kid approved healthy lunchbox ideas with real food {free printable cookbook}

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Nothing can vet the real life approval of what goes into (and eaten!) in a kids lunchbox, than them sharing their favorite healthy lunchbox ideas. Last year our girl scout troop completed their cooking badge where each girl prepared and shared their recipes for an easy, healthy snack or main dish they enjoy. I compiled all their recipes and snack ideas (15 in total) into a printable, PDF, cookbookette for the troop and made one specifically to share with all of you which is available free when you subscribe to our mailing list.

Making my kids lunches has been one of my least favorite tasks at times. When they were little, I used to LOVE it! I’d be Pinteresting up cute bento box ideas, had cookie cutters in a variety of shapes, and they loved it! I also quite enjoyed the compliments from teachers on how cute (and healthy) their lunches were.

They’re 10 and 12 now and it’s a different story. They now have food preferences of their own, and aren’t afraid to share them. So when the girls got together it was a wonderfully positive peer-pressure experience where they got inspired to try new healthy lunchbox ideas. Since then, many have made it into our own lunchbox repertoire.

Most of the recipes and snack ideas are ones kids 10 and up can prepare independently. A few require some oversight or instruction for using the oven or stove, but these are critical life skills. It’s important for them to gain confidence in the kitchen from an early age so the fear of sharp objects and heat is vanquished, and they can unleash infinite creativity in the kitchen as they become adults.

It’s nice to be reminded, real food doesn’t have to be complicated. Kids value simplicity, especially as taste buds develop. If you’re looking for a total makeover or just some healthy lunchbox ideas. You’ll find something to pique your kids interest in our cookbookette, ‘Pint-Size Lunchbox Love’.

Share it with your kids and let them choose an idea or two they’d like to prepare. Help them shop for it while honing their budgeting skills, and let them loose in the kitchen, helping only as needed or safety requires. Click the subscribe button to join our mailing list and download today.

Healthy Global Snack Ideas

Another way to switch up your healthy lunchbox ideas is with expanding their palette to flavors around the world with these no prep snacks such as:

It’s never too late to add some variety to your kids lunch boxes. Don’t miss out on these kid-approved, healthy lunchbox ideas and subscribe today!

If you’re interested in some dinnertime inspiration, check out this family favorite skinny greek chicken gyros recipe or a weeknight meal plan featuring comfort food dinners under 500 calories.



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