Are you struggling with lunch box inspiration? Here you'll find 20 vegetarian lunch box ideas for kids. Includes easy and healthy sweet and savoury recipes.
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Packing a lunch box for a picky eater is no easy task!
When your child only eats a limited amount of foods it is unbelievably easy to get stuck in a rut.
All too often I find myself sticking the same few things in his lunch box day after day, week after week.
As a result I'm always on the look out for vegetarian lunch box ideas for kids.
When free school meals come to an end
Last month my seven-year-old started in Year 3 at school. This means, for us in the UK, no more free hot school dinners.
We could have paid for him to have a cooked meal at school. Believe me I was sorely tempted.
However, he lobbied very hard for a packed lunch.
I decided in the end to use it as an opportunity to get him to try some new things.
And it's worked - so far. He hasn't always come home with an empty lunchbox.
But whenever he starts to moan about something I offer to pay for him to have school dinners and he soon goes quiet.
Check out what I've been putting in my son's lunch box over on my Instagram feed.
Help! I don't know what to put in my child's lunchbox!
If this is you, believe me I sympathise! I mean how am I meant to put together a healthy vegetarian lunch box for a child who doesn't eat any fruit and vegetables? (I'm not even joking here!)
In addition he doesn't like many sandwich fillings. Cheese, cream cheese or hummus are all ruled out so sandwich options are limited to marmite, jam or honey.
And I'm really determined not to give him jam sandwiches for lunch!
Nut free lunch ideas for kids
Our school is nut free so that rules out some of the other things he likes. I have given him sunflower butter in a sandwich, which he said was ok but he didn't love.
He's also had veggie chicken slices a couple of times which he likes. But on the whole I think that sandwiches aren't the best lunch option for us.
If you're like me and after some new vegetarian lunch box inspiration I hope you'll find some ideas here that you - and more importantly your kids - love.
For more ideas check out these healthy lunch box ideas.
Nut free vegetarian lunch ideas for kids
Savoury vegetarian lunch box ideas for kids
Delicious savoury crackers that taste like pizza. These have to be a winner surely?
These are one of my toddler's all-time favourite lunches.
I'm yet to find any recipe that will convince my picky eater to try broccoli. Perhaps this could be the one.
Hummus and dips are a great idea for a packed lunch - and if you can add an extra portion of veg even better.
Easily adapted to use seasonal veg.
These deliciously crunchy pizza crackers that are great for lunch boxes. Gobbled up by kids and adults alike and suitable for vegans.
This would be a bold one to try on my picky eater but I know loads of kids who love sushi.
A good hidden veg recipe to try for reluctant vegetable eaters.
Served in a roll, with pitta or just on their own, these falafels are perfect for lunchboxes.
A great one for adding some protein into a vegetarian lunchbox.
Always a hit with my kiddos.
Layer upon layer of veggie goodness
If you have a vegetable lover then these would be perfect for a lunchbox!
Couldn't be easier to make and totally delicious
Sweet vegetarian lunch ideas for kids
Perfect for combatting those after-lunch sugar cravings.
Naturally sweet and packed full of veggies. My kind of recipe.
These are one of my favourite lunchbox fillers. They need just four ingredients, all of them healthy and take just 15 minutes or so to make.
Some schools don't allow cakes in lunch boxes. These cupcakes are lower in sugar and packed full of fruit.
I make one big batch of smoothies on the weekend and freeze them in our Nom Nom Kids pouches*. They've defrosted by lunchtime and have the added advantage of acting as an ice pack!
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