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Fun Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

Fun Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

Finger Food Fruit & Veg Snacks

If your kids are fans of finger foods (who isn’t?!), you can mix and match the following snacks, which are super nutritious and packed full of vitamins and minerals. Chopping and packing finger foods into Stasher bags is also a great way for your kids to get involved in the DIY lunchbox crudite fun.

  • Strawberries
  • Cherries (halved and pitted)
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Apple slices (add some lemon juice and give the bag a shake – the acidity of the lemon prevents the apples from browning)
  • Carrot sticks or baby carrots
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter
  • Red pepper slices
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber slices or mini cucumbers
  • Broccoli

Wraps

Customizable, transportable in a Stasher bag, and super filling, wraps are great lunchbox ideas that you can enjoy hot or cold. All of the foods in this section make for excellent wrap fillings, but there are endless possibilities, so get creative!

  • Sliced turkey, chunks of roasted chicken, or bacon
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Black beans (bean burritos, anyone?)
  • Lettuce, spinach, or arugula
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomato
  • Avocado (be sure to add a squeeze of lemon or lime juice on the avocado slices or mash to avoid browning)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese or feta cheese crumbles
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki sauce

Homemade Trail Mix

Homemade Trail Mix

Homemade trail mix is one of our go-to lunchbox ideas because it’s easy to make, nutritious, and super snackable! You can also switch up the ingredients for variety and based on what you have on hand. All of the foods in this section are great trail mix add-ins, but if you’re packing a school lunch, be sure to check your child’s school’s allergy restrictions or nut policy.

  • Raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries
  • Chocolate chips
  • Freeze-dried strawberry slices
  • Banana chips
  • Dried apple chunks
  • Dried goji berries
  • Nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, and macadamia nuts
  • Pepita seeds
  • Homemade granola

Not sure where to start? Check out these nine homemade trail mix recipes, plus a great idea for getting kids involved in the mix-making!

Homemade Vegetable Chips

If you have an air fryer, consider air frying your own vegetable chips for a crunchy, tasty snack. All foods listed here are air-fryer friendly and easily transportable for lunchtime in a Stasher Snack Bag. And as an added bonus, homemade veggie chips are a lot healthier than store bought ones while also letting you skip the single-use packaging.

  • Potato chips
  • Sweet potato chips
  • Carrot chips
  • Kale chips
  • Parsnip chips
  • Beet chips
  • Zucchini chips
  • Snow pea chips
  • Asparagus chips

Homemade Sweet Treats for Kids Lunch

Homemade Sweet Treats

What’s a lunch without a sweet treat? Store-bought sweets tend to have high sugar content, are wrapped in plastic, and don’t taste all that fresh. So we’re big fans of DIY baked treats, which can be customized to your kids’ nutritional needs and can easily slide into a trusty Stasher Sandwich Bag. The foods in this section are ideas to get you started, but the sky’s the limit.

  • Banana bread muffins or loaf slices
  • Simple granola bars
  • Blueberry crumble slices
  • Chocolate-covered fruit
  • Chocolate chip pumpkin muffins
  • Oatmeal cookies
  • Chocolate-covered pretzels
  • Zucchini bread

Happy lunch-packing! We hope your kids enjoy these lunchbox ideas as much as we have — and don’t forget to taste-test everything yourself, too.

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