We’ve gathered 50 healthy lunch ideas for kids at home to enjoy this summer or to pack in lunchboxes. Keep these recipes in mind if you have kids roaming the kitchen or heading off to camp this summer. All are simple, delicious and kid friendly!
From air fried chicken nuggets to homemade uncrustables, there is a recipe for kids both big and small. We even threw in a few of our favorite camping lunch meals for families heading on a camping adventure this summer.
It might seem overwhelming to make a homemade lunch each day for your kids. We recommend keeping this list of easy lunch ideas handy and starting out by trying one new recipe per week. It is a fun way to change up the lunch routine and have fun as a family this summer.
If you have a sprouting chef at home, hand over the responsibility of making lunch. It gives us parents a break while building confidence in our kids! Depending on the age of your chef, minimal assistance may be required.
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids at Home
We've gathered 50 healthy lunch ideas for kids at home this summer or to pack in lunchboxes. All are simple, delicious, and kid-approved!
These Salmon Patties are quick, easy, and packed with SO much flavor. The combination of the panko breadcrumbs, Mexicorn, canned salmon, and spices makes this the best salmon patty recipe. Plus, the recipe comes together in just 20 minutes from start to finish.
Do you love Beef and Beans? Then this bean, beef, and cheese burrito is for you. Add this recipe to your list of easy lunch meals for any size group because it’s simple, delicious, and super customizable to everyone’s liking.
Rainbow Hummus Veggie Wrap
This quick, easy and healthy Vegan Rainbow Vegetable Tortilla Wrap is packed full of color veggies that kiddoes, big and small, will love. This vegan wrap is perfect for a lunch time meal.
Sweet potato egg cups are an easy, fun idea perfect for kids. These eggs are packed with sweet potatoes, spinach, and cheese - the perfect combo!
Add this Healthy Shredded Chicken Quesadilla to your list of easy lunches. A chicken quesadilla made with canned chicken, canned refried beans, and lots of cheese, this is an easy meal for kids that comes together quickly!
Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps
A good lunch is filling, flavorful, and easy to make. And this Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap checks all of the boxes. Enjoy a healthy and refreshing lunch that’s economical and simple to make using leftover chicken.
Ham and cheese breakfast bowl foil packs are a super fun lunch idea perfect any day of the week. Surprise your kids with breakfast for lunch– with no dishes to clean up!
Grab a yummy egg McMuffin recipe along with some camping menu ideas. The Camping Menu consists of simple, family-friendly recipes that are very easy to make while traveling. All recipes have been tested out while traveling and are kid-approved!
Potato & Salmon Fish Cakes
Potato and salmon fish cakes are not only a quick and easy dinner idea that everyone will love, they’re also inexpensive and very nutritious!
Sausage Wonton Cups
Pork Egg Roll Cups are made with seasoned pork, packed with veggies, and taste amazing. Serve for an easy lunch or turn them into a lunchbox idea by using a thermos to keep the filling warm.
This Apple Cinnamon Pancake recipe is made in a skillet by layering apples along with cinnamon and spices with prepackaged pancake mix which is baked into a simple, delicious breakfast or lunch idea.
Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Quesadillas
These PB&J banana quesadillas are a fun way to mix things up! Can be made gluten-free, vegan, whole grain and dairy-free.
Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwich with Banana and Strawberries
Get ready for the best peanut butter sandwich you will ever have! These Grilled Peanut Butter Sandwiches with fresh Bananas and Strawberries are absolutely amazing. The crispy toasted bread, melted gooey peanut butter, fresh fruit, is so good together with a drizzle of honey for a touch of sweetness.
If your kids love mac and cheese and you’re looking for a nutritious version, you’ve gotta try Veggie Mac and Cheese. This recipe combines the cheesy flavors kids love with the nutrients moms look for. It’s kid-approved!
Hawaiian Chicken Salad with Pineapple
This Hawaiian Chicken Salad with Pineapple makes a great healthy lunch for toddlers and kids, and is a perfect after-school snack! Make this super easy chicken salad on a busy day with just 5 ingredients. This recipe has no raw ingredients so you can have your kids help you make it!
Granola Crunch Apple-Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps
These crunchy Peanut Butter Sandwich Wraps come together in just moments and are completely adaptable – no need to measure exact amounts! Perfect for on-the-go meals and make-ahead lunches, they’re full of nutrient-rich fruits, whole grains and lots of protein.
These freezable pizza pockets are a fabulous healthy lunch option! Serve with 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons hummus and a clementine for a complete meal.
Easy Pita Pizza
This quick and easy pita pizza can be in and out of your oven faster than you can call for takeout! With endless possible topping combinations, including a lactose free pizza option, this is a meal the whole family will love to make and eat!
Chickpea Salad Sandwiches
Chickpea Salad Sandwiches might just become your go-to sandwich for lunch. The flavor combo is not only tasty but kid-approved. So interesting, so good!
Nacho Bowls are a healthy lunch idea that’s also a fun family recipe to make and even more fun to eat! Start with your favorite grain whether brown rice, white rice, quinoa, or farro. Offer lots of toppings and let your family put together their favorite flavor combos!
Spring Lunch Ideas for Kids
There are so many adorable food art ideas that can be made for lunch at home. Kids always get a kick out of fun, creative food presentations and they will love these flower shaped foods.
Easy Homemade Vegan Bean Burrito Recipe
Looking for a delicious, filling, easy and healthy protein-rich lunch? Our homemade vegan bean burritos have become our go-to recipe for whenever we want some Mexican comfort food or have a couple of leftovers from the night before.
How To Make a Rainbow Bento Lunchbox for Kids
This Rainbow Bento Lunchbox pairs a variety of fruits and veggies with simple pinwheels filled with hummus, turkey, and spinach. Easy, fun, and delicious!
Easy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is a fail-proof method to make a perfectly crispy, hot, and melty cheese sandwich for lunch. This grilled cheese is real comfort food, and great even for the pickiest eaters.
This quick and easy Vegan Pasta Salad takes less than 20 minutes to make start to finish. It’s made with very simple ingredients that are healthy, colorful, and tasty. And my favorite part is the dressing, the creaminess of the dressing is the reason why we absolutely LOVE this pasta salad.
One-Pot Pasta And Beans
One pot pasta and beans makes for a delicious lunch meal. As the ultimate comfort food, this recipe is filled with flavor.
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are easy to make lunch idea for kids. These pinwheels are made using tortilla wraps, cream cheese, and hot sauce.
More Healthy Meals For Kids
For even more healthy meals that can be made for lunch or dinner, we pulled together a few of our favorites. Check out Baked Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole, Healthy Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe, Healthy Sloppy Joe Recipe, Tater Tot Casserole For Kids, Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs or Healthy Crack Chicken Pasta – all tasty and kid-approved!
Healthy Dessert Ideas For Kids
A meal isn’t complete without dessert! Let kids choose between Easy S’mores Banana Boats, Caramelized Peaches in Foil, Fruit Salad with Cool Whip, Mango Slushie, or Watermelon Sticks.
If you enjoyed any of the recipes make sure to leave a comment below! Then follow me on social media and tag #createkidsclub if you make the recipe. I love seeing what you come up with!
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