Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids


With a new year of school just about to start, I’m looking for inspiration for healthy, waste-free and easy lunchbox ideas and I wanted to share with you some of my favourites.


My daughter’s school has a ‘waste-free’ policy and if you’re wondering what exactly that means, it’s basically package-free food. There are no outside bins at my daughter’s school so children are encouraged to bring package-free food. This is fabulous because it means that they tend to eat more ‘fresh food’ such as fruit and veggies, left overs and sandwiches or wraps.

This Wipe out Waste graph below clearly shows ways to waste free.


It also means that all the kids generally follow this policy and have relatively healthy food in their lunchboxes so there is no comparison or being the health freak mum.

I always make sure that we have plenty of fresh organic and seasonal fruit and veggies for the start of the week and a few other snacks such as corn chips, nuts, dried fruit etc. We love Organic Angels for home delivery.


I can’t recommend the Goodbyn lunchboxes (or Bynto ones for pre-school children) highly enough as the design makes it super easy to fill.


I always put a main meal such as a sandwich or wrap in the biggest compartment. These are usually filled with either cheese, tomato, lettuce, ham, cucumber and then some days I just add left overs such as pasta, soup (during winter), chicken, rice . . basically anything into an insulated jar such as the Kids Konserve one which is airtight so no leaks and keeps food warm (and cool).


Occasionally I make savoury muffins or slices, which my kids absolutely love. Our favourite is this zucchini slice that can also be made into muffins as well.

Zucchini Slice 


375gm zucchini, finely grated

1 large onion, finely chopped

3 rashers bacon, finely chopped (optional)

1 cup grated cheddar

1 cup self-raising flour

1/2 cup vegetable oil

5 eggs

Pour into tin (or muffin tray) and bake for approximately 30 mins. Shorter if in muffin tray.

Recipe & images courtesy of Food to love. Full instructions here. 


Then I fill another compartment with fresh vegetable sticks such as carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and capsicum and add a dip, which all my kids love.

Our 3 favourite dips are;

Hummus – can of chickpeas, I clove of garlic, 1 tbsp tahini. ½ lemon juice and 1 tbsp olive oil. Mix in food processor.

Avocado  – mash an avocado and a chopped ripe tomato, add some lemon and a bit of olive oil.

Tzasiki – yoghurt & chopped cucumber.


I then add some fruit, anything that we have; an apple or a banana and then maybe some berries in a smaller compartment, peach, grapes, watermelon and pawpaw are a few favourites.

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And lastly something a bit sweet for morning tea. I alternate between muffins, biscuits, slices once a week and add them to her lunchbox.


Here’s our favourite sugar-free sweet recipes;


  1. Banana  & chocolate chip oatmeal muffins  (gluten & sugar free!)

3 mashed ripe bananas

1 cup almond milk

2 eggs

1 tbsp baking powder

3 cups rolled oats

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp mini organic chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients and pour into muffin tray and bake for approximately 20 mins.

Full recipe can be found at Green Lites Bites here. 


    2. Carrot slice


185 gms wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking powder

90 gms coconut sugar

300 gms grated carrot


60 gms coconut oil

2 tbsp raw honey

Add above to dry mix, then also add 3 lightly beaten eggs and mix well.

Pour in tin and bake for approximately 30 mins.

Can also be made into muffins and with zucchini and pumpkin instead of carrot.


3. Muesli slice

I popped over to collect some apricots from my neighbour Fay and she had just finished making these muesli slices which looked delicious!

Recipe modified from a book called ‘Like Grandma Used to Make’ by Rebecca-Sullivan.


200g (2Cups) rolled oats

1 cup)plain flour (wheat or gluten free)

1/2 Cup soft brown sugar

½ Cup coconut desiccated

85g (1/2 Cup) raisins

35g (1/4 Cup) dried apricots, chopped

Another ¼- 1/2 C dried fruit or seeds or chopped nuts (e.g. figs, dates, apples, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)


150g butter

2 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon golden syrup

Mix all the dry ingredients and then add wet mixture.

Press firmly into a greased or lined tray. Bake for 15- 20mins or until golden brown on top.


4. Healthy cacao, coconut bliss balls

There are sooo many varieties to make but to keep it simple and easy this one is our favourites.

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12 Medjool dates (soaked in water for an hour)

1 cup almond meal

1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus 1/3 cup extra for rolling

1/3 cup coconut oil

1/3 cup cacao powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Roll into balls and in coconut

Full recipe can be found on


Don’t forget that all your Back to School eco friendly lunchboxes, containers, bags and drink bottles are available from Eco Toys here.



If you are looking for more healthy recipes then check out these delicious homemade icy pole and ice-cream recipes, plus my all time favourite raw chocolate recipes here.






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2 Responses to “Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids”

  1. Milly says:

    Hi, I just noticed that some of your recipes have almond meal in them, does this mean your school it not nut-free?

    • Melinda says:

      Hi Milly, yes we don’t have any restrictions at our school with food so nuts are fine. I forget that many school aren’t. I assume you could use coconut flour or just normal instead?

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