There's nothing easy about putting together a lunch that keeps your kid happy and simultaneously satisfies your desire to feed them something healthy and nutritious. Healthful meal options have all the makings that will immediately be off-putting to the younger crowd—a complicated execution, mystery ingredients, and a hefty serving of greens. But if you're looking for healthy, crowd-pleasing, and low-prep kid lunches, there are recipes that serve that exact purpose. Straightforward, grown-up takes on some of our favorite childhood lunch staples make for healthier adaptations that still satisfy.
From grilled cheese sandwiches loaded up with broccoli to creamy mac and cheese with a serving of spinach, the following recipes are just as wholesome as they are kid-approved.
Keep scrolling for six low-prep kid lunches your little ones will be excited to eat.
Veggie Pita Sandwiches With Avocado Hummus
Whole wheat pita
Ground black pepper and salt
Blend chickpeas, avocado, lemon juice, garlic cloves, pepper, and salt in a food processor or blender until avocado hummus is smooth.
Spread each pita half with two generous tablespoons of avocado hummus. Stuff pita with cucumber slices, tomato slices, and alfalfa sprouts.
10-Minute Huevos Rancheros Tostadas
Cook beans, and fry four eggs. Top each tostada tortilla with lettuce, refried beans, fried egg, avocado slides, tomatoes, and queso fresco.
Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Italian dressing mix
Manually blend the cream cheese and Italian dressing mix in a small bowl.
Spread cream cheese mixture onto each pita, and then top with sliced cucumbers and spices to taste.
Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks
Egg whites, beaten
Panko bread crumbs
Sea salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450°F, and lay a wire rack on a baking sheet, and spray with nonstick spray.
Cut the tilapia into four sticks, and then season with salt and pepper.
Mix together panko, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese.
Dip each fish stick into the egg whites, and then press into panko mixture until fully covered. Lay on wire rack, and spritz with olive oil.
Creamy Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese
Plain Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
Cook the elbow past until al dente.
Place spinach leaves in the bottom of a strainer, and pour pasta over to drain and wilt the spinach. Save a half cup of the pasta water. Add cooked pasta and spinach to a pot.
Return pasta water to the pot, stirring in cheese until melted, followed by greek yogurt, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.
Roasted Broccoli Grilled Cheese
Freshly cracked black pepper and salt
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Mix broccoli, olive oil, salt, and pepper on a sheet pan, and then roast for 10 minutes.
Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread, and then layer unbuttered side with cheese, chopped broccoli, and more cheese on top, and finish with the other side of bread. Heat skillet on medium-low heat.
For the full recipe, head over to Two Peas and Their Pod.