Don’t fret over what’s for lunch, you’ll have 7 days of healthy lunches right here! Super easy, fun and delicious summer menu for the kids.
Sometimes you just can’t think of another lunch idea for the kids. Maybe you’ve made five lunches a week for the last ten months and you’re just blank. Could be that you don’t know what to make anymore, because nothing is deemed healthy! Or so you have heard.
Kids lunches don’t have to be a quinoa salad or avocado toast, to be healthy. If your child will eat that, I am so happy for you! If not, keep trying. My own, will eat guacamole on corn chips or in a wrap but still haven’t acquired a taste for quinoa. That’s something I am working on, and as they say, it does take at least ten times before a child will accept a new food. Patience right?
If you are hesitant to feed your kids typical “kid type food” then don’t be. I’ll go through the seven-day menu with you and you’ll see that the meals are all kid friendly, realistic and without the processed stuff.
A note about this menu: we have milk with our meals. That’s personal choice, you may opt for water or non dairy drink. I really don’t recommend juice or sugary drinks. Each lunch is accompanied by a serving of fruit and veggies.
Lunch 1: Healthy Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese sandwiches can be healthy with the right ingredients. Depending on the age of your child, this may be a half sandwich or a whole one. Here’s how to make the sandwich healthy: start with whole grain bread, don’t use a lot of butter, if you need some, ok but if you have a non stick pan, that’s great! Use it, without the butter. Next thing is to leave the processed cheese off this sandwich. Grate your own cheese or buy real cheddar slices (not the ones that are wrapped in plastic). Served with: garden salad, fresh strawberries and a glass of milk.
Lunch 2: Veggie Pita
Yum, pita’s stuffed with veggies! Fill that whole grain pita up with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Then top it off with a scoop of hummus. Served with a some cubed cheese and you have a perfectly balanced meal for your littles. You can buy the small pitas that are a nice size for kids and if not, cut one in half and fill it. Served with: peaches and a glass of milk.
Lunch 3: Egg Salad Muffin
A toasted whole grain English muffin topped with egg salad. How you make the egg salad is up to you. Some like eggs mashed with avocado, some like it with a little mayo. My son loved it dry, nothing at all on it. Served with: cucumber slices, fresh blueberries and a glass of milk.
Lunch 4: Veggie Soup with Celery Stuffed Chicken Salad
We love soup here and I serve it once a week or more. Choose a simple vegetable soup, that you make from scratch or buy (keep the ingredient list in mind when choosing). Served with celery sticks stuffed with chicken salad, yummy! Served with: orange slices and a glass of milk.
Lunch 5: Mini Tuna Sub
Fish is so good for kids and sometimes they aren’t keen on eating it. When you serve it like a fast food item, they warm up to it. Using a whole grain mini sub bun or any type of bun, fill it with tuna salad, lettuce and whatever veggies your kids like. Served with: cherry tomatoes, grapes and a glass of milk.
Lunch 6: Mac and Cheese (10 minute recipe)
Forget the boxed kind and make your own macaroni and cheese. This is the easiest meal ever when you use my stove top method. Whole grain macaroni, real cheddar and milk is all you’ll need, and about 8 to 10 minutes. Served with: red pepper slices, apple slices and milk.
Lunch 7: Mini Chicken Wrap
Wrap chicken (leftovers or rotisserie but make sure it’s real) in a small whole grain wrap with lettuce and a spoon of grated cheese. Served with: celery sticks, banana slices and a glass of milk.
Here’s a good idea of how a kids plate should look at every meal:
I have created this fun and colorful PDF 7 day menu plan, so you can print it off and hang it on your fridge. If you rather, you can pull it up on your tablet, phone or laptop for reference.