Quick Easy Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for the first day of school
AND all the days after that too when you need fresh inspiration!
One other thing that hasn’t changed is the morning rush. In fact, with so many mums now working (paid or otherwise) in some form or another, the morning rush seems to have sped up and the task of packing a quick, easy, and healthy lunch box might as well be up there with scaling Everest. Almost impossible. Not totally impossible but some days, just out of reach. Any help I can get is wonderful so each year, I gather ideas and put them all in one word document and print it off. This year, I’ve taped this sheet of paper up to my outside of my pantry (along with fingerfood ideas for Jack, meal ideas for Jack, and Paleo-inspired snack ideas for me – happy to share these here too later this week!)
I thought you might like to make a list of quick easy healthy lunch box ideas too so I’ve started you off by giving you mine. I’ve just added a heap of new ideas too.
(Scroll down to the bottom of the list to get the link for the easy-to-read printable version.)
LUNCHBOX LOVE: A PARENTING FUN EVERYDAY LIST OF GOODIES FOR CHILDREN.
- Fruit salad on a stick. Fill a skewer with apple slices, hulled strawberries, pineapple chunks, nashi fruit, orange quarters and green grapes. Or if not on a stick, in a small container with separate compartments to help keep fruit fresh and juicy.
- Plain greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey and blueberries rolled in.
- Dehydrated fruit roll-ups (Visit the Fruit Leather vendor at Tamborine Markets in the Gold Coast Hinterland for some really yummy concoctions or borrow a dehydrator one weekend and make your own)
- Fruit (banana or carrot) or savory muffins. Low in sugar but oh so good. I LOVE muffins. I make up a batch of 24 and freeze them individually. Just throw one in the lunchbox frozen and they’ll be perfectly soft by morning tea.
- Date slice is my mum’s staple recipe for gatherings.
- Your own premixed dried fruit and nut parcels. Simply grab an airtight container and throw in 2 cups of sultanas, 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, 1 cup of dates, 1 cup of cashews, 1 cup of sliced almonds, 1 cup of apricots, 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/2 cup dried mango (chopped finely) and 1/2 cup shredded coconut. (Replace nuts with pepitas and chopped dried apple if you have a peanut-free school) Store in fridge. Each morning, fill a tupperware baby cup or a ziplock bag with a scoop of this good energy boost.
- Date coconuts or carob coconut balls found in most good health food shops. (Wrays at Palm Beach stocks both)
- Dehydrated banana sticks. Real banana dried. It looks like shrivelled up fingers but tastes great.
- Scones and jam
- Pikelets (mini pancakes), either store bought or homemade slathered with butter or sunflower seed butter (free-nut butter)
- Sushi- fun to make with the kids the night before. For fillings, try tuna and kewpie mayonnaise, zucchini and carrot, egg omelette or home-made fish fingers and lettuce. Yum.
- Cherry tomatoes, slices of zucchini, fresh corn on the cob (so sweet) and slices of cheese or ham
- Loose walnuts or macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds or figs.
- Roasted broadbeans or chickpeas, found in ready-made packs in the health food aisle of Woolworths and possibly Coles
- Try a salad in a jar. Add beetroot, baby corn, lettuce, tomato slices, asparagus, carrot chunks, snow peas and butter beans with a salad dressing foundation. Children just need to shake it up and eat it. Remember to pop a fork in their box.
- Big slices of watermelon, rockmelon (cantaloupe) or honeydew
- Slices of capsicum in all colours are great for dipping into cream cheese or tzatziki
- Cheese straws, either home baked or store bought
- home made pasta salad or rice salad can be made for dinner on a Sunday night and dished out for a Monday lunch treat
- Celery sticks filled with cream cheese or peanut butter, with sultanas along the top
- Freshly popped popcorn. Throw it in a brown paper bag and shake it with a little vegetable salt
- Rice crackers or rice cakes with toppings. Separate the toppings from the crackers in the lunch tin so they don’t get soggy.
- Mountain bread wraps with hommus and salad
- Cut up carrot and celery sticks with mashed avocado dip. Chop up a few carrots and celery and store them in breathable containers in the fridge. Grab and go.
- Salami sticks, chunks of cheese, water crackers and boiled eggs are staples too.
- Raw Chocolate Bliss Balls