Lunches your kids will love!
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich just doesn’t cut it for lunch anymore. Now days our kids need a balanced and healthy lunch to make it through their busy days.
Having to think of nutritious and interesting lunch ideas that your kids will actually eat can be super tricky and very draining.
The Compartment Lunch Box let’s you pack a variety of lunches for your kids, keeping them fresh and cool to be eaten at anytime during the day.
Kids love variety, and having the two or three compartments in this lunchbox allows you to give them exactly that.
To make things a little easier for you, we have come up with a weeks worth of lunches and snacks that are perfect to pack into your kids Compartment Lunch Box.
These lunches will not only be loved by your kids, but are also healthy and easy to make. Some can even be frozen for next weeks lunch!
Morning snack - Natural yogurt and honey
This is an easy Monday morning snack. The yogurt will be kept cool in one of the lunchboxes compartments and kids will love the added sweetness of the honey.
Lunch - BLT pasta salad
Simply cook up some bowtie pasta and crisp up some bacon. Mix this in with some shredded lettuce leaves, baby tomatoes and ranch dressing and you have a tasty cold pasta salad for lunch.
Afternoon snack - No bake cereal bars
2 cups cereal, 1/3 cup peanut butter and 1/3 cup syrup. Mix the peanut butter and syrup together on the stovetop until melted and pour into a bowl with the cereal.
Press the mixture onto a baking tray and leave to firm up in the fridge. These bars are incredibly easy to make and only have 3 ingredients! (hint: save some for a snack for later in the week).
Morning snack - Fruit salad
Cut up whatever fruit you have in the fridge (apple, banana, strawberry, orange, melon etc) and mix it in with a little bit of fruit juice. This will be kept super fresh in one of the lunchbox compartments.
Lunch - Salmon and sweet potato fishcakes
Mix up 600g salmon, 300g mashed sweet potato, 1/2 chopped red onion and 80g breadcrumbs and separate the mixture into desired sized cakes.
Fry these in olive oil until browned. The fishcakes are a great finger-food lunch for kids to eat on the go.
Afternoon snack - Garlic and parmesan roasted chickpeas
Drain one can of chickpeas. Mix together 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp crushed garlic and 3 tbsp grated parmesan. Mix this in with chickpeas and lay out on a baking tray. Roast for 30-40 mins.
This is the perfect healthy snack and they will be kept crunchy and fresh in the lunchbox container.
Morning snack - Nutella and banana sushi
Yum! Spread some nutella on a plain wholewheat wrap. Peel a banana and then wrap this up in the nutella wrap. Slice into sections. The kids will love this morning treat!
Lunch - Ham mac & cheese muffins
Make up a batch of ham mac & cheese as you normally would and then divide it into greased muffin trays. Sprinkle some extra cheese on top and then bake for 10-15 mins.
These are ideal for school lunches and the extras can even be frozen for next weeks lunch.
Afternoon snack - No bake cereal bars
Hopefully the batch you made earlier in the week hasn’t been polished off and you have some bars left for today's afternoon snack.
Morning snack - French toast fingers
Fry up some french toast and top with some honey or peanut butter. Cut into fingers for the kids to eat easily as a morning snack.
Lunch - Kids quinoa salad
Mix a cup of cooked quinoa, 1 cup of cooked mixed frozen veg (green beans, carrots, corn etc) with 1/3 cup yogurt ranch dressing. This makes an ideal cold lunch that is both nutritious and tasty!
Afternoon snack - Homemade trail mix
Choose one or more ingredients from each category below to make up your very own homemade trail mix.
Nuts: almonds, pistachios, pecans, cashews, walnuts or peanuts
Dried fruit: cherries, banana, blackberries or cranberries
Seeds: flax, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
Sweets (optional): chocolate chips, m&m’s, little marshmallows or peanut butter chips
Grains: cherrios, popcorn, granola or pretzels
Keep this in an airtight container to use next week
Morning snack - No bake cereal bars
If there are none left then make up a new batch - it is so easy!
Lunch - Ham, egg and cheese roll-ups
Scramble an egg on the stove with half a handful of baby spinach and a few sliced baby tomatoes. Throw in a little grated cheese and cook until egg is done. Place two slices of ham on a board and spoon some scrambled egg onto each piece.
Roll up and place in the over for a few minutes until ham is crispy. This is a great alternative to traditional wraps and your kids will be more than happy to eat them!
Afternoon snack - Chocolate peanut butter chia bars
Mix 1 cup of pitted dates, 1/4 cup peanuts, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 tbsp cocoa powder and 1 1/2 tbsp chia seeds. Once mixed together, pour onto a baking tray and refrigerate until firm.
These are absolutely delicious and ridiculously healthy as well. Make them on Friday to have as extra treats over the weekend.
Hopefully this week worth of snacks and lunches will help you out a little. Mix up all the lunches and snacks in following weeks to keep things interesting, and easy for yourself.
Most recipes can be easily adjusted to suit your kids preferences, so have fun and be creative!