Lunch Ideas Kids Can Make Themselves

(With a little help from mom and dad!)

Lunch Ideas for KidsThe lazy days of summer are behind us and it’s time to think about the hustle and bustle that comes with getting kids out the door to school every morning. Preparing lunch for your children each day is only one thing on a long list of chores to get done, so why not hand this one off? If you involve your children in preparing a healthy lunch for themselves, chances are they’ll be more likely to actually eat it.

Here are 5 ideas for simple yet tasty lunches that kids can make. Just be sure that an adult assistant is on hand to help out when using knives or the oven.


Fruit Salad

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 peaches, sliced
  • 3 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 pint strawberries, washed and halved
  • 1 cup blueberries, washed
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

How to Make It:

  1. Toss all the fruit together in a big bowl with the pineapple juice.
  2. You can adapt this salad to your own tastes by substituting any of the ingredients with fruits of your choosing.

Turkey Wrap

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Small whole wheat flour tortillas
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sliced turkey
  • Chopped tomato
  • Lettuce

How to Make It:

  1. Place the tortilla on a flat surface and spread with thin layer of mayonnaise.
  2. Layer sliced turkey on top and top with chopped tomatoes and lettuce. Roll up tortilla.

Veggies & Dip

This Curry Dip isn’t too spicy and is always a big hit when I make it. I just gave some examples of veggies that go well with this dip, but you can use your favorites. I love this recipe because it uses items you usually already have in the cupboard.

How To Make Curry Dip:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped green onion
  • Pinch of salt

How to Make Vegetables:

  • broccoli spears
  • cauliflower spears
  • celery sticks
  • carrot sticks
  • sliced green and red pepper
  • sliced cucumber
  • sliced tomatoes

How to Make It:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and let sit from anywhere from two hours to up to two days.
  2. Served with fresh veggies.

Pita Pizzas

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pitas
  • Pizza sauce
  • Low fat mozzarella, grated
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Selection of fresh vegetables: chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, chopped red or green pepper, broccoli florets, sliced mushrooms
  • Fresh basil

How to Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°. Arrange pitas on a large baking sheet.
  2. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on each pita.
  3. Add a sprinkling of grated mozzarella.
  4. Top with your favorite veggies. Bake for 10 minutes.

Homemade Snack Mix

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 package Shreddies or Chex Cereal
  • 1 package Cheerios
  • 1 package cheese sticks
  • 1 bag stick pretzels
  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoon seasoning salt
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

How to Make It: 

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Place Shreddies, Cheerios, cheese sticks and pretzels in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Mix oil and Worcestershire Sauce. Slowly drizzle oil over cereal mix, tossing as you go to ensure mix is evenly coated. Toss with garlic salt and seasoning salt.
  3. Spread mix on a couple of foil-lined baking sheets and bake for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove mixture from oven, allow it to cool, and store in an airtight container.

About The Author

Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

3 Responses to Lunch Ideas Kids Can Make Themselves

  1. jmomm says:

    What are shreddies?

  2. joan1946 says:

    I have never had curry dip but it sounds interesting. I like sweet but this just might have a little kick to it. Thanks for the list of ingredients.

  3. shayna says:

    i love it