25 Healthy And Creative Kids Lunch Ideas

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Feeding kids can be so frustrating! Young people and especially toddlers can be very picky eaters, and as parents, we struggle to find healthy lunch recipes that kids will actually eat.

Especially during the summer when the kids are home all the time, we need more lunch ideas to keep them interested. To avoid the temptation of peeling open another Lunchable, I’ve collected a variety of fun lunch ideas for kids.

In this post, you’ll get lots of healthy lunch ideas. From homemade chicken nuggets to bento boxes, I’ve got you covered when it comes to creative kids lunches this summer.


Homemade chicken nuggets on baking sheet. Healthy homemade lunch ideas for kids
Photo Credit: “Best Chicken Nuggets” by The Anthony Kitchen

The #1 lunchtime meal to every child I have ever encountered is chicken nuggets. Kids cannot seem to get enough of these things! And if you’re like me, you are probably cringing every time you hand your kid a plate-full of them.

Well here’s some good news! I used to think that my kids would only eat the processed nuggets that look like a nugget, but I have since learned that shape doesn’t matter to them as much as just receiving a chicken nugget does. You can actually make your own chicken nuggets at home, without all of the processed fillers, and they will still eat it!

Learn more about making your own chicken nuggets at home from The Anthony Kitchen.

Bowl of homemade spaghettios - healthy lunch idea for kids
Photo Credit: “Homemade Spaghetti O’s” by Strength and Sunshine

Are you ready for another homemade lunch for kids idea? How about switching up that can of Spaghetti O’s for a homemade Spaghetti O’s meal! This is another one of those “Wait! I can make that myself?” recipes!

YES! You can make your own Spaghetti O’s for your children and they won’t notice the difference! It will look and taste the same, just without all of that… other… stuff! I’m pretty excited about this one because I too am a sucker for a bowl of tomatoey O’s!

Visit Strength and Sunshine to grab this great recipe.


Bento lunch collage - lunch ideas for kids
Photo Credit: “Bento Lunch Ideas” by Smashed Peas and Carrots

I love Bento lunches for kids because they are perfect for at home or packed lunches. Of course, the BEST thing about them is fresh fruits and vegetables are stars. Even fruits and vegetables from your own garden can really shine in your child’s Bento lunchbox!

If you aren’t sure where to begin with Bento, check out these great lunch ideas from Smashed Peas and Carrots for a little inspiration! She shares a dozen ideas with us for how to incorporate healthy ingredients into your child’s Bento in a fun way!

25 Creative Lunch Ideas for Kids

kids lunches collage

Click on the links below to grab all of the fun recipes and lunch ideas for kids. Each one is kid approved and perfect for lunch at home or away. Don’t forget to leave a comment while you are visiting my blog friends to let them know you found their amazing lunches for kids at You Should Grow!

  1. Homemade Spaghetti O’s by Strength and Sunshine
  2. Hummus Monster Halloween Lunch for Kids by Eating Richly
  3. Bento Lunch Ideas by Smashed Peas and Carrots
  4. Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos by Homemade Interest
  5. Turkey and Cheese Apple Sandwich by Were Parents
  6. Make Your Own Mini PB&J Finger Foods by Must Have Mom
  7. Crunchy Peanut Butter Fruit Wraps by Having Fun Saving
  8. Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas by Eating on a Dime
  9. Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets by Delicious on a Dime
  10. Dinosaur School Lunch by My Three Little Kittens
  11. Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables by Strength and Sunshine
  12. Easy Toddler Lunch for Daycare by The Mom Friend
  13. Turkey and Cheese Kabob by Eating on a Dime
  14. Mickey Mouse Lunch Idea Plus Free Printable by This Ole Mom
  15. Sweetened Berry & Cream Cheese Sandwich by Mom Does Reviews
  16. Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables by Strength and Sunshine
  17. Easy Gluten-Free + Vegan Pizza Bagels by Strength and Sunshine
  18. Microwave Gluten-Free + Vegan Mac & Cheese by Strength and Sunshine
  19. Green Eggs and Ham by Eating Richly
  20. Mini Muffin Corn Dogs by The Anthony Kitchen
  21. Unicorn Toast by Meraki Maker
  22. Easy Doritos Chicken Tenders by Dancing Through the Rain
  23. Snack Quesadillas by Were Parents
  24. Best Chicken Nuggets by The Anthony Kitchen
  25. Peanut Butter Grape Roll-Ups by Having Fun Saving

These homemade dishes are easy to make and sure to please

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