15 Healthy Toddler Lunchbox Ideas for Preschool (no reheating required)
Don’t you just get stumped sometimes with what your preschooler should bring for lunch?
To help you out, we’ve collected 15 easy (and most importantly!) healthy lunch ideas you and your kids can try out or get inspiration from. What’s more is that these lunch food are great even at room temp. Let us know which one becomes your preschooler’s favorite!
1) Lunchables from home
A homemade take on the store-bought variety is as easy as 1-2-3. Just cut up some ham or turkey and cheese, then add crackers and some fruit. You can switch up the protein and use hard-boiled eggs or pretzels with peanut butter.
2) Pesto Pasta Salad
Toss some pasta in store-bought or homemade pesto sauce, add halved cherry tomatoes, some shredded chicken or cheese and an easy-to-eat veggie like thawed peas. Add your kid’s favorite fruit on the side.
3) Egg and Cheese Mini Muffins
The delectable favorite is good at room temperature and work well when made ahead. Tuck in some veggie like chopped spinach inside. Pair one or two with some slices of fruit.
4. Healthy Wraps
One of the most versatile food items out there for your toddler! You can create magic with a soft flour tortilla. Add some peanut butter, honey, and cut-up bananas for a sweet wrap OR a serving of scrambled eggs with cheese for a savory one. The beauty of a wrap is you can add your child’s favorite food and make the wrap with them as well.
Roll-ups are kind of like wraps, just cut up. The one featured here is turkey bacon ranch with low fat cream cheese, chopped onions, and bell peppers. Just like the wraps, you can customize the filling so it suits your child’s preference. Put some halved cherry tomatoes and cut-up fruits like grapes or strawberries alongside.
6. BLT half
Just as the name says, this lunch box idea is only half of the usual sandwich favorite. Using whole-wheat bread and just a bit of mayo makes the sandwich so much healthier.
7. Yogurt Parfait
Another yummy, healthy, and easy-to-make idea is to layer yogurt, crushed cereal and 1/4 cup of your child’s favorite fruit in a small plastic cup with a cover. Or, you can deconstruct the parfait like in the Bento box below.
8. Heart-Shaped PB & J
You can really make the sandwich in any fun shape with the help of a cookie cutter. Use whole-wheat bread for a healthy take on the traditional fave. Add some baby carrots and bananas in the container topped off with silly sticker.
9. Fruit Kabob
A fun kid-friendly version for your toddler. Just remember to cut off the pointy end. For variety in taste, add some cheese cut into cubes and rolled up turkey meat in between the pieces of fruit.
10. Rice Balls
Cook some short-grain rice. Combine with cooked mixed vegetables and roll into 1-inch balls. Pack with a handful of pineapple and raisins on the side.
11. Garden-Inspired Bento
Roll up some ham and place them side up in a bento box so that they look like roses. Add some decorative leaves and pretty dividers filled with a variety of veggies and fruits for color.
12. A Bento of Vehicles
Make a print on fruits like watermelons or cantaloupe with food stamps. Draw the outline of a car or bus on a sandwich. Cut out shapes from bell peppers and create a ship!
13. Egg Salad and Corn
Mix some scrambled eggs with Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper, then spread on whole-wheat bread. Cut into bite-sized squares. Mix some raw veggies like carrots, sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, and canned chickpeas in a container and place 1/4 of a corn on a cob on the side. For dessert, add a container of your toddler’s favorite fruit, cut into cubes.
14. DIY Pizza Lunch Box
Put a little pita bread in a lunch box. Add a small container of pizza sauce, a container of shredded cheese, and sliced veggies. Enjoy how happy your child will be while they tell you how they made their own pizza at school.
15. Leftover Chicken Salad
If you had rotisserie chicken for a weeknight dinner, transform the leftovers into a tasty salad for everyone’s lunch box the following day. Shred the leftover chicken meat and mix with halved grapes, chopped celery stalk and cubed small red apples. Add some non-fat Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise a healthy lunch. You can also put in some animal-shaped crackers for your toddler to enjoy.