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Daunted by the idea of planning days out with the little ones? Give yourself a head start by checking out our top five packed lunch ideas for kids, a sure-fire way to ensure you day runs smoothly. Whether you’re popping to the park with friends or heading to the beach for a few sunny days away, you’ll seem like a total pro with these easy-to-prepare packed lunch ideas.

Cater for Everybody: Vegan Lunch Ideas

When you think of a kid’s lunch box, you probably think of a couple of plain sandwiches and some fruit, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be like that! Really shake things up, save money and get the kids eating some proper veggies – perfect for vegans or those with specific dietary requirements.  

Mason Jar ‘Rainbow’ Lunch

A rainbow lunch is essentially any veggies or fillers you may have in the fridge layered up into a jar or container. The popping, vibrant colours will distract fussy eaters from the fact that they are eating fresh, healthy food, perfect for the summer. Our Veggie Rice Bowls would work as the ideal base if you’re looking for vegan lunch ideas.

Easy Lunch Ideas for All Ages

If it’s easy lunch ideas you’re after, then these will be right up your street. Ready to be filled with whichever delicious fillings might take your fancy, these have got to be one of the simplest packed lunch ideas for kids (and adults!).

Stuffed Pitta Packed Lunch

Fill up your pitta pockets for the big kids to munch on or slice them ready for little ones to dip into some hummus or tzatziki. If you’re gluten-free, then why not try our flourless ‘Cloud Bread’ recipe and adapt your stuffed sandwich that way?

Lunch for Little Ones: Kid’s Lunch Box Ideas

Make lunch fun for little ones – the perfect twist on picnic food for a day out exploring. This is one of those healthy packed lunch ideas that you’ll come back to time and time again. Easy to prepare the night before, or even better – get the kids to help! Easy lunch ideas don’t get better than this.

Cookie Cutter Picnic

Grab your cookie cutters to jazz up classic lunch box items such as sandwiches, cheese, ham or cucumber and pop them into your kid’s lunch box. They can stack their star-shaped cheese and ham with crackers, or munch on bitesize love heart jam sandwiches.

Perfectly Prepared: Packed Lunch Ideas

If you’re after easy packed lunch ideas to make you feel like a picnic packing pro, then look no further! This one is a great use of leftovers, which also means you’re not wasting any time that could be spent exploring.

Summery Pasta Salad

Had enough of bread? Then a pasta salad might be right up your street. This is a great way of introducing new vegetables to kids while keeping things light and summery. Or you could make our Red Pesto Chicken Pasta and take the leftovers out with you (if there are any!).

A Taste of Summer: Healthy Packed Lunch Ideas

Make the most of the summer months with delicious seasonal food. Just because you’re out for the day shouldn’t mean you have to resort to fast, unhealthy and expensive food. Keep the kids fuelled for the day with healthy lunch box snacks.

Refreshing Fruit Salad

A staple when it comes to picnics is a classic fruit salad – the easiest thing ever to prepare and a great way of getting kids to eat their five-a-day. Chop up whatever fruit you might have and chuck it into a container and you’re ready to go! The perfect mid-morning snack, or after lunch treat, to keep the kids going on a jam-packed day out.


Pick Up Your Packed Lunch Ingredients From SPAR

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