Packing a nutritious and appealing lunch for kids can be a challenge for parents. It’s important to provide them with a variety of healthy foods to help fuel their bodies and minds throughout the day.
Cold lunches are a great option for school, picnics, and outings as they don’t require any heating or cooling equipment and can be easily packed and transported. In this article, we’ll explore some delicious and easy cold lunch ideas that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
From sandwiches and wraps to salads and snacks, there are plenty of options when it comes to packing a cold lunch for your child. With a little creativity and preparation, you can provide your child with a balanced and nutritious meal that they’ll love.
So, whether you’re looking for new ideas to mix up their lunch routine or need some inspiration for the week ahead, we’ve got you covered with these tasty and healthy cold lunch ideas for kids.
Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Sandwich
This turkey cranberry cream cheese sandwich is easy to make, and packed with healthy protein and some greens. Perfect for a school lunch box!
Protein Snack Pack - Easy Lunch Meal Prep
Protein Snack Packs filled with hard-boiled eggs, almonds, hummus, and crunchy veggies. An easy and delicious lunchtime meal-prep solution perfect for any protein lover, these fantastic little protein snack packs are perfect for school lunches, post-workout snacks, or picnics in the park.
Pesto Orzo Salad
This pesto orzo salad is full of flavor, healthy veggies and is easy to pack up for a school lunch box.
Tuna Wrap with Hummus and Veggies
Skip the mayo. These tuna wraps call for creamy, nutritious hummus and are packed with veggies for a deliciously healthy lunch option.
Turkey Club Sliders
Turkey club sliders take a cold turkey sandwich to a whole new level!
Rotisserie Chicken Salad
This rotisserie chicken salad recipe is simple to make and kid-friendly!
This paneer sandwich doubles up for a nutritious and filling lunch that is also high protein and tasty. Kids love it. Perfect for lunch boxes
Kids Lunchbox Pasta Salad With Chicken
Add some fun to your kid's lunch box and skip the sandwiches with this delicious, easy pasta salad that kids LOVE!
Dill Pickle Tuna Salad
Made with crunchy dill pickles, creamy mayo and tangy mustard, this Dill Pickle Tuna Salad makes the BEST cold tuna sandwiches!
Vegan BLT Tempeh Sandwich
Don’t you love a crisp sandwich with a smoky kick mixed with the smooth, nutty taste of avocado? Then you are going to enjoy this drool-worthy Vegan Tempeh BLT Sandwich. It’s a whole lot healthier than your traditional BLT, but you’re guaranteed to be just as satisfied after your plate is polished off.
Vegan Wraps with Hummus
Make this delicious vegan wrap recipe and eat the rainbow! This effortless hummus veggie wrap takes just minutes to make, is bright, fresh, and tasty, and packed with fiber, plant protein, and other essential nutrients.
Vegan Pizza Rolls
Make these the night before and send them in your kid’s lunchbox the next day! They’re delicious cold, room temp, or warm!
PB&J Pinwheel Sandwich Kabobs
Classic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are reinvented as easy roll-ups, then skewered together with gorgeous fresh fruit. A creative school lunch box recipe they’ll love (with allergy-friendly, nut-free suggestions, too)!
Easy Hawaiian Pasta Salad
Hawaiian Pasta Salad is sooooo quick, easy and inexpensive to make. It’s the perfect way to enjoy a taste of the tropics all year long.
Ranch Cream Cheese Ham Roll Ups
Ham Roll Ups will be your favorite back to school lunch solution! Super quick and easy to make, these tasty ranch ham and cream cheese roll ups are totally kid-approved.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps
A good lunch is filling, flavorful, and easy to make. And this Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap checks all of the boxes. Enjoy a healthy and refreshing family favorite lunch that’s economical and simple to make using leftover chicken.
Cheese and Meat Lunch Kabobs – Kid Friendly
Easy Cheese and Meat Charcuterie Skewers are perfect for lunch or even snacking. Great way to get kids in the kitchen to help.
Hummus Mashed Chickpea Sandwiches
Mashed chickpea sandwiches with hummus spread, avocado, red onion, mixed greens, and tomato make for a delicious well-balanced plant-based lunch.