Quick lunch ideas for kids

Quick lunch ideas for kids

One of the things I love about September is the opportunity it presents for a reset of my routine, and a chance to re-evaluate what is working and what isn’t. Gone are the lazy days of summer where grabbing a snack on the fly didn’t seem to matter as much. But now, with school starting, it is a good time to start over.

Grab a new lunch box for yourself and your kids, and get ready to prepare some healthy, nutrient-packed quick lunch ideas for kids.  

In case you’re thinking that you don’t have time, and that you are working and running and doing, I say that’s the most important time to make healthy choices — exactly for that reason. You (and your kids) need to be in tip-top shape both physically and emotionally, to take on the world, and to be able to do it without the mid-afternoon slump.

So dig in and take a look at some healthy, delicious, (and inexpensive) lunch ideas.

Preschool and Elementary School 

  1. Delicious Hummus: 1/2 cup hummus + 10-15 whole grain crackers + 1/2 cup baby carrots + 1 fruit and veggie squeeze pouch + Honest Kids juicebox
  2. Chocolate Hazelnut Samich: 2 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut butter on whole grain bread with banana slices + 1/2 cup carrot sticks + 4 oz vanilla oat milk.
  3. Better Than BLT: Avocado, lettuce, cucumber and sliced tomato with pinch of salt on whole grain roll + 1/2 cup grapes or berries + 1 package of Biena Chickpea Snacks + small water.

Middle and High School

  1. Adzuki Bean Burger on whole grain bun with lettuce and mustard + 1 cup carrots + 1 cup sliced peaches or apples + 1 bag Simply 7 Gluten-Free Roasted Red Pepper Chips + 8 oz. seltzer water with lemon. 
  2. Tuna Pockets: 2 small whole wheat pitas filled with Chickpea Tuna Salad + 1/2 cup cucumbers + 1 apple + 8 oz. sparkling water.
  3. Cool Beans: 1 small whole wheat tortilla heated with black beans + Tasty Bite Brown Rice & Lentils + 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers + 6 organic strawberries + unsweetened iced tea.


  1. Super Salad: Super Food Salad-in-a-Jar + 10 black sesame crisps + 1 apple + hot green tea.
  2. Thick Soup: Thick as Fog Pea Soup + 1/2 cup sliced carrots + 1 bunch grapes + 8 oz. seltzer water.
  3. Israeli Couscous:  Organic Middle Eastern couscous mixed with chick peas, red and green peppers, red onions, cucumbers and a dash of vinaigrette dressing + 2 pieces dark chocolate + sparkling lime water.

These are easy, quick and simple recipes, and of course you can mix and match! Use this as a guide for quick healthy lunch ideas, and let me know how it works in the comments below!  



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7 thoughts on “Quick lunch ideas for kids”

  • Wonderful.

    Your website is awesome.

    Whole Foods Plant Based is a relatively new way of eating for me. It makes a difference.

    Your article/recipes comes just in time for me to make great lunches for the grand kids which visit for stretches of time.

    Hoping to sneak some terrific lunches into the stays I so look forward too.

    Do you have any other suggestions in this covert operation :).

  • Absolutely love your website! My husband and I plant large seasonal gardens just because you never really know what type of chemicals are used on store bought vegetables and I want to make sure that our children are getting the best. I have a almost 2 year old and an almost 3 year old, so I love the Preschool lunch idea. Do you happen to have any other healthy choice ideas for little ones?

    • HI Dawn! So glad you found my article to be helpful.  Good for you that you plant seasonal gardens. I think that’s amazing…!  As far as healthy choice ideas for little ones, I am thinking that while there are lots of “recipes” out there, I think it is easiest to keep things simple. What does that mean? Whatever you are cooking for dinner can be a lunch the next day for the little kiddies.  OR things like thick lentil soup with crackers, healthy PB&J on sprouted grain bread, or apple butter and bananas on sprouted rolls cut into pieces, is a great snack.  Or small pretzel sticks that can be dipped into hummos, is a great snack as well. Let me know if you need anymore info!

  • These all seem like really great, really healthy lunch ideas. The super food salad seems especially good and seems to have a nice amount of protein in it. Is is bad that the elementary school lunches really appeal to me even though I am an adult? I love hummus and avocado blts.

    Does the super food salad hold up well if you make it the night before?

    • Thanks for writing!  I think maybe the school lunches appeal to you because they are usually full of fat and white flour, and not too healthy. So maybe they spark your desire for “junk” food…!  Yes, if you make the salad the night before it should hold up just fine. Just be sure to put the dressing at the bottom, and the lettuce at the top. Let me know how it goes!

  • WOW! I just finished an article on healthy snacks and it looks like I may have missed a few after reading this. My girlfriend’s kid just started kindergarten and she has been packing his lunches. Do you think most kids enjoy hummus? Are there different kinds of hummus that he may like?
    Really like the idea of the better than BLT. Quick, easy, healthy, lunch for kid to bring to school.

    • Hi Jake — yes I think most kids love hummos, especially the flavored ones…! So glad my article was helpful and thanks for writing!

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