Here you will find 5 Sandwich Free Lunchbox Ideas Your Kids Will Love. Being creative and teaching kids healthy eating habits will bring lots of health benefits.
Creative Lunchbox Ideas For Your Kids
The daily struggle. What to pack for my kid’s lunch. In my opinion, the best lunchbox idea is to send dinner leftovers from the night before. A hot, balanced meal is what kids really deserve. But sometimes my family doesn’t leave any leftovers and I don’t have any more food to send to school.
Here you will find some of my favorite recipes, and the pictures of the lunches I usually send for my kids when we don’t have any leftovers. Finding healthy options in your kitchen that your kids can have for lunch without sending a plain sandwich that contains little to no nutrition.
I really do not like the idea of sandwiches for my kid’s school lunch. Here is why:
First of all, most of them are made with deli meats. According to the World Health Organization, eating lots of processed meat can cause cancer. SOURCE. Kid’s sandwiches usually do not include any vegetables. You get in the bad habit of sending the same sandwich over and over again. And finally, your kids get used to eating fast food, instead of real nutritious stuff.
Think Variety, different flavors, think sandwich free lunchbox ideas! How are we going to get our kids to expand their palates sending the same sandwich to school everyday?
A ham and cheese sandwich every single day with deli meat and white bread is not the best option! There is basically no nutrition, and lots of artificial ingredients and preservatives.
I try to keep sandwich lunches to a minimum, and send them only once a week or every other week. We really don’t eat white bread, and I always choose whole grains. Multi grain, or multi seed breads are better options. Instead of mayonnaise, spread it with hummus. Oh, and make sure I choose a deli meat free of chemicals. Like my favorite brand, Applegate.
Best Choices For Lunch
Like I said before, the best option is a hot lunch. Dinner leftovers from the night before. How do you keep the food warm? After trying many containers, the LunchBots Thermal 16 oz. container is the best one and keeps my kid’s food warm for hours! It is really the perfect size for a full meal. It is pretty wide so the food can nicely fit without everything being mixed inside.
Last night, I made some veggie tacos and there were no leftovers. So today, I had to get creative and pack a healthy lunch for my kids. And I was pretty happy with what I sent. So, I thought about writing about it and showing you these 5 Sandwich Free Lunchbox Ideas.
Nutrition plays such a huge role in your kid’s overall health. I also want to teach my kids healthy eating habits so they grow up to make healthy food choices. If you are interested about healthy eating habits in kids, please see my post 5 Tips For Raising Healthy Non-Picky Eaters. Healthy eating habits start at home!
Make it a habit and eat real, fresh food. Cook at home and stay away from boxes and cans. Teach your kids to love fruits and vegetables. Their future depends on it.
5 Sandwich Free Lunchbox Ideas Your Kids Will Love
I hope this post gives you some lunchbox ideas your kids will love, to try to stay away from sandwiches and send more variety of foods.
1. Homemade Easy Lunchable
I am not even going to tell you why I would NEVER buy lunchables for my kids. The reasons are pretty obvious. They are REALLY UNHEATHY and contains many harmful ingredients. The good news is you can make you own with the help of this PlanetBox container. This is literally what I had left in my kitchen for the week.
A hard boiled egg, hummus, baby carrots, cheese, watermelon, and some Terra plantain chips (made with coconut oil). Yum!
2. Veggie Nuggets
One of our favorite foods for lunch. These nuggets are so amazing that even picky eaters will love them. Made with broccoli, cauliflower, egg, cheese, and almond flour or breadcrumbs. My kids also love to dip them with honey mustard or avocado ranch. They are so easy to pack and you can enjoy them either warm or cold. You can easily freeze them too. Send them in the smaller PlanetBox container with some fruit. RECIPE HERE.
3.-Healthy Egg Muffins
Great finger food that is super easy to make and pack for school. You can add different toppings like cheese, red peppers, mushrooms or zucchini. They taste amazing even cold and are super easy to freeze and save for later. Great for the PlanetBox container to go with other healthy foods you have available at home. RECIPE HERE.
4. Homemade Mexican Inspired Lunchable
Sometimes all I have leftover from a taco night are some Mexican cheese and avocados. So I tell my kids I made a Mexican lunchable! Mash the avocado and add a little salt and lemon juice. It will stay fresh for hours! Want a tip to ripen a hard rock avocado? Click HERE.
Guacamole, veggie chips, Mexican farmer’s cheese, raspberries and some chocolate chips for a little sweet treat. Ok, it is not really authentic Mexican food, but my kids fall for it. Plus avocados are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
5. Zero Effort Homemade Lunchable
This really requires no effort, even a dad can put it together. These are the days you feel very tired, and it’s Friday, and you really want to pack something healthy, and you ask your husband for help. There you go. Simple, easy and healthy sandwich free lunchbox ideas because our kids deserve real food.
Kalamata olives, fresh turkey breast, gouda cheese, cashews, raspberries and a couple of multigrain crackers. Oh, and don’t forget the semi sweet chocolate chips!
Hope this 5 Sandwich Free Lunchbox Ideas Your Kids Will Love helps you find new ways to pack your kid’s lunches. I am a mom blogger who loves to share creative and healthy fun food recipes. Check out my latest posts for even more ideas. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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