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Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

As my little five year old went off to full time school for the first time last month and experienced so many exciting firsts, I also felt like I was experiencing new things as a mom. Some big, some little. One of those new things was packing my daughter’s lunch. Such a small task can be tedious at times. For me, easy is the name of the game! That inspired me to share some of my new Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches! Be sure to tell me in the comments what great, easy ideas you have for kids lunches as well.

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

Main Dish:

  • Sandwich
  • Wrap (sandwich filling of choice wrapped in a tortilla)
  • Bagel with cream cheese
  • Hummus with pita or pita chips
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Lunch meat and cheese roll ups
  • Salad with sliced grilled chicken
  • Thermos of soup
  • Tuna or chicken salad and crackers

Veggies & Fruits:

  • Fruit salad with granola topping (recipe below)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Baby carrots
  • “Ants on a Log” (celery sticks filled with peanut or other nut butter and topped with raisins)
  • Cucumber slices with ranch dressing or hummus
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Sliced apple with peanut butter (or non-peanut nut butter)
  • Side salad

Side Dish:

  • Tortilla chips with salsa
  • Pickle
  • Veggie straws
  • Yogurt
  • Sliced cheese or string cheese
  • Fish crackers
  • Pretzels

Sensible Treats:

My daughter is always excited to see what little treats I may have in her lunch box, and TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are one of her favorites! Kid loved and mom approved, TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are a loveable bear-shaped snack made with quality ingredients such as milk, eggs and chocolate. These are also a great snack any time your little one is hungry when you’re on the go.

Easy Ideas for Kids LunchesTEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks contain no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors and no artificial colors. We picked up a few boxes at Walmart in the cookie/cracker isle. 

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

Aren’t they so cute?!

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

These yummy little bears come with chocolate or vanilla filling.

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks are a great addition to a balanced lunch for our little ones. Last week my daughter was feeling a bit under the weather, so I made her a fun school-lunch style meal of homemade cherry fruit cocktail with cinnamon granola topping, a hard boiled egg, cucumber slices with hummus, and a TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snack.

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

She loved it! A fun, delicious, wholesome lunch is a great pick-me-up for a sick kid as well as for lunch time at school.

Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

One of our new favorite side dishes for school lunch is homemade cherry fruit cocktail with cinnamon granola topping. Remember eating the canned fruit cocktail as a kid? I always especially loved the kind that had cherries. I now make it for my daughter with a combination of fresh and canned fruit and we top it with homemade cinnamon granola. Yum! This takes me just a few minutes to prepare on a Sunday night to be ready for the school week.

Mixed Fruit Salad with Cherries and Granola

Homemade Cherry Fruit Cocktail With Cinnamon Granola
Serves 8
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
52 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
52 min
262 calories
48 g
0 g
8 g
4 g
5 g
176 g
24 g
25 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
176g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
24%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 48g
16%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
48%
Calcium
5%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Fruit Salad
  1. 1 cup fresh grapes, halved
  2. 1 15 ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
  3. 1 15 ounce can pears, drained and chopped
  4. 1/2 cup fresh fruit of your choice (kiwi, mango, peaches, etc.), chopped
  5. 1/2 cup cherry pie filling
Granola
  1. 2 cups rolled oats
  2. Dash of salt
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  5. 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  6. 1/3 cup honey
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. 1. Set oven to 300 degrees.
  2. 2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the fruit salad. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  3. 3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oats, a dash of salt, the cinnamon, and the ground flax seed.
  4. 4. In a small bowl, combine the honey, coconut oil, and vanilla. Pour over the oat mixture and combine.
  5. 5. Spread the granola mixture evenly onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes. Stir the granola then bake again for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  6. 6. Cool the granola on the cookie sheet until room temperature.
  7. Serve the fruit and granola in small bowls and allow your child to sprinkle the granola onto the fruit as they eat.
  8. Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature and the fruit in a covered container in the refrigerator.
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calories
262
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
48g
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Mixed Fruit Salad with Cherries and Granola

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Tell me in the comments what your kiddos love to eat for lunch and which flavor of TEDDY SOFT BAKED Filled Snacks they would like best.

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7 Comments on Easy Ideas for Kids Lunches

  1. Melissa
    September 18, 2017 at 11:50 am (1 month ago)

    Thank you for the great round-up of lunch ideas! I have a couple of picky/indecisive eaters so this will be helpful! I’ll have to check into the Nabisco snacks. I’m guessing they would be a winner in my house!

    Reply
  2. Alice Mills
    September 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm (1 month ago)

    Nice selection. These kind of lunches are such a loving gift to your kids!

    Reply
  3. Susan Evans
    September 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm (1 month ago)

    I like adding more variety to my kids’ lunches. We seem to get into a rut with what we eat. These ideas look great!

    Reply
  4. Jackie
    September 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm (1 month ago)

    I want all that food to myself

    Reply
  5. Erin
    September 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm (1 month ago)

    I haven’t gotten bold enough for soup. I’ve just started with some of the “messier” foods. It’s been an adventure!

    Reply
  6. Katie
    September 18, 2017 at 9:36 pm (1 month ago)

    Just beginning to homeschool my daughter and while I know I have some more freedom because I make the food right before we eat it, I still get in a rut! Like your ideas 🙂

    Reply
  7. Kristi
    September 19, 2017 at 1:06 am (1 month ago)

    So many great ideas for kids lunches! This fruit cocktail sounds delicious especially with the granola crisp.

    Reply

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