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50 of the BEST Kid’s Snack and Lunch Ideas!

50 of the BEST kids’ snack and lunch ideas…fun and healthy food choices to get kids excited about eating!

Fun and Healthy Foods for Kids

Growing up I remember feeling starved after a long day of school. I also remember feeling pure joy and excitement when I saw an afternoon snack waiting for me on the table! It gave me the energy I needed to finish my homework and kept my tummy full until dinner.

I have countless memories of finding a sweet treat in my lunch from my mother. She made things special for me and because of that, I felt so loved. School lunches don’t have to be expensive to be fun. Below are some school lunch ideas that kids can get excited about!

Snack Ideas for Kids

Here are some healthy and fun ideas that don’t take long to whip up and are delicious. Get ready to be the cool parent on the block when your kiddos see these yummy snacks!

Ants on a Log

A classic afternoon snack that kids love and is healthy. Anyone would have fun making this one!

I Heart Naptime

Ants on a Log via I Heart Naptime

Homemade Popsicles

Nothing tastes better after a hot day at school than a fresh popsicle! This recipe offers a sweet and much more healthier popsicle option for kids.

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EASY Homemade Popsicles via I Heart Naptime

Cereal Bars

Cereal bars are not only super simple to make, they taste amazing! This recipe is a keeper!

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Cereal Bars via I Heart Naptime

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

These muffins are simply delicious and everyone loves them. The classic and fan favorite pair of peanut butter and jelly has done it again!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins via I Heart Naptime

Cookie Butter Popcorn

Looking for the perfect sweet afternoon snack? This Cookie Butter Popcorn is delicious and will give kiddos the energy they need to finish their homework.

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Cookie Butter Popcorn via I Heart Naptime

Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites

Frozen berry yogurt bites make a wonderful snack for kids because they are bite size, refreshing, and fun! Not to mention, so cute!

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Frozen Berry Yogurt Bites via I Heart Naptime

No Bake Energy Balls

These energy balls are not only extremely easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have laying around, they taste delicious and can be stored in the freezer!

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No Bake Energy Balls via I Heart Naptime

How cute is this? Add a little craft time to snack time with this butterfly idea! The portions here are perfect for little kids.

Positively Splendid

Butterfly Snack Bags via Positively Splendid

Owl Rice Cakes

Looking for a healthier snack option? This is for you! Owl rice cakes give kids the energy they need and are so much fun to decorate.

Super Healthy Kids

Owl Rice Cakes via Super Healthy Kids

Kids Trail Mix

Who doesn’t love trail mix? This recipe includes a variety of kids’ favorite things and can be made in bulk!

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Kids Trail Mix Recipe via I Heart Naptime

Apple Sandwiches

Here’s a fun twist to a traditional sandwich! Apple sandwiches are fast, easy, and tasty!

About a Mom

Apple Sandwiches via About a Mom

Beach Jello Cups

If you’re wanting to put a little more time and creativity into your afternoon snack, these jello cups are a great option! These could make a fun dessert too!

Dorky Doodles

Beach Party Jello Cup Snacks via Dorky Doodles

Homemade Pizza Pockets

Pizza pockets have always been a kid favorite! These homemade pizza pockets are sure to be a hit!

One Little Project

Easy Cheesy Homemade Pizza Pockets via One Little Project

Strawberry Crumb Bars

One word. Delicious! These crumb bars will have your kids running home from school!

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Strawberry Crumb Bars via I Heart Naptime

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

Here’s a healthier option to normal fruit roll-ups while still maintaining the sticky, peel away roll that kids love.

Joy-Filled Life

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups via Joy Filled Life

Chia Seed Pudding Snacks

Why can’t healthy be delicious?! These pudding snacks are a great option for filling your kids’ tummies with healthy and delicious snacks.

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Make Ahead Chia Seed Pudding Snacks via Scattered thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Muffin Tin snack Tray

Give kids a variety of healthy and scrumptious options with this muffin tin snack tray. It’s not only visually pleasing but it provides kids with much needed autonomy to choose!

I Heart Naptime

Muffin Tin Snack Tray via I Heart Naptime

Peanut Butter & Jelly Roll-Ups

Simply changing the design an average PB&J makes all the difference for kiddos. This twist is so much fun and will be gobbled away!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Roll-Ups via Kleinworth & Co

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini in muffins and bread is so delicious! After trying these muffins your kiddos will all say zucchini is their favorite vegetable.

I Heart Naptime

Zucchini Muffins via I Heart Naptime

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Smoothies make great afternoon snacks because they are filling, healthy, and yummy! Plus, there are so many combinations you can make including this delicious strawberry banana smoothie!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie via I Heart Naptime

Apple Cookies

Who know there were so many fun things you can make with an apple? These apple cookies are healthy, look amazing, and will have your kids coming back for more.

Rachel Schultz

Apple Cookies via Rachel Schultz

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos

This healthy baked snack has delicious flavor and can be made in bulk to feed a household of hungry kids! This is definitely a winner.

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Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos via Dessert Now Dinner Later

Pizza Dough Soft Pretzel

This snack is easy, fast, and oh so delicious! You can even add cinnamon sugar if your kids are craving a bit of sugar.

Faithful Provisions

Frozen Pizza Dough Soft Pretzel via Faithful Provisions

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas

Cinnamon and bananas are a wonderful flavor combination that kids love, making this the perfect after school snack! Plus, it’s so fast to make that you can whip this up just before the kids get home!

Dizzy Busy & Hungry

Pan Fried Cinnamon Bananas via Dizzy Busy & hungry

Avocado & Hummus Tortilla

Feeling bored from making regular cheese tortillas? These avocado and hummus tortillas are for you! This healthy and filling snack is a great option for hungry kids.

