15 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
Looking for a little lunch box inspiration? Try these healthy back-to-school lunch ideas that your kids are sure to love
Turkey, Brie and Apple Sandwich on Raisin-Walnut Bread
Give your little one a tasty twist on the classic turkey sandwich. This turkey sandwich satisfies cravings for both sweet and savory tastes.
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Curried Chicken and Apple Lettuce Wraps
This wrap is a play on the regular and sometimes boring chicken salad sandwich, but without mayo and with the addition of sweet and crunchy apple and the spice of curry and turmeric.
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Skinny Tuna Sandwich on Sprouted Grain Bread
This healthy tuna sandwich is flavoured with fennel and lemon juice and garnished with pea sprouts and fresh cucumber.
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Breakfast Sandwich with Smashed Avocado
These egg and avocado sandwiches are filled with protein – perfect for any long school day!
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Bake up a frittata, slice into pieces and freeze alongside whole-grain bread for six servings of a healthy make-ahead lunch.
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Avocado and Chicken Club Sandwich
This avocado and chicken club sandwich packs in lots of interesting flavours and textures. Crispy prosciutto replaces the usual bacon, and mashed avocado the butter. Adding a few leaves to a sandwich is a cunning way to get your kids to eat their greens.
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Chewy Date and Walnut Bars
These chewy snack bars are a special treat for lunch boxes as well as for a midday snack or coffee break. Only a little light margarine and oil are needed for the dough. Dates are added for natural sweetness, and walnuts and sunflower seeds provide extra texture. The result is both nutritious and delicious. Homemade snack bars are also less expensive than store-bought versions.
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These turkey kebabs are a great combination of flavours that are reminiscent of Moroccan spices. Make them as an appetizer on the weekend and then pack them up in kid-friendly containers for a perfect Monday lunch. Not only are they nutritious, but they’re also super-dippable-a bonus for any kid.
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Tomato and Bread Salad with Herbed Chicken
People hesitate when Paul Finkelstein suggests his tomato and herbed chicken salad (a classic Italian dish called Panzanella), because he describes it as “soggy bread salad”-which is exactly what it is. But it’s delicious, with rich seasoning and diverse textures. The bread cubes act as sponges soaking up the juices of the tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This is a true harvest salad that tastes best with flavourful, local tomatoes.
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Niçoise-Style Salad in a Jar
Even the pickiest of eaters will be excited about bringing lunch in a jar to class.
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Vegetable Tajine with Couscous
This is a great dish for this season, as any vegetable will work well. Be sure to stagger the addition of the veggies to the pot, starting with the ones that require more cooking time and finishing with the more tender varieties.
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Sushi pockets are a quick lunch idea that are sure to please your budding foodie.
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Turkey Sausage Rolls with Mango Chutney
Kids love these simple sausage rolls. Using turkey sausage meat instead of pork sausage helps keep the fat content down.
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Dairy-Free Creamy Macaroni Bake
This healthy, creamy macaroni bake is a favourite among kids who crave macaroni and cheese but can’t have dairy. Cooking and pureeing the cauliflower gives the sauce a whiteness that makes it look like the traditional cream sauce.
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Vegan Friendly Fig and Raspberry Rice Pudding
Don’t forget dessert! A luscious fig and raspberry compote tops this cinnamon- and lemon-infused rice pudding for the perfect dairy-free and vegan after-lunch treat.
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