It's a Mom Thing Reviews & More!: Kid Friendly Lunch and Snack Ideas! - Alexandra

9/26/14

Kid Friendly Lunch and Snack Ideas! - Alexandra


For most of us with children in school they have been attending for a few weeks or more already! The other day while I was packing my daughter's lunch I thought, "It's never too late to share lunch and snack ideas!" My daughter isn't very picky about what food she eats, but she does get sick of things quickly, so I have to aim to make her lunches a bit different daily so that she still enjoys her lunches and snacks. I know firsthand that after a few weeks of planning lunches and snacks it is easy to run out of ideas! I wanted to share a few of our go-to lunch and snack ideas to help make packing your child's lunches easier for you and tastier for them!

Some of our favorite lunch items:
Jelly Sandwich (any sandwich your child enjoys)
Half of an egg salad sandwich
Half of a chicken salad sandwich
Cream cheese on crackers
"DIY lunchable" - lunch meat, cheese, crackers
Mini bagel with butter or cream cheese
Croissant 
Grilled Chicken
Pasta (sometimes with butter, sometimes with sauce)
Macaroni and Cheese
Soup
Cheese Quesadilla
Pita and hummus
Tortilla chips and salsa
Cheese and crackers
Pasta Salad
Chicken Nuggets
Fried Rice
Meat and cheese kebobs 
Pizza bagel
Mini Pancakes and maple syrup
Tortellini or Ravioli with sauce
Slice of Banana Bread
Grilled Cheese

These are some of Mia's favorites! I know that every child enjoys different things so you can base your list of ideas to use off of what things your child enjoys! Mia doesn't really enjoy many sandwiches so her lunches are often "deconstructed" sandwiches, meaning we include the bread item, a meat, and a cheese. We also make Mia's lunches peanut-free due to a severe allergy of one of her classmates. If your child enjoys peanut butter of course include that or substitute for Wow butter or Sun butter!



Fruits and Veggies we keep on hand:
Grapes (green and/or red)
Strawberries
Bananas
Blueberries
Watermelon
Cantaloupe 
Honey Dew
Apple Slices
Pineapple 
Kiwi Pieces
Cut up Oranges
Mandarin Oranges
Pear slices
Cucumber slices
Carrot Sticks
Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange bell pepper slices
Black Olives

Each day for lunch I pack one fruit and one veggie to go along with her other lunch item. I cut them up for her and put them into little containers or plastic bags so that it is easier for her to eat and to open what they are stored in! The list above is options that we usually have in the house at some point throughout the month for her so that she has a variety. You could also give your child  any other fruits or veggies that they like such as fresh broccoli, celery, tomatoes, cherries, raspberries, and more! You could also include a dip for veggies or fruit to make it a bit more fun!

Some of our favorite non-fruit/veggie snacks:
String Cheese
Yogurt (sometimes we add granola)
Applesauce
Skeeter Nut Free Cinnamon Grahams
Annie's Homegrown Bunny Grahams 
Annie's Homegrown Animal Crackers
Annie's Homegrown Snack Mixes (assorted varieties)
Annie's Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies
Popcorners (assorted varieties)
Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps (assorted varieties)
Pop Chips (assorted varieties) 
Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar Snack
Goldfish crackers
Fruit Snacks
Popcorn
Pretzels
Mini Muffins 
CLIF Kids bars
Granola Bars
Hard Boiled Egg
Raisins

My daughter is in kindergarten so she gets a snack in the morning around ten and her lunch around noon. I typically pack these snacks for her snack time since they are a bit heartier and will hold her over until lunch. Sometimes she also doesn't want much of a breakfast so having a heartier snack is more filling for her until lunch at noon. If her main lunch item does no include a dairy and I do not pack a milk box for her I will also often give her a string cheese or yogurt with her lunch instead of as a snack at her snack time. 


Drinks we usually use for lunches:
Water in a reusable water bottle
Horizon Organics Milk (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry)
Honest Kids juice packs
Apple & Eve Organics
Apple & Eve Organic Quenchers
Apple & Eve Fruitables

Since I pack two drinks a day (snack time and lunch time) I like to have different flavors of the drinks that we give available so that she has some variety. I also personally use a reusable water bottle since she has trouble opening a regular water bottle. If you would prefer you could send a non-reusable water bottle.

I hope that these lists give you lots of ideas!

16 comments:

  1. I actually have to pack a lunch for MYSELF tomorrow... I will be using some of these ideas...! I was sitting here drawing a blank on what to pack until I read this!

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  2. Great ideas! My kids love variety as well so there is a lot to choose from on here :)

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  3. We found a new product yesterday next to the Lunchables - Jack's Links snack packs of jerky! My daughters love them, and I do since they have no carbs or sugars!

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  4. Packing a lunch for kids is always something I enjoy doing. I like to know what they are eating opposed to school lunch where I'm not always so sure. You have some really great bite-size ideas here for packing a super duper lunch for kids! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Ok I'm hungry now for a snack. We eat crackers and cheese a lot it's so easy and handy.

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  6. Ha, I have a teenager in Grade 11 and some of those things on your list are his favorites as well! I know I am ruining him for a future wife, but ya, I still make his lunch in the morning.

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  7. My kids always loved DIY lunchables. I would pack pepperoni, small slices of cheese, grapes, and either crackers or melba toast.

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  8. These are some great kid-friendly snack ideas. My eight year old is very picky about what he eats so he would love these.

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  9. These are great ideas to send your children to school with a healthy nutritious lunch. It's important to balance healthy and tasty!

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  10. What some great ideas - I actually really fancy trying a number of them myself :) x

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  11. These are all such great ideas. My kids buy lunch every day but these are great ideas for my daughter and myself at home!

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  12. We already do a lot of these, but you've also given me some new ideas as well. Thanks!

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  13. love all of the fruit. A child or an adult for that matter can never have too much fruit. So many great ideas here to last a long time.

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  14. Love kid lunch ideas. It seems to get boring fast so new ideas are always welcome

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  15. Thank you for these ideas. I am going to show my girls as they are old enough to pack there own lunches.

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  16. those are definitely the kind of treat kids would want indeed!

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