There is a lot of independence that comes with online learning. Online students are encouraged to manage tasks, create schedules etc. If taking on their schooling themselves (with some guidance of course), what’s stopping your child from making their own lunches?

When a child makes their own lunch it helps them take responsibility for their nutrition, and provides a great break that will help split up their day!

These lunches don’t even need to be packed with sugar and other junk food items. We’ve compiled a list of super easy healthy recipes that your online student will love putting together:

 

 

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Fruity Pitas With Peanut Butter: 

This sweet lunch can be made with Wow Butter to account for allergies!

 

What They Need:

  • Peanut butter

  • Cinnamon (any desired spices)

  • Whole wheat pita pocket halves

  • Apple (thinly sliced)

  • Medium firm banana (sliced)

Full Recipe

 

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Sandwich On A Stick: 

Your child is going to love putting this lunch together.

 

What They Need:

  • Skewers

  • Deli sliced meat

  • Chopped arugula

  • Cheese (cubed)

  • Grape tomatoes

  • Small dill pickles

  • Ranch dressing, deli mustard, mayo etc.  

Full Recipe

 

 

PB & J Tacos

Fun and creative meals like this will get your child excited for lunch, and will help them take pride in the presentation of their meal.

 

What They Need:

  • White bread (can sub in whole wheat or whole grain)

  • Peanut butter

  • Jelly

  • Chopped strawberries

  • Blueberries

  • crushed graham crackers

  • Honey

Full Recipe

 

 

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Breakfast (For Lunch) Burrito

Keep in mind you can always pre-cook things like eggs and mushrooms in bulk for your child to grab when putting together their meal! They can make it themselves, but a little prep won’t hurt.

 

What They Need:

  • Ham

  • Spinach

  • Mushrooms (white)

  • Garlic powder

  • Egg

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • Avocado

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Salsa

Full Recipe

 

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BLT Salad

Make this stove-top free by using pre-cooked packaged bacon or just fry it up the night before when you do dinner. That way, it’s ready for your child to grab the next day.

 

What They Need:

  • Bacon

  • Mayonnaise

  • Garlic Powder

  • Ground black pepper

  • Salt

  • Romaine lettuce

  • 2 large tomatoes

  • Seasoned croutons

Full  Recipe

 

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Roasted Turkey and Basil Cream Cheese Pinwheel Sandwiches

Children will love this recipe that's as easy as a sandwich, but 5x the fun!

 

What They Need:

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Whipped cream cheese

  • Baby spinach leaves

  • Basil leaves

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 10-inch flour tortillas

  • Sliced oven-roasted deli turkey

  • Roasted pepper in strips

  • Shredded carrots

Full Recipe

 


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French Bread Pizzas

The only thing your little one will need from you is to pop it in and out of the oven! Even have them time it so they can let you know when lunch is ready that way, they are responsible for how long it cooks.

 

What They Need:

  • Deli Rolls Or Crusty Italian Rolls

  • Jarred sauces (marinara, pesto etc) Marinara Sauce Or Pizza Sauce

  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese, Grated

  • Grated Parmesan Cheese To Taste

  • Butter

  • Their favourite toppings! (e.g. sausage, bacon slices, olives, pineapple chunks

Full Recipe

 

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Salad In A Jar

What better a way to get your child to eat veggies than to have them choose exactly what veggies they are willing to eat?

 

What They Need:

  • Their favourite fruits and vegetables! This mom’s little one picked out carrots, peas, corn, avocados strawberries.

  • Protein like sliced ham, beans etc.

  • Favourite dressing

  • A mason jar

Full Recipe

 

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Easy Lunch Stackers Bento Box

Why buy lunchables when your child can make their own kit?

 

What They Need:

  • Low-sodium ham, rolled

  • Low fat Cheddar cheese (cut into slices)

  • Cucumber Slices

  • Whole Wheat Cracker

  • Medium Banana

  • Mini Sweet Peppers

  • Low Fat Ranch Dip

Full Recipe

 

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Pinto Bean and Cheese Tacos

Other than maybe helping your child opening cans, this is a mess-free and easy meal that will take mere minutes to prepare! Plus, you’re not limited to cheese and beans -- your student can really put anything they fancy in the taco shell. Experiment with different food combos to keep these recipe easy and kid-friendly.

 

What They Need:

  • Can of pinto beans

  • Mild salsa

  • Heart of romaine

  • Taco shells

  • Shredded Cheddar

Full Recipe