September 10, 2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids and Adults

Are we the only ones who have a hard time packing lunches? Especially now that school has started, making healthy lunches for our kids and ourselves can be a bit of a challenge. The good news is we have six solutions for you -- three healthy lunches for the kids -- and three for you. Having some convenient containers is handy when making lunches, especially if you make them the night before. We like using mason jars, Bee's Wrap sandwich wraps (available when you customize your box) and other containers that travel and wash well.

Egg Salad Sandwich Lunch

Check out our egg salad sandwich recipe here. We packed our egg salad separately from the bread and lettuce, then constructed our sandwich once we were ready to eat. Pack some blueberries (or strawberries), almonds, cucumber slices and a plum or apple. The egg salad takes 10-15 minutes to make and holds up well, so you can make it the night before.

Massaged Kale Salad Lunch

We love kale salads for lunch because they can be dressed and not get soggy by the time you're ready to eat them. Here's our massaged kale salad recipe, and check out another of our favorite kale salads that would also pack well for a lunch. Pair with some berries, nuts and hard-boiled eggs. If you need help perfecting your hard-boiled egg, check out our blog post here.

Rustic Kale Soup Lunch

We can't wait for fall weather, and this rustic kale soup is a perfect way to welcome the cooler weather. Make this soup the night before for dinner, then reap the rewards the next day in the form of an easy, packed lunch! Pack some slices of French bread for dipping in your soup, a handful of nuts and a piece of your favorite fruit.

Snack Pack Lunch

How many of you pack a lunch for your kids, only to discover they took one bite and didn't touch the rest? We like packing these snack-pack style lunches so they get some variety and might be tempted to try something new. We love using a cookie cutter to make cantaloupe (or other melon) look more tempting to eat, then packed some nuts, their favorite fruit, bell pepper slices, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas. Pack along with their favorite yogurt, half a sandwich, or some cheese sticks. Get creative with the options. We like to put four items that we know our kids love, then we give them something new to see if they're feeling adventurous.

PB and J Wrap Lunch

Spread some almond butter and your kid's favorite jelly on a tortilla, and roll it or fold it. Pack with grapes, our homemade fruit leather, cucumber slices and applesauce.

Cheese and Crackers Lunch with Apple Cookies

We made these grated apple cookies with whole wheat flour and love putting them in our kid's lunches (and ours) for a treat. Pack with some cheese and crackers, carrots, strawberries, melon and apple juice.

What about you guys? Do you have any favorite go-to lunches to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

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