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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Apr 12, 2018 BY Joy McCarthy

Lunches seem to be the most common meal people struggle with; finding something tasty, healthy and uncomplicated can be a challenge for many. I'm not sure if you find that to be true, but I personally find breakfast and dinner easy to throw together (like this One-pot Paprika Chicken ). But lunches do feel a little more like a chore at times, especially when I'm eyeballs-deep into working on a project.

If you have kids, then not only do you need to think about your lunch, but you've got to sort out their lunch too. Not to mention, finding something they will actually eat! So if you're thinking "what the heck am I going to make my little one for lunch", I hear you loud and clear! This is why I've put together a couple of healthy lunch box ideas of items that Vienna loves (aka toddler-approved).

Whether you've got a toddler, or your household is kid-less, I hope these tips in my video inspire you to eat and enjoy a healthy lunch!

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas For Kids

Vienna started out as an extremely adventurous eater and slowly became pickier. Many people will say to me "how can you say she's picky – she eats olives"! Well, the biggest challenge is getting her to try new foods and have variety in what she eats. I can make the most delicious meal and she won't even try it. 

I realize that a big part of it is her age (she's currently 2.5 years old). Vienna is definitely asserting her opinions and independence through her food choices and sometimes she cannot be reasoned. It doesn't matter that I've made the most amazing BBQ sauce ever. If she decides she doesn't want to taste it, then she won't. I don't push it on her. I have a funny feeling she will grow out of this phase, so I'm not going to worry about it.

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I'm no child psychologist and I speak merely from the experience of being a parent but I believe an important aspect of having your child develop a healthy relationship with food is to keep it fun and stress-free. 

That means if your child is eating pasta for the 6th time this week, don't worry about it! Just keep trying to introduce healthy foods and make sure they taste really good too.

We like to make it even more fun by adding a little love note in her lunch, just like my mom used to do for me (hehe!).

I never force Vienna to eat something and there's no fear mongering about foods either, whether it be gluten or sugar or dairy. Even though we have very little of those three in our house, if we are out at a restaurant and bread is brought to the table, if Vienna wants some, I'm fine with that. I want her to make her own healthy eating decisions and know that she has the smarts to make good choices.

Now let's get to the yummy stuff! Here are the three lunchbox ideas I mentioned and details about what's in them!

Three Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Lunchbox #1

What's inside?

Lunchbox #2

What's inside?

Lunchbox #3

What's inside?

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And one more thing before I go, remember that the single most important thing you can do as a parent to encourage healthy eating is this:

Eat healthy yourself. It's the best thing you can do for your whole family. 

I may sound like a broken record here because I've repeated this many times before in other blog posts and in many interviews, but it's very very true. We've got to be the example as a parent. Children look up to us. We are their whole world (at least when they are young! If you eat like crap, you can't expect your child to eat better than you).

Here's to loving making lunch again! :)

What's your favourite go-to lunch?

This post was created in partnership with Love Child Organics, however all opinions are always my own. Read more about partnership ethos here.

Apr 12, 2018 BY Joy McCarthy
Patricia   •   April 14, 2018

Joy I love your chick pea pancakes for lunch ! With side of yoghurt cucumber dill sauce Or a cold chicken salad with veggies

Rachel Molenda   •   April 16, 2018

Hey Patricia! Yes! Those are so yummy and a perfect breakfast, lunch or dinner :) That sounds perfect! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Amy   •   April 17, 2018

Love the post! Where is that lunch box from? Looking for some good ones as my little girls starts school in the fall. Thanks!

Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2018

Thanks Amy! The lunch box is from Little Lunch Box C. It's on Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Jo-Ann   •   April 17, 2018

Hi there Joy,,,,,,,,,,,,,just wondered what can i use in the muffins instead of eggs or flax pls thxs

Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2018

Hey Jo-Ann! The recipe won't work without eggs or a flax egg. If you can tolerate flax, you can learn how to make a flax egg over here: Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Lisa T.   •   April 17, 2018

This is a great post. I have three little - and sometimes picky - eaters myself! It is always helpful to have a few tested combos in your back pocket. But more importantly - where is that lunch box from?? I have 3 unicorn-obsessed girls :)

Mich S.   •   April 17, 2018

Yes, I'd love to know where the lunch box is from too! 😊

Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2018

It's by Little Lunch Box Co via :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Nicole   •   April 18, 2018

Joy where did you get that cute lavender lunch box from ?

Rachel Molenda   •   April 19, 2018

Hey Nicole! It's by Little Lunch Box Co via :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Aleisha   •   April 19, 2018

Hi Joy, This is such a great post. I am always so stumped when it comes to what to pack for my toddler’s lunch. Was that homemade hummus? Is there a brand of hummus that you would recommend that Vienna likes or do you always make your own? Thanks!

Rachel Molenda   •   April 20, 2018

Hey Aleisha! If Joy doesn't have time to make homemade hummus (recipe here: she will opt for Sunflower Kitchen's hummus which is local to Toronto. I hope that helps! Rachel - Joyous Health Team

Jacqueline   •   May 23, 2018

Hi Joy. I was wondering what lunch box you use for Vienna and where did you purchase it? I feel like you have already answered this question on your site but I can't seem to find it. Thank you in advance!

Joy McCarthy   •   May 24, 2018

Hi Jacequelin!

This is the brand here: They sell them at independent retailers across Toronto and I think sells them too. Hope that helps! I also have a LunchBot that is stainless steel.

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