12 Tips for fun and healthy kids lunches

The District at Tustin Legacy

Getting the kids to eat their lunch can sometimes be difficult. Here are 12 tips to help make lunch less of a chore and more kid friendly and fun, and with the summer flying by you will get a head start at school lunch ideas.

1. Make a big batch of PB&J sandwiches in advance and freeze them.    

A great idea to save some time these will keep just fine for about 4-6 weeks. Just take one out of the freezer in the morning, pack it, and it will be thawed and ready to go by lunch time.

2. Freeze drinks the night before and they’ll double as ice packs.         

The rest of the lunch will stay nice and cool, and the drink should thaw by lunch time.

3. Make a snack station for your kids to choose from.              

You can keep dry goods on the counter and perishables in the fridge. This saves time, helps eliminates the same-thing-every-day problem, and gives your kids some options to choose from.

4. Hard-boil a bunch of eggs at the beginning of the week.             

They’re an easy, prep-free way to add protein to your kid’s lunch, and will keep fine in the fridge. Pack with a little container of salt and pepper for dipping.

5. Make lunches at night, not in the morning.                

It’s gotta get done one way or the other, but you’re a lot less likely to be frazzled (and thus pack a better, healthier lunch) when you’re not rushing to get out the door. You can also kill two birds by packing up leftovers from dinner.

6. Mix homemade food with pre-packaged snacks.             

Pack your sandwich or a wrap with a hummus snack pack or a fresh fruit pack.

7. Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into fun shapes and get rid of crusts at the same time.            

This a great way to make lunch a little more fun and takes literally five seconds. Plus it will drastically increase the odds of your kid actually eating the sandwich you pack. Because food in fun shapes is considered 1000x more delicious by children.

8. A lunch box with divided compartments cuts down on packaging and helps you remember all the components.          

9. Make your own healthier Lunchables.                

Are your kids upset that you won’t buy them Lunchables? Cure this by packing up cute divided tupperware with real versions of all the same foods (plus some actual fruit or veggies, for good measure).

10. Give food cute faces with stickers.                

A great trick for people who don’t have hours to spend on an elaborate lunch. Just wrap tightly in plastic wrap and stick ‘em on.

11. If your kids aren’t into sandwiches, try skewers. (Not sharp ones)              

Who doesn’t love food on a stick?

12. You can use tortillas for almost anything                

from wraps to quesadillas, pinwheels, and DIY mini pizzas.