10 Vegan Lunchbox Ideas for Kids


Cooper is back at school so I'm back in full-on planning lunch mode that’s why I've partnered with Flora to create a five day dairy-free lunchbox plan. Scroll down for tips and a weekly lunchbox menu.

You may be thinking why not school lunches or dinners as they are sometimes called? It's true they're free here in Scotland for Primary 1-3 children, but there isn't much in the way of choice.  Here is an example. You will see there is one vegetarian meal a day and it is rarely vegan. The other children have lots of choice.


EXAMPLE OF A SCHOOL LUNCH MENU




So as a veggie child he has one option a day and if he doesn't like it tough. He'll eat pasta, baked potato or veggie burger but he doesn't like most of the other dishes (don't tell anyone, but I wouldn't want to eat some of them either), so it's packed lunches most days.

Packed Lunches



1. Plan ahead


It really helps to plan ahead. Make a list of lunch ideas and stock up at the weekend. There can be an overlap, but try to add something different every day as it keeps them from getting bored. Let's face it none of us want to eat the same lunch every day.

2. Presentation


Presentation helps too, so stock up on fun lunchboxes, colourful paper napkins, a variety of tubs, bento picks and cookie cutters for cutting sandwiches into interesting shapes.


3. Yumbox


I also love a Yumbox. They are lunchboxes with lots of little compartments. They seal tight so you can add dips or yoghurt to one of the compartments and it doesn't leak. They are pricey, but we use them a lot, not just for Cooper, but our lunches too. The best part is they go in the dishwasher. BOO YAH! 

And no I'm not working with them, I just love the product. Have a google search and see if there is a voucher code before you buy.

Here are my top tips to help you create that perfect, healthy lunchbox.





10 Helpful Lunchbox Ideas


  1. Create each lunchbox around a main, a snack, fruit and veg. The snack can be healthy too. For the snack think breadsticks, flapjacks, banana bread or dried fruit.
  2. Use different cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into interesting shapes.
  3. Vary your sandwiches, don't just use bread, try changing things up with wraps, bagels, pitta bread and rolls.
  4. Include fruit and vegetables, cut them into sticks or bite-sized pieces.
  5. Crunchy veg is more fun with a dip. Add a little tub of nut butter or hummus to their lunchbox.
  6. Add extra veg by finely grating carrots, courgette or beetroot and mix it into spreads, dips and sauces.
  7. Let them suggest some of the things that will go into their lunchboxes. Give them a few options to choose from.
  8. Cook extra pasta, vegan sausages or pizza when you make the evening meal to add to their lunchbox and save yourself some time in the morning..
  9. Don't add more than one treat, they will eat those first and leave everything else (believe me they'll be in a rush to run outside to play). I have learned this the hard way. And don't give them too much, remember they have little tummies. Giving them too much is off-putting for them and ultimately disappointing for us as they WILL leave lots.
  10. Add some kitchen paper or a paper napkin so they can wipe their hands or mop up spills.

A Weekly Lunch Box Menu


MONDAY




  1. Pasta mixed with dairy free pesto, cucumber, sweetcorn and cherry tomatoes
  2. Cucumber sticks
  3. Carrot sticks
  4. Strawberries
  5. Pretzels

TUESDAY




  1. Houmous and grated carrot sandwiches
  2. Cucumber sticks
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Mini breadsticks
  5. Blueberries

WEDNESDAY






  1. Cooked vegan sausages, cut into chunks ( we like Linda McCartney Sausages, which are vegan)
  2. Olives
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Bread spread with dairy free spread
  5. Pretzels
  6. Blueberries
  7. Nectarine

THURSDAY




  1. Falafel
  2. Hummus
  3. Carrot sticks
  4. Cherry tomatoes
  5. Breadsticks
  6. Strawberries
  7. Homemade Flapjacks

FRIDAY



  1. Pinwheel jam sandwiches (mini wraps spread with dairy free spread & jam, rolled and cut)
  2. Cucumber sticks
  3. Carrot sticks
  4. Oatcakes
  5. Strawberries
  6. Dairy free yogurt with sprinkles

SANDWICH OF THE WEEK




My favourite sandwich right now is this falafel and apple sandwich.



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Flora. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

22 comments

  1. I love all these vegan options, they look super tasty and very well balanced :)

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  2. Your lunch ideas are amazing! I shall pink the carrot and hummus idea for us:-)

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  3. There are some fantastic ideas in here! My kids would love each and every one of these lunch box ideas! :)

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  4. I particularly like the tip to vary the bread by using wraps and bagels etc. Si easy to get in a regular bread rut!

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    1. Yes that happens to a lot of us, but there are a lot of options and it does make a difference.

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  5. You put me to shame, Jac. My kids have school lunches. Perhaps when my youngest's free meals run out I'll get my ass in gear. Wonderful ideas!

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    1. I just wish Cooper liked school lunches more, but the veggie option is that, one option.It's not like if he doesn't like it he can choose something else. Oh well.

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  6. These are all fab ideas Jac. We've started the boys on packed lunches this term and it's going well so far. I've got myself into organised mode and drawn up a two week menu plan so I can have all the ingredients to hand and make sure I have a balanced and varied menu. They're really enjoying it so far, especially the days I pack them off with a flask of hot cheesy pasta!!!!

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    1. Thanks Katie, I'm just catching up. Well done you that is impressive. I don't quite trust Cooper with a flask of hot food. Oh the mess he could get in. Maybe next year. You should publish your meal plan.

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  7. A really good set of ideas, thanks Jac - I'm a bit guilty of chucking in The Usual after 16 years of school packed lunches!

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    1. Hehe, oh well as long as they are happy and it fills tummies.

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  8. I love all your ideas and certainly one about sneaking veggies into spreads.

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    1. Thanks Nayna you do what you have too. #sneakymum

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  9. What a great selection of ideas Jac! So easy to get stuck in the rut of a sandwich and an apple. My little boy started School this week - afternoons only at the moment but will bookmark for next year when he will be staying for lunch!

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    1. Oh it's an exciting time Kate. I bet you can't believe he is old enough to go to school already.

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  10. Great ideas here - makes me want to get my lunch box out!!

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  11. Some GREAT ideas here, and by the way, I tagged you yesterday to say you are featured in my latest RD post with a vegan packed lunch idea! Karen

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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