Cookin’ Canuck

Mini Avocado & Hummus Quesadilla via Cookin’ Canuck

Lunch Ideas for Kids

Below you will find some creative lunch ideas that are both healthy and delicious! Kids will love any one of these yummy combinations.

Teddy Bear Lunchbox

This teddy bear lunchbox is so much fun for kids! They will love the sweet message written to them on the orange.

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Teddy Bear Lunchbox via Morgan Manages Mommyhood

School Bus Lunchbox

Help kids get excited about school with this yummy lunch option. This is a great idea for the first day of school.

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School Bus Lunchbox via Morgan Manages Mommyhood

Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

These delicious pigs in a blanket are a great lunch option and kids will absolutely love them! The fruits and veggies pair well with this mouthwatering lunch.

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Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket via the best ideas for kids

Italian Awesome

The title of this lunch is very fitting. This idea is indeed awesome! Kids will have so much fun putting together their own Italian lunch crackers.

Lauren Greutman

Italian Awesome via Lauren Greutman

Hummus Turkey Roll-Up

This lunch checks all the boxes! It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make. You can substitute your child’s favorite fruits, veggies, and chips to customize it!

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Hummus Turkey Roll-up via the best ideas for kids

Bagel Beast

This lunch is high in protein and scrumptious! Kids will absolutely love getting a bagel in their lunch.

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Bagel Beast via Lauren Greutman

Breakfast for Lunch- Steel Cut Oats

Who doesn’t love breakfast?! These Steel cut oats and waffles are a great idea for kids who crave something sweet after class.

Baby Foode

10 Easy + Healthy School Lunch Ideas via Baby Foode

Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is perfect for kids are want to take a break from eating sandwiches. This lunch also has avocado chocolate pudding that kids will love!

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10 Easy + Healthy School Lunch Ideas via Baby Foode

Mini Bagel Pizzas

Pizza! These mini bagel pizzas make the perfect lunch for kiddos who work so hard. Boiled eggs are also a wonderful and filling addition to any lunch!

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Mini Bagel Pizzas via the best ideas for kids

Curry Chicken Salad

Got a child with a mature taste buds? This curry chicken salad is great for kiddos who love flavor!

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10 Easy + Healthy School Lunch Ideas via Baby Foode

Winnie the Pooh Bento Lunch

Create your child’s favorite Disney character with this Winnie the pooh Bento lunch! Paired with bear crackers and chobani yogurt, this lunch is so much fun!

Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons

Winnie the Pooh Bento Lunch with Chobani via Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons

Easter Bunny Bento Lunch

This Easter Bunny lunch is perfect for spring time. Kids will love all of the cute details in this one!

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Easter Bunny Butt Bento Lunch via Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons

Cheese Quesadilla

The classic cheese quesadilla is an all time kid favorite lunch. This one includes yummy dipping sauces!

Cheese Quesadilla school lunch
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Cheese Quesadilla via Eat This, Not That

Jungle Themed Bento Box

Surprise your child with a fun jungle themed lunch! This lunch is both healthy and sweet!

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Jungle Themed Bento Box via Mom Unleashed

Thermos Mac & Cheese

Give kids a lunch you know they will love! Using a thermos allows parents to send kiddos with lunches that need to be kept warm. This same post. talks about how to keep chicken nuggets warm, yum!

Natasha’s Kitchen

Thermos School Lunch Ideas via Natasha’s Kitchen

Cheese & Turkey Kabobs

This lunch is not only super healthy, it’s so much fun! Kids will love eating their lunch off of a stick!

Yummy Healthy Easy

Cheese & Turkey Kabobs via Yummy Healthy Easy

Meatballs and Veggies

This special lunch box keeps food warm so kids can enjoy delicious foods like meatballs! This is an all around great meal.

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Meatballs and Veggies via One Lovely Life

Breakfast for Lunch-Waffles

Here is another great breakfast for lunch option. Kids will be so excited to open up their lunch and see Mickey Mouse waffles!

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Waffles or Pancakes via One Lovely Life

Pasta Salad

This pasta salad lunch combination will have your kids’ mouths watering! Don’t forget a fork!

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Pasta Salad via One Lovely Life

Healthy Halloween School Lunch

Nothing screams happy halloween like some ghosts, some pumpkins, and a monster! Your kiddos will feel so special receiving a spooky lunch like this.

Pickled Plum

Healthy Halloween School Lunch via Pickled Plum

Mini Sandwiches

Instead of 1 big sandwich, try 3 mini ones! This delicious lunch idea is the perfect amount for kiddos.

Family Fresh Meals

Mini Sandwich Lunchbox Ideas via Family Fresh Meals

Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich

This lunch combination gives kids lots of yummy options. It’s also a healthier version of an Egg salad Sandwich which is always a plus!

Life Made Sweeter

Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich via Life Made Sweeter

Creamy Turkey Pinwheels

This lunchbox has really got everything! From cheese to yogurt to fruit, your kids will be in heaven!

Yummy Healthy Easy

Creamy Turkey Pinwheels via Yummy Healthy Easy

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian pasta salad is a wonderful option to mix things up. The addition of the water bottle is a great way to ensure kids are hydrated throughout the day.

Crafting Chicks

Italian Pasta Salad via Crafting Chicks

Nachos with Lots of Dips

Nachos are so much fun for kids! They are are also extremely easy to put together and affordable.

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Nachos with Lots of Dips via Crafting Chicks

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  1. I really want to try your Healthy Chocolate Chip cookies but the link takes me to the strawberry Greek Popsicles. Can you please post or email me the recipe?

    Thanks
    Elaine