthy and creative lunch for your kid is sure to be a pleaser.
Avocado and Tuna Sushi Sandwich
- 4 slices high-top bread
- 2 tbsp whole-egg mayonnaise
- 95 g tin tuna in spring water, drained
- ½ avocado, sliced
- ½ medium carrot, grated
- Lay bread on a cutting board and cut off the crusts. Flatten using a rolling pin.
- Spread mayonnaise over one side of each bread slice.
- Lay the avocado slices, tuna and grated carrot in a line over the bread, leaving a gap from the edge.
- Roll the bread slices up ‘sushi style’. Seal shut with extra mayo if required. Cut each roll into two to three rounds. Serve with fresh fruit, veggies and snack of your choice.
If your child loves pasta, then pasta salads are perfect for your child’s lunch boxes. Pasta salads can be prepared with fresh, vibrant veggies that ensures you’re still serving a healthy balanced meal.
Confetti Macaroni Salad
- 1/2 pound whole wheat or gluten free macaroni
- 1/4 cup broccoli florets
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup frozen, defrosted peas
- 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or melted butter
- Salt to taste
- Cook the pasta according to package directions. Add the broccoli to the boiling water (along with the cooking pasta) during the last minute of cooking.
- Drain the pasta and broccoli. Then toss together with the carrots, peas, and bell pepper. Drizzle with olive oil or melted butter, sprinkle with cheese and then serve warm.
Food on Sticks
Kids are way more excited to eat things if they are on a stick. You can make almost anything into lunch sticks to bring some creativity into your kids’ old lunches.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
- Green grapes
- Black grapes
- Small strawberries
- Pineapple, sliced
- To make the skewers, thread the fruit onto the sticks, starting with the pineapples, then the grapes, strawberry melon, and finish with a whole strawberry.
- Store in an airtight tub in the fridge until needed.
Tip: Fruit skewers best enjoyed within 24 hours. If using fruits such as banana, pear or apple, sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Yogurt makes the perfect fruit dip.
Rice balls in creative shapes, complete with eyes and smiles cut out from dried seaweed will definitely bring a smile to your child’s face.
Fun sushi balls
- 1 cup of sushi rice
- 95g canned tuna or salmon
- 1 sheet dried seaweed
- Cook sushi rice according to instructions.
- Combine drained tuna with mayonnaise. Remove skin from avocado and cut into a 1.5cm dice.
- With moist hands, take a handful of rice and lay some tuna and a piece of avocado in the center.
- Add more rice on top of your fillings and gently bring it into a ball shape. Press firmly to enclose.
- Cut fun shapes from the dried seaweed using the scissors. Press onto the balls to decorate.
You can vary the fillings according to your child’s taste, add toppings or vary the size and shape.
You can never go wrong with this fun kid pleasing cracker sandwich!
- Mayonnaise or any desired dressing
- Sliced ham
- Sliced cheese
- 1-1/2 slices of tomato
Just place the ingredients between crackers. You can also try these combinations:
- Salami + Mozzarella + Grape Tomato Halves
- Turkey + Swiss Cheese + Cranberry Sauce
- Ham + Cheddar + Apple or Pear Slice
- Nut Butter + Banana Slices