Kid-Approved Lunches and Snack Recipes

Kid-Approved Lunches and Snack Recipes

As a former Household Manager/Nanny/Private Chef, I know how crazy and hectic your house can be during the school year...especially in the morning. I remember lunch being the one item on my to-do list that I stressed out about the most. I wanted to make sure that I provided a lunch that was kid friendly but also tasty and packed with nutrients. Here are some of the recipes I came up with!

To figure out what kids like, “interview” them about their favorite and least favorite foods. I did this with the tot I used to take care of. He loved being interviewed and I loved having his full attention for more than 5 minutes! Once the interview was over, I took his favorite foods and gave them a fun twist, making sure the meals were also suitable for school. 

Fruit Smoothies
Kids love fruit smoothies so I would make one large smoothie, and freeze it in ice cube trays. Each morning, I would fill his thermos with 5 ice cubes. Come lunch time, the ice cubes will have thawed and BAM, the tot has a delicious smoothie to drink for lunch.

Secret tip: add ground flax seed and spinach leaves to the smoothie for extra nutrients. The tot will never know!

Here are some delicious fruit smoothie recipes to freeze in ice cube trays! 

Breakfast Fruit Smoothie
Kiwi Mango Lassi Smoothie
Mango Apricot Strawberry Smoothie
Banana Smoothie
Fat-Free Strawberry-Yogurt Smoothie

Roll-Ups
For some turkey and cheese rollups, lay out 2 whole-wheat tortillas, spread some hummus and a drizzle of olive oil on each tortilla, top with shredded turkey and your tot’s favorite cheese. Roll each tortilla and slice into 4-6 bite size pieces. To complete this healthy lunch, pack 2 nectarines. Don’t peel the nectarine. Instead, draw a silly smiley face on the nectarine skin or write a sweet message!

Here are some delicious rolled-up recipes that are PERFECT for kids! 

Pepperoni Rolls
Ham and Cheese Crescent Rollups
Shrimp Rollups
Spinach Rollups
Chicken Bacon Rollups

Sushi
For the child with a more sophisticated palate, pack sushi in his or her lunchbox! Seriously, I have yet to find a child who doesn’t like sushi! You can make sushi rolls with or without fish. You can either buy the ready-made sushi rolls at your local grocer or get creative and make some veggie rolls at home. For even more fun, buy a sushi making kit online and prepare Monday’s sushi lunch on Sunday night as a family. 

Don't be afraid to try new things and make sure to ask your kids what they like! 

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