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Easy Kid Lunch Box Ideas

Easy kid lunch box ideas and recipes including nutritious lunch ideas and sample kid lunch box menu.

Kid Lunch Box Ideas 

Packing a healthy lunch your kids will enjoy day in and day out is definitely not the easiest task in the world. It's hard to keep coming up with fresh ideas for packed lunches for 20 or so days of the month.

Here are a few easy ideas you can try.

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Change the bread - For a change from the usual sandwich, try using tortillas for wraps, bagels, English muffins, pita pockets or rolls.

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Make your own snack mix - Use a selection of savoury crackers, cereal, dried fruit, pretzels… anything really. As an occasional treat add a few M & Ms or yogurt or chocolate covered raisins. Let the kids have a go at experimenting with different mixes, shaking them up and packing them into individual zip lock bags or brown paper bags.

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Try different fillings for sandwiches -  Give the kids a change from the usual sandwich fillings like cheese or peanut butter. Instead try, chopped chicken mixed with corn, Ham and avocado, grated carrot and cheddar cheese, or jam and cream cheese.

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Kids love pizza - Why not give them healthy pizzas for lunch. Take one pita bread and toast it. Spread it with tomato sauce sprinkled with oregano or other herbs and sprinkle grated cheddar cheese on top. Pop it in the microwave or under a hot grill until cheese melts. Let it cool and place in Tupperware container or wax paper.

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Try a pizza Quesadilla - Place on tortilla on a hot grill or frying pan and spread with tomato sauce or pizza sauce. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and other fillings of choice (ham, peppers, tomatoes, etc.). Place another tortilla on top and heat until cheese melts. Cut into pizza triangles and wrap in wax paper or place in Tupperware container.

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Don't forget the veggies - Try a selection of cut up veggies such as carrot sticks, baby corn, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes. Include a small container of their favorite dip.

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Create a mini fruit salad - Cut up different pieces of fruit and place them in a Tupperware container. Add vanilla yogurt on the side for a yummy dip.

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Fruit and cheese cubes - Cheese cubes and grapes or pineapple. Simple cheese cut into cubes with grapes or pineapple chunks in a Tupperware container is a nice combination.

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Mini muffins - a delicious, nutritious treat. Vary flavours of muffins to avoid boredom.

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Iced juice box - Keep lunch cool by placing individual juice boxes in freezer the night before. Add to lunch box in the morning and by lunch time they'll have a nice slushy like drink. Plus it helps keep lunch cool.

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Cut sandwiches into fun shapes - This works really well especially for younger children. Remove crusts from bread and cut out different shaped sandwiches using cookie cutters.

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Send a little reminder - Place a little special touch in their lunchboxes… it could be a note saying you love them or a smiley face, a funny cartoon from the morning paper… anything that your child will enjoy and put a smile on their face.

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Avoid sandwich boredom - When kids get bored of sandwiches, pack up a few crackers with cheese and ham slices on the side. Sort of like a homemade lunch able (but much healthier). You can even cut the ham and cheese slices into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Send everything wrapped up separate and your kids can have fun arranging them as they like.

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Try pinwheels instead of sandwiches - Remove crusts from bread and flatten bread. Spread with cream cheese and ham (or favorite filling) roll up tight, wrap in cling film and place in fridge overnight. In the morning slice into rounds and place in Tupperware container.

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