These 11 healthy lunch ideas for preschoolers are easy to make and super delicious! There’s something for everyone on this list, even the pickiest little eaters that only want macaroni and cheese and cookies.
Here Are Healthy Lunch Ideas For Preschoolers
1. Hummus Sandwich
Skip the sugar-filled jellies and use hummus as a healthier sandwich spread option. There are so many different types of hummus, let your child sample different flavors to see what he or she likes best.
Simply spread hummus on one or two slices of soft bread, and done. If that seems a little plain for your child’s tastes, try adding a slice of fresh turkey or spinach leaves. Instead of bread, you could also use a whole-wheat tortilla rolled up into a fun pinwheel sandwich.
Step up your sandwich making game by purchasing sandwich cutters (available for a few dollars at stores like Wal-Mart) to add fun shapes to your preschooler’s sandwiches.
2. Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich/Pitta Wrap
Mash hard-boiled eggs with avocado, a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt. You could add a little bit of mayo or mustard as well. Put the mixture inside of a sandwich or pitta pocket, or serve as a dip with crackers.
3. Honey, Almond Butter & Banana Sandwiches
Spread almond butter (a healthier alternative to peanut butter) on top of two slices of whole-wheat bread. On one slice, drizzle honey over the top and then add a layer of bananas. Take your slice of bread with just almond butter and set it on top. While you’re at it, you might as well make one for you too, because it’s seriously delicious for all age groups!
4. Veggie Pasta
Mix together 6 oz. of cooked pasta and add ½ tbsp. melted butter, ½ cup cooked peas, 2/3-cup cheery tomatoes (small diced into quarters). Add salt and pepper and top with shredded mozzarella cheese, or whatever type of cheese your child likes best.
Helpful tip: It’s no secret that kids love pasta, but making healthy pasta can be a real challenge. Try getting pasta made from veggies or make your own spaghetti out of squash.
5. Mini Pizza
Kids love pizza but that doesn’t mean pizza is a healthy option. You can make it healthier by serving it on top of a toasted English muffin. Add light seasoning, tomato sauce and cheese. You could also add olives, green onions or whatever other veggies your child likes on pizza. Place in the toaster oven until the sauce is warm and the cheese is melting and bubbly.
Tip: Put the English muffin in the toaster without any toppings first until slightly browned around the edges. Take out and apply toppings before putting it back inside of the oven for an additional 2 minutes or so.
6. Rice Bowl with Fried Egg and Avocado
Mix scallions, brown rice and vinegar in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper. Fry up an egg so that the yolk is still a little runny and place on top, along with sliced avocado.
7. Homemade Lunchables
Kids enjoy Lunchables but they are unhealthy and full of processed junk. You can give your child the same joy of opening a Lunchables without all of the unhealthy fillers and preservatives. All you need is Tupperware divided into a few smaller sections. Add different foods to each section, such as humus dip, whole-grain chips, veggie sushi or anything else your child enjoys eating.
8. Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
This is the perfect meal for a chilly day and the best part is, you can make a bunch of it at once and then reuse it throughout the week. Good Housekeeping has a great kid-friendly recipe for you to try: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/a8168/homemade-chicken-noodle-soup-3996/
9. Quiche or Frittata
Make a vegetable quiche for dinner and then serve it up cold or re-heated for lunch the next day. Make sure to add plenty of cheese and veggies inside of a delectable piecrust and your toddler will be asking for quiche all of the time.
Try this parent-approved and child-adored recipe for mini cheese and potato frittatas: http://www.motherandbaby.co.uk/lifestyle-and-celebs/food/recipes-for-kids-and-families/mini-cheese-and-potato-frittatas#.VABf76gUcbA
10. Fruit Parfait
Mix plain (less sugar) or vanilla yogurt with chunks of granola and fresh cut fruit for a delicious and refreshing lunch or snack. Add some dark chocolate chips into the mix to make it even more tempting to your little one.
11. The DIY Sandwich
Let your child build his or her own sandwich by setting out a variety of ingredients. Place out slices of fresh meat, cheese, veggies and condiments and watch your child work their undiscovered culinary magic.