5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Ideas You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

5 Healthy Back to School Lunch Box Ideas You Can Make in 10 Minutes or Less

Now that your kids are back in school, it’s a daily challenge to pack a lunch box for them. But why not make this school year different? We’ve selected 5 healthy lunch box recipes that are not only tasty and nutritious, but also incredibly easy and fast to make! These quick lunch ideas will put a smile on your children’s face and take the stress out of preparing for you. Packing a healthy yet delicious meal doesn’t have to be a bore anymore!

First remember that a nutritiously balanced lunch box for kids should contain:

  • Protein foods such as fish, meat, beans or eggs
  • Starchy food items such as rice, potatoes, pasta or bread
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Dairy items such as yogurt or cheese

Also, make sure to plan ahead. Knowing what ingredients you will need for the following week, preparing them in advance and using leftovers are some of the best ways to save time. The following school lunch box ideas will also help you organise next week’s meal plan for your kids.

1. Green Club Sandwich

This recipe takes sandwiches to another level. The healthy new filling and the double decking bread will excite your kids. It is high on energy and your kids will stay full until dinnertime.

Nutritional value:

  • Kcal: 583
  • Carbs: 53g
  • Protein: 18g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Sugars: 4g
  • Fibre: 12g

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices toasted wholegrain bread
  • 1 sliced avocado (100g)
  • 3 tbsp prepared houmous
  • 8-10 sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful rocket leaves

Method:

First toast the bread and then spread houmous evenly over each slice, but only over one side. Lay half of the avocado, cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves on one slice. Season with pepper (this is optional) and cover it with another slice of the toasted bread. Lay the other half of the avocado, tomatoes and rocket on top of this slice and top it with the third slice.

To complete the lunchbox, add an apple.

2. Tortellini with Broccoli and Pesto

Quick and tasty pasta salad to have your kids looking forward to eating their lunch.

Nutritional value:

  • Kcal. 573
  • Protein: 24g
  • Carbs: 64g
  • Fat: 26g
  • Fibre: 5g
  • Sugars: 8g

Ingredients:

  • 250g fresh tortellini
  • 8 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 140g broccoli (cut into short lengths)
  • 3 tbsp pesto (fresh would be best)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nut

Method:

First boil water in a large pen. Add the broccoli, cooking them for 2 minutes. Then add the tortellini and cook for another 2 minutes. Next drain and rinse gently under cold water until they are cool and place them into a bowl. Toss with the pine nuts, pesto and vinegar. Last add the cherry tomatoes and the salad is ready to be packed into containers. Let it chill to room temperature.

To complete the lunchbox, add a banana.

3. Sesame Stir-fry Wrap

Nutrition per wrap:

  • Kcal: 511
  • Carbs: 32g
  • Fat 32g
  • Sugars: 6g

Ingredients:

  • 1 wholemeal tortilla wrap
  • ½ x 265g pack stir-fry vegetables
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • Lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • ½ tbsp sesame seeds

Method: To form a paste, mix the tahini with the lemon juice and 1 tbsp water. Spread the paste on the base of the tortilla. Scatter over the sesame seeds and the stir-fry vegetables. Roll the wrap up and halve it.

Since you have some time left, we recommend preparing cheese and fruit sticks to complete the lunchbox. It will only take you seconds to do it. Use your kids’ favourite fruits like apples, pears, grapes or strawberries. You will also need firm cheese. To make the sticks, chop your children’s favourite fruit and firm cheese and thread the slices onto skewers or cocktail sticks.

4. Chicken Roll-ups

Nutritional value:

  • Kcal: 428
  • Fat: 22g
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Fibre: 4g
  • Sugars: 2g

Ingredients:

  • 1 tortilla or wrap
  • 3 slices cooked chicken breast
  • 3 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp houmous
  • ¼ sliced avocado
  • Grated cheddar (to make 1 tbsp)

Method:

Spread the houmous onto the middle of the wrap by using a butter knife or a spoon. Slice the chicken into smaller pieces and place it in the middle of the wrap. Put the avocado slices next to it. Next place the cherry tomatoes and sprinkle with cheddar. Roll up the wrap tightly and cut it in half.

As this is so quick to make, you will also have the time to prepare a raspberry banana smoothie to complete your kid’ lunch box. You will need 85g raspberries, 1 chopped banana and 150ml orange juice. Whizz them all together until smooth.

5. Chicken Taco Salad

Nutritional value per serving:

  • Kcal: 421
  • Fat: 20 gr
  • Carbs: 27g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fibre:10g
  • Sugars: 16g

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp low-fat sour cream
  • ¼ tsp olive oil
  • 1 shredded baby gem lettuce
  • 5 halved cherry tomatoes
  • Lime juice (1 lime)
  • ½ chopped avocado
  • 75g cooked chicken (sliced)
  • 1 tsp wine vinegar
  • 50g drained sweetcorn
  • 1 corn taco shell (in pieces)

Method:

First make the dressing by mixing the sour cream, olive oil and vinegar. Put it in the fridge. Then take the lunchbox and put the lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and sweetcorn. Stir the lime juice into the avocado and put it on top. Take the dressing out of the fridge and pack it on the side. To finish, scatter the taco over the salad.

To complete the lunch box, add ¾ cup chopped melon.

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