If you need to make healthy school lunches for teenage athletes or active kids, you’ve come to the right place; because as a mom to 3 kids, I know what it’s like when an active kid can eat you out of the house.
While school sports are a great way for kids to get involved, socialize, and learn new skills, they also work up an appetite. And we all know that this means that the first words out of their mouth when they get home are… “I’m starving!” Right?
These easy school lunch ideas will keep them energized and ready to score the winning point every day since they have a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
Ham, cheese, apple wraps…oh my! Who knew that these three classic ingredients would make such a delicious combination and are perfect for packing in the lunchbox or as a healthy snack!
We love simple recipe ideas like this one for school lunches. They help add variety to any lunchbox, just like in our school lunch plans.
As you can see from the video, making this delicious snack box or school lunch is easy!
To make this lunch more substantial, add a boiled egg for additional protein, whole-grain crackers, additional veggies and dip… and you are set!
I know you are going to love the tart and juicy sweetness of the apples with the savory cheese and ham combination.
So what do you think? Are you a fan of the ham, cheese, and apple combination? I know we are!
To keep the apples from browning, brush the slices with lemon juice after coring and slicing.
A fun twist on a classic sandwich! Your kids will love these Grilled Cheese Dippers for lunch, especially paired with warm tomato soup.
What is your kid’s favorite sandwich? We have a few different flavor combinations in our lunch rotation, including almond butter and banana and hummus veggie club. But by far the most requested sandwich in our house is…grilled cheese! Are you even surprised??
You need just 3 simple ingredients for this recipe! We’re putting a simple twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich by cutting it into fun dippers. Perfect for dipping into a thermos full of tomato soup!
I love this recipe because you can use whatever bread your family prefers, from whole grain to grain free. The recipe calls for cheddar cheese, but feel free to use your favorite.
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We hope your kids love these delicious grilled cheese dippers!
This recipe is from Laura’s cookbook, The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet.
MOM Tip: Let the grilled sandwich cool down before slicing and packing it in the lunchbox. If you cut it too soon and pack it while it’s still hot, the bread will be soggy by lunchtime.
Looking for a midweek meal that takes very little effort to make?
Then you’ll love our Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna. This kid-approved recipe, has the meaty, tomato sauce and cheesy goodness of traditional lasagna, but takes a lot less time to make. A win for everyone when it comes to putting dinner on the table or packing lunch!
Want to check out how easy this lasagna is to make? Watch the quick video below.
All you need is a large skillet and you’re set. You don’t even have to boil the pasta separately, it’s all done right in the skillet! Use your pasta of choice, gluten-free, whole wheat, anything goes! And you can create a vegetarian option by omitting the Italian sausage for a Meatless Monday meal.
If you need more recipes like this one to help you add variety to your meals, check out our Classic and Grain Free Meal Plans.
*I personally use coconut oil but you can use your favorite cooking oil. Use bowtie pasta or whatever shapes you have in your pantry. This recipe doesn’t work well with spaghetti or angel hair pasta. You can use
Isn’t it true that bacon makes everything better? These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are a great high protein, portable, grain-free lunch idea!
The hard part, is getting kids to eat their leafy greens without turning up their noses. These Spinach and Bacon Mini Quiches are sure to get them just as excited about eating their greens as they are about eating bacon. And once you try these, you can see more yummy Egg Cup recipes here!
If you are following a grain-free diet, you know how difficult coming up with new ideas can be. And, it’s not always easy to add veggies in a variety of ways our kids will actually eat. For this reason, having a consistent influx of recipes that are kid approved can be very helpful.
So, now you might be wondering, where do I begin? All it takes is a change in approach. It can be as simple as changing the way we talk about veggies and leafy greens, or even how we use them in a recipe. For these mini quiches, the spinach magically becomes confetti, adding a fun splash of color to each bite. It doesn’t take much, but every little bit counts.
Check out how easy these mini quiches are to make! This is one recipe kids can also help make!
Green Lunchbox shown above is a Yumbox.