Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids

Make these healthy lunchbox fillers and get some inspiration for nutritious snacks with our simple recipes. Kids will be snack happy until dinner time.

Sandwiches, vegetables and wraps in lunch boxes

Make sure your kids are stocked up on healthy nibbles to get them through a full day at school with our tasty nibbles, snacks and wraps that'll do them good. These satisfying munchies are easy to make, lunchbox-friendly and use classic flavour combinations kids will love. Want even more healthy lunch inspiration? Pick your favourite pittas, rolls and wraps and get prepping ahead of time. Learn how to pack a healthy lunch and get more advice on sugar, salt and portion sizes with our easy-to-follow guide. 

Our recipes are packable, snackable and full of nutritious ingredients that are sure to keep little ones satisfied and ready for anything. Find more fabulous kids' recipes for every ocassion in our family hub. 

Healthy sandwiches and wraps

Chicken tortilla rolls in lunchbox
We've got lunch all wrapped up! Our chicken & tzatziki wraps with baby spinach leaves are perfect for a taste of summer. This recipe is so simple, the kids can get involved in chopping the veggies and mixing up the sauce.

Our quick and healthy chicken & avocado rolls are ideal for little lunchboxes and use a grand total of six ingredients. The grated carrot and creamy avocado slices add texture to this super simple lunch. For little veggies, try our carrot & hummus roll-ups. Swap the peppery rocket for spinach if your kids aren't fans. Finally, mini munchers will love these star sarnies with red pesto and cream cheese. 

Even more healthy sandwich options...

Carrot & raisin sandwiches
Green club sandwich

Healthy salads

Sweet potato crisps and chicken salad in box
Who said salads have to be boring? Forget limp leaves and overpowering dressings, try our zesty recipes kids and teenagers alike will love. Combine crunchy corn taco pieces, barbecue chicken, chunks of avocado and lettuce to create our chicken taco salad. This healthy recipe counts as four of your five-a-day and adds a pop of colour to any lunchbox. Make our BLT pasta salad with just a handful of ingredients including fun pasta bows, a smooth creamy dressing and crisp bacon rasher bits. For veggies, try our ratatouille pasta salad that packs in a whopping five of your five-a-day. 

Even more healthy salad recipes...

Our ultimate healthy salad recipe collection

Healthy mini bites

Mini cheese and spinach frittatas in tray
Healthy snacks can be hard to come by. If you're struggling to find wholesome options to bulk up your child's lunch, try these mini marvels. Everything's cuter in miniature, including our munchable spinach & cottage cheese frittatas. These little omelette bites were built for lunchboxes. Add in a fruitburst muffin for something sweet that still packs in plenty of nutritional benefits. It can be tricky to find healthy fruity snacks so why not try a frozen fruit pot? Ditch the skewers and pack up a Tupperware box of frozen grapes, mango, melon, strawberries and any other fruit your kids enjoy. They'll thaw by lunchtime but will still be fresh and chilled. 

Even more healthy inspiration...

Top 5 healthy snacks for kids

Healthy dips

Avocado hummus in dish with vegetables
Fresh, crunchy veg sticks make a simple and colourful lunch option. Hummus is a super easy storecupboard option you can whizz up in a blender in a flash. Try our moreish peanut hummus, just leave out the smoked paprika for children. Pack up a little pot of creamy avocado hummus with sweet red and yellow peppers and strips of pitta bread for a speedy snack you can make in minutes. Put together these five-minute pitta pockets for a quick fix if you're pressed for time. They're budget friendly and simple enough for the kids to put together. 

Even more healthy dips...

Lemon & coriander hummus
Chickpea & red pepper dip
Pepper & walnut hummus with veggie dippers

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What's your favourite healthy lunchbox fix? Leave a comment below...




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Shobee Gee's picture
Shobee Gee
28th May, 2020
@ Mercedes My kids are 24 and 27 respectively, and make healthy choices, because they were taught that what they consume will have an effect on their health and how they view themselves. They were not denied "crap", rather it was all in moderation. Today, they are better for it. These articles are extremely important not only to help parents battle obesity in children, but also to assist parents who may be dealing with children who are trying to "loose weight" or get to size "0" because of peer pressure. Anorexia and bulimia are real conditions children face. My 24 year old told me yesterday he needs to get back in shape (nothing wrong with him he is feeling sluggish and he is in good shape just needs to get out and exercise. His work is physical but obviously it is not enough). I am just about to send this article to him to help him get back on track. This is him making the right choices. Lets give BBC a pat on the back as opposed to criticizing. There is no need for it. If this article does not help you then, ignore it.
6th Jan, 2020
A lot of good ideas, thank you. Remember, no nuts in schools! No peanuts, no walnuts etc...
MERCEDES's picture
26th Aug, 2018
Good luck with that! This article is completely out of touch with actual reality. Fact of the matter is that children's diets today are extremely poor. I suggest weaning them off from all the deep-fried and other processed food, before even thinking about what this article is suggesting. It's a generation lost in terms of following a proper diet. And please don't reply by saying things like "oh they are merely suggestions, no harm in that".
3rd Jan, 2019
We are a health conscious family and I come to BBC good food to look for healthy snack/meal ideas for my family. There are plenty unhealthy recipes out there so I appreciate it when I can find legit healthy ones. So, you are right that most kids may not eat this stuff but because my kids were introduced to healthy foods at a young age, they gobble this stuff up! Also, I do want to add that my daughter has a good amount of friends who also eat pretty darn healthy. It's not uncommon to find a kid at her school eating mashed sweet potatoes from his/her lunchbox! This may not be the norm but it is all about how the parent's approach things - if you don't feed them crap, they won't eat crap.
Ben Crompton's picture
Ben Crompton
26th Aug, 2018
Fully agree that your average child's diet is poor these days. But there's nothing wrong with an idealistic article like this when it is crammed with links and suggestions that could help parents start to make a change in their child's diet. So no, there is no harm in that.
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