I have tons of clean eating lunch ideas and clean eating recipes for kids lunch boxes. Just what you need to get your kids to eat lunch at school. Kids are so much fun to have around during the summer – but it’s getting close to time for school to start. All those wonderful summer vacations, road trips and warm summer night parties are over. 🙁
It’s time to start thinking about what to do about school lunches. I have a lot of suggestions for Clean Eating lunch ideas and recipes. I tried to include ideas that are not too messy for kids to eat and can be eaten quickly. Also that don’t need to be refrigerated plus are Clean Eating that kids can take to school.
I have Clean Eating recipes for simple meals and snacks that can be combined to make a great lunch for a lunch box. Most of them you can make ahead so they are ready to just pop in the lunch box. Some you may want to make for dinner and put the leftovers in your kid’s lunch box the next day.
Sometimes kids are picky eaters and I’ve found that they would rather have some of this and some of that and not too much of anything. I know some kids that don’t like anything mixed together so I purposely included recipes that aren’t mushed together – no casseroles here.
Kids really love finger foods, so I have included a lot of Clean Eating finger foods. Finger foods are great for kids – but you might want to include finger wipes for them to clean their hands before they eat them.
I have a bunch of ideas for food that doesn’t take much preparation, like fruits, vegetables and nuts. The idea is to make your own Lunchables specific to the likes and dislikes of your own child and to fit your budget. The combinations are endless. Basically all you do is take some good healthy Clean Eating snacks and put them together in a lunch box, for a great healthy meal. I think your kids will love the idea. Here is a great example from 100 Day of Real Food:
I also have links to some lunch box supplies at the bottom of the post that have been helpful to me.
If you do find that you need something to keep the lunch box ingredients cool, the freezer pack is great. Have fun this year sending your kids to school with a great lunch box meal that will help them stay healthy clean eaters.
Cheese Cubes – Strawberries – Hard Boiled Eggs – Pepper Slices – Apple Slices – Trail Mix – Cucumber Slices – Carrot Sticks – Mango – Honeydew – Applesauce – Pineapple – Cantalope – Cherry Tomatoes – Grapes – Half a Banana – Orange Slices – Plums – Peaches – Kiwi – Watermelon – Cherries – Cooked Snow Peas – Frozen Peas (no need to cook) – Raw Cauliflower – Raw Broccoli – Raisins – Olives – Peanuts – Cashews – Almonds – Pecans – Walnuts – Toasted Pine Nuts – Pistachios – Sesame Seeds – Pumpkins Seeds
I have another post I wrote with some really good recipes for kids that you might be able to adapt to either use as leftovers for their lunches or make for their lunches. Check out 18 of the Best Ever Clean Eating Recipes for Kids and Kids at Heart
Clean Eating Lunch Ideas and Recipes for Kids Lunch Boxes
1. Raw Peanut Butter Cookies Bites – My Natural Family
Peanuts – Dates
This a Larabar copycat recipe that is so easy to make. All you do is put the peanuts, dates and maybe salt into the blender and turn it on. It only takes a couple minutes. I figured it out that the cost of making your own homemade cookies bites is less than half the cost of buying Larabars. That’s a no-brainer to me. When I made these after I ate the first two and got used to the taste, I liked the homemade larabars better than the store bought ones. I mean face it, you knows how long ago those larabars you buy were made. I know the ones I made are totally fresh.
2. Skittles Recipe – Joyful Abode
Sweet Potato – Lemon Juice – Coconut Butter – Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Oranges or other fruits depending on the flavor.
The idea for making these came from the Happy Creamies they sell at Target. Although these skittles are not quite the same, kids still love them. They are easy to pop into your mouth, carry in your purse or keep in the car. They are as convenient as raisins. They don’t need to be stored in the refrigerator. There are several different recipes here for the different flavors.
3. Pizza Muffins – Clean Eating Recipes
Kids love muffins and kids love pizza so when you combine the two they are going to really be excited to eat these. The fact is if I want to eat any of these when I make them I need to be really quick or they will disappear really fast around my house. I like them warm best so that makes it easy for me to grab some before they are gone.
4. Pigs in a Blanket – Rodale Wellness
Kids love anything with hot dogs in them. Now you can make them pigs in a blanket and they can eat healthy. Yes, clean hot dogs really do exist, see the link above. That’s makes this recipe super super easy.
5. Tuna Cheddar Lunchbox Bites – Simple Bites
Tuna – Sour Cream – Tomato Paste – Onion – Eggs – Cheddar Cheese
These are similar to a mini quiche. They are filled with tuna, cheese and sweet onion. They are great hot with potatoes or on top of a green salad. They can be tucked into lettuce wraps and tartar sauce is good with them too. They can be reheated beautifully so you can make a double batch if you want to. They work really well frozen too.
6. Whole Wheat Pizza Dough – Gimme Some Oven
This is easy to make, contains no refined flour and sweetened naturally with honey. Great if you’re trying to cut out refined flour in your diet. I think pizza is really good cold.
This is a easy version of whole grain homemade pop tarts. These are super easy to make and everyone loves them, not just the kids. These are kind of a marriage between pop tarts and toaster strudel.
8. Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps – The Clean Green Bean
This is the clean eating homemade tortilla recipe you’ve all been looking for. It can be used so many different ways. You can use it for wraps, tacos, enchiladas or quesadillas. They are so easy to make.
Use Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Pasta like Brown Rice Pasta
Spaghettio’s are a comfort food for some people. This is a homemade version that is more nutritious but just as flavorable as the kind you buy in the store.
Helpful Lunch Box Supplies
This are my favorite lunch box containers. They fit good together with each other and they fit good inside of lunch boxes. They are sturdy and rather inexpensive. You can see through them to know what is inside without taking the lid off.
I like this lunch box for boys. It has two compartments. The one on the bottom has a hard case so that sandwiches won’t get smashed. It also has a thermos to keep foods either warm or cold.
I like this lunch box for girls. It comes with a water bottle and they can either use the shoulder strap or the handle. It’s from “Frozen” what little girls doesn’t love Elsa and Anna?
These lunch box containers work well too, they are just less expensive the the Rubbermaid ones and probably won’t last as long. If your child is always loosing their containers then these might be a better option. It just depends on your situation.
These storage containers are good for small items. So if you give your child several different small items for lunch, these would be a good option.
These baking cups are made out of silicone. If you make your kids a lot of muffins they would be good. They are soft and pliable. The muffins come out of them very easily. They are a little pricey but they can be re-used many many times. But then again if your children aren’t responsible enough to take of them and not loose them, they might not be a good optionl
GladWare Mini Round Food Storage Containers – Amazon or Local Grocery Store
These containers are meant to be disposable and only be used once and thrown away. But they can totally be washed and used many times. They are a very inexpensive option.
There packs are awesome. They have blue ice inside that can be put in the freezer and frozen. Then when the kids leave for school you can put them inside of their lunch box. They will keep food cool for several hours. Therefore I you can put meat in their lunch and it won’t spoil before they eat lunch. It’s like a little mini refrigerator. They can be used over and over again. Aren’t they so cute? The kids will love them.