Get inspired with these super adorable Healthy Holiday Lunch Box Ideas that are fun & festive enough for any kid or adult lunch box this holiday season!
7 Healthy Holiday Lunch Box Ideas
With cookies and candy everywhere, it is easy to get distracted from our healthy lifestyle during the holiday season! That’s why I want to share you some super adorable lunch box ideas that are festive enough for any kid or adult lunch box.
These ideas are not only festive and fun, they are nutritious and delicious as well! Some of these ideas are my own and some are inspiration from Pinterest.
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Fruity Candy Cane
Ingredients: Banana, Strawberries
This one is too easy! All you need is a banana and some strawberries. Slice each into thin slices and arrange in the shape of a candy cane. Voila, a healthy and adorable Fruity Candy Cane for your child’s lunch box. Not only are strawberries sweet and delicious but they are exceptionally high in antioxidants, ranking as the 4th highest antioxidant containing fruit. Also rich in phytonutrients, strawberries have properties that can help to reduce levels of inflammation in the body. New research has determined that they are so an excellent choice for diabetics because they do not cause drastic spikes in blood sugar levels, placing them lower on the glycemic index with a score of 40.
Ingredients: String Cheese + Supplies: Sharpie, Ribbon, Felt or Printed Hat
String cheese is a great addition for your child’s lunch box or daily snack. Not only is it portable and convenient, but it is also a snack packed with nutrition. One typical mozzarella cheese stick has 80 calories, 7 grams of protein and 20% of the daily value for calcium! It will only take you two minutes to turn this healthy snack into an adorable snowman. You can either cut out a tiny snowman hat from a piece of black felt or just grab an image from clip art, print, and cut it out. Use a piece of double-sided tape to attach it to the top and then tie a piece of ribbon approximately 1/3 from the top of the cheese stick. Using a sharpie, make a cute snowman face and add some buttons. Throw it in the lunch box and call it a day!
Ingredients: Green Grapes, Banana, Strawberries, Mini Marshmallow + Supplies: Toothpicks
I saw a million of these adorable Grinch Kabobs on Pinterest, they are so popular. I can see why! They are adorable, healthy, and super easy to make. Start by rinsing and drying your grapes and strawberries. Slice your banana into even 1/2 inch slices and slice the green tops off the grapes. Using a toothpick, add a whole grape followed by a banana slice, strawberry, and mini marshmallow. Ta-da! There you have it, adorable Grinch kabobs what will be sure to put a smile on your little ones face.
Ingredients: Banana, Strawberries, Mini & Regular Marshmallow, Chocolate Chips + Supplies: Wooden Skewer
It’s a proven fact that kids love anything on a stick, at least for my kid! These adorable Santa Bananas will fulfill that joy for your little one. Start by rinsing and drying the strawberries, slice the tops off. Take 2-3 large marshmallows and slice them in half. Peel the banana and slice in half, and then slice off the tip of the pointed end. Carefully push your chocolate chips into the banana to make a face (I used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and a red chocolate chip for the nose). Skewer the banana, followed by the sliced marshmallow, strawberry and then a mini marshmallow. Enjoy!
Hard Boiled Snowman
Ingredients: Hard-boiled eggs, whole cloves, carrot, a little imagination + Supplies: Wooden Skewer
This adorable snowman takes a little bit more effort than these other cute ideas. Don’t ask me how to hard boil an egg, I can never seem to make them right! Luckily both Phil and the baby love hard-boiled eggs so they were already in the fridge waiting for me. I just peeled them, cut off the tops and the bottoms and skewered them. I used whole cloves for the buttons and eyes, which was so much easier than peppercorns! A carrot for the nose, of course, peppers for the scarf and hat and mushroom stems for the other hat. Last but not least I added a few parsley stems for the arms.
Christmas Tree Salad
Ingredients: Spinach, whole wheat pita, hummus, peppers, carrots, cauliflower + Supplies: Plate
This recipe is the perfect way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and eating their veggies! It’s easy to set this up; prep all of the vegetables ahead of time and then let the kids decorate their own tree. By letting them create it, they will be more interested in trying their creation. For this picture I topped a bed of baby spinach with a quarter of a whole wheat pita topped with a green white bean and spinach hummus. I got creative and decorated my tree with bell peppers and carrots. I added some cauliflower ‘snow’ but you could easily add your favorite crumbly cheese like blue, feta, or goat. Pair with your favorite dressing and you will have the most festive lunch in town!
Almond Joy Hot Chocolate
*This one may not be the best for the lunch box, but it would certainly make a fantastic after school snack!
Get the recipe for this Almond Joy Hot Chocolate from the American Diabetes Association
Supplies: Ribbon, Buttons, Optional: Straw
Please, just skip those hot cocoa packets! This Almond Joy Hot Chocolate is so easy to make and full of wholesome ingredients like almond milk and raw cocoa powder. We made this recipe on the news segment for Good Day Rochester and it was AMAZING! I decided to get a little crafty to make it extra adorable on air. I just tied a ribbon around the mug I was using and added a straw. Bonus: These tiny bows I got from Walmart came with sticky backs, so I just stuck them on the mug! Super easy & adorable!
I hope you enjoyed all of these Healthy Holiday Lunch Box Ideas as much as my toddler and I do 🙂
Please feel free to add your favorite cute idea to the list in the comments section below!
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