Easy Lunch Ideas Kids Will Actually Eat!

This school year, I’ve been on the hunt for Easy lunch ideas kids will actually eat. My son gets tired of the same old sandwich day after day, so I wanted to do something more fun that still gives him the nutrients that he needs.

We’ve partnered with our sponsor,  Van’s Foods to bring you these “out of the lunchbox” ideas. It’s so easy to swap out traditional grains — bread, taco shells, etc. — with their wholesome waffles.

Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas
So many fun ideas!

Why we Love Van’s Food

The Van’s Waffles lineup includes flavors packed with whole grains, organic varieties, and gluten-free options.

Vans Waffles Varieties
So many choices!

We used these three of their products to create these fun recipes:  Van’s Whole Grain Minis, Van’s Gluten-Free, and Van’s Power Grains <—10g of protein per serving!

Waffle Lunchbox Notes
Add fun with the printables!

Healthy Lunch Ideas Kids Will Actually Eat!

The idea here is to take meals that kids love and create a fun lunchbox version. Pack it full of fruits and veggies and add a cute lunchbox note for a meal they can’t wait to open.

Waffle Lunch Notes
Fun designs for the lunchbox!

We designed these adorable waffle lunch notes that you can print off and put in your child’s lunchbox.

Download and print:  Waffle Lunch Notes

They’re sure to bring a smile to your child’s face!

Waffle Taco Bar Recipe

What kid doesn’t love a great taco?

We used Van’s Waffles to create yummy taco shells and added some healthy ingredients for a waffle taco bar lunch treat.

Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas
Fun lunchbox!

Here’s what you need to make a lunchbox Waffle Taco Bar:

  • Van’s  Power Grains Totally Original Waffles
  • Muffin tin
  • Seasoned and cooked ground turkey
  • Cotija cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Thaw frozen waffles, then fold and place between the containers of an upside-down muffin tin to create a “taco shell” shape. Bake for 5 minutes until firm.

Package with ground turkey, cheese, and tomatoes. Sides include guacamole and baby carrots.

Triple-Decker Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

A take on Elvis’ favorite meal. This giant sandwich isn’t your traditional lunchtime meal.

Peanut Butter Banana Waffle Sandwich Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas
Tangy and sweet!

Here’s what you need to make this Triple-Decker Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich:

  • Van‘s Gluten Free Totally Original  Waffles (toasted)
  • Bananas (sliced)
  • Honey
  • Peanut butter

Spread peanut butter onto one side of a waffle, then top with bananas. Drizzle honey over the top of the bananas. Repeat for the second layer. Serve with raw almonds and grapes.

Mini Chicken and Waffles Skewers

Yummy chicken nuggets and mini waffles create a fun lunch layered on popsicle sticks.

Mini Chicken and Waffles Healthy Kids Lunchbox Ideas
What a healthy lunchbox!

Here’s what you need to make Mini Chicken and Waffles Skewers:

  • Van‘s Minis Totally Original Waffles (toasted)
  • Your favorite chicken nuggets
  • Popsicle sticks

Slide the waffles and nuggets onto popsicle sticks, alternating.

Sides include apple slices and Greek yogurt sweetened with maple syrup. Yum!

What’s your favorite way to eat waffles?

Check out Van’s website for more waffles and recipe ideas – I promise they have some you haven’t even heard of!  What I love is they can so simply be incorporated into foods your kids already love.

A big thanks to Van’s for sponsoring this post.  All opinions expressed are our own.