The school year is nearly here and it’s time to shake up your lunchbox routine and include some healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes. Getting going in the morning can be tricky at the best of times. But when you have kids running around it can feel like utter chaos. Trying to get everyone clothed, fed, packed, and off to school. This lack of time means it can be tempting to turn to less than healthy options like pre-packaged foods to fill up our children’s lunchboxes. Whilst we believe ‘everything in moderation’, nothing beats yummy home-baked snacks.
With just a little bit of planning and food prep (either the night before or on the weekend), you can ensure that your child is heading off with healthy lunchbox snacks for school. Here are some great, easy recipes you can make as a family ahead of time. They are all great lunchbox fillers that are not only tasty but nutritious, giving your children the brain fuel they need to make the most of their school day.
Start the school year with these healthy lunchbox ideas
Chocolate chip muesli bars
Muesli bars are a fantastic grab and go option packed full of nutrients. The only catch is that many of the store-bought versions are also loaded with refined sugar, preservatives, and additives.
This recipe swaps out the bad with the good to make this nutrient-dense snack much healthier. The chocolate chips and honey give these healthy bars their sweet taste while the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and chia seeds make them a filling and healthy lunchbox snack.
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Healthy banana bread
Banana bread has always been a lunchbox favourite and is so easy to make from scratch. With all the sugar and preservatives found in pre-packaged, store-bought banana bread, it’s definitely worth taking the time on the weekend to make your own.
This healthy version uses maple syrup which is bursting with antioxidants and nutrients as well as wholemeal flour. If your child doesn’t have a nut allergy, (or your school doesn’t have a nut-free policy) throw in some optional healthy walnuts that are brilliant brain food to keep your child going throughout the school day.
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Strawberry bliss balls
If you’re pressed for time this is the perfect recipe to add a splash of colour and flavour to your child’s lunchbox. The best thing about it is that you probably already have the ingredients in the cupboard at home. So it is an easy snack to throw together on a tight schedule.
This healthy lunchbox idea is great to make in the spring and early summer when you can grab fresh, seasonal punnets of strawberries at a low cost. But if they are out of season you can just as easily make them with frozen strawberries.
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ANZAC biscuits (gluten-free)
If your kids are calling for cookies in their lunchboxes, give them what they want without sacrificing their health. These ANZAC biscuits use pure maple syrup instead of golden syrup, giving you that rich, sweet taste while avoiding refined sugar and adding in some valuable antioxidants and vitamins to fuel your child at school.
This recipe is also completely nut, dairy, and gluten-free. Thanks to the use of coconut oil instead of butter and quinoa instead of oats, which are commonly processed on the same machinery as gluten products. These swaps make this recipe a great allergy-friendly option for the school lunch box that will energise your kid’s mind and body throughout the day while also being absolutely delicious!
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Healthy LCM Bars
One of the biggest struggles when packing lunch for our kids is finding the right balance between healthy, wholesome foods and the occasional treat. When your little ones are calling for prepackaged, processed snacks such as LCM bars, send them to school with this easy substitute instead.
These Healthy Rice Crispy Bars have all the tasty flavour of LCM bars without all the nasty refined sugar and additives. They are super quick and easy to make too. The best part is that this healthy version is also gluten, nut, and dairy free making it suitable for school and those with allergies.
Read the full recipe here.
These healthy lunchbox ideas for school are the perfect addition to any wholesome lunchbox. They are ideal healthy substitutions for any packaged food your kid might be asking for. All of the recipes are filled with nutritious ingredients that will sustain your child’s learning throughout the day. So they won’t have that sugar crash as soon as they get back to class, when they are ready to learn.
For more healthy lunchbox ideas for school, have a look at our Kids Lunchbox Ideas.