fun vegetarian lunch ideas!

i know many kids have already returned back to school. my eldest goes back next week, and to prepare i have collected some healthy, fun lunch ideas! my bear gets easily distracted from eating, so i’m hoping if i change things up a little and create little fun surprises, then maybe he’ll be more inclined to eat. we’re vegetarian and his school is a nut-free, waste-free zone, meaning there are certain foods i’m not allowed to include in his lunch and we need to use a steel lunch box to reduce product waste. i’m not bothered by this because i’m very conscious of dietary issues and always do my bit for the environment! anyway, i want to make sure he’s getting everything he needs in a day with these restrictions in place!
i guess only time will tell!

how do you get your kids to eat their school lunches?

it’s so easy to always make the same thing for lunch. i love these ideas, because it shows that if you think a little out of the box you can really get creative!

here’s what to think about:

  • presentation is key; it’s not just about fun shapes, think brisght colours too
  • hitting the oh-so important food groups
  • cutting things into smaller, bite-sized portions
  • don’t forget about drinks too
  • investing in good BPA-free containers that are easy for kids to open and close
  • don’t forget to label all the pieces of the lunch sets

sooooooooooooooo…. here we go!


make your own sushi from bear & lion

(i think the bread actually has meat inside, but you could easily substitute with hummus or cream cheese.)

healthy choices from i pack lunch

vegan club sandwich from healthy. happy. life.

roasted tomato grilled cheese from the wimpy vegetarian

falafel & tzatziki from peas and thank-you

pizza pops from bear & lion

vegan sweet potato, coconut milk and sweet chili ravioli from  reclaiming provincial

christmas cactus from organized bites

coming up soon… hot vegetarian school lunch ideas!
perfect for cool fall or chilly winter days!
xo, mama lola
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  1. says

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  2. says

    Great ideas! I pack lunches each day for my kids and although we are not vegetarian, I don’t think it is necessary to have meat in the lunchbox every day. There are so many more options when you don’t limit your choices to meat. I can’t wait to try some of your ideas. I find the bite-sized portions are key. My kids have so little time to eat their lunches so if I chop things up for them, they are able to eat more of their lunch. It only takes a minute and really helps them out. I laughed at your note about needing to be colorful. I sometimes make lunches without enough color and those times I say, “It needs some artificial color.” I define my artificial color as a decoration that I stick in with the lunch to jazz it up.

    • says

      thanks for stopping by! i too cut things up into bite sizes. my son he says he doesn’t have a lot of time to eat, so i try to be creative and practical with the lunches i send to school!

  3. says

    Such awesome tips! I have been shocked that my kids have adapted to my vegetarian eating style pretty well. I still give them meat every few days BUT I got so tired of making 2 different meals and then them stealing off my plate leaving me hungry 🙁 Presentation is totally it though. My oldest won’t go near a black bean even if his life depended on it..Last night, however, he ate 9 black bean meatballs….. AHAHHAH. He never figured it out!

    • says

      thanks for stopping by, heather!
      my son loves colourful foods and so i try to make his food appetizing, yet healthy. my kids have always been veggie, although sometimes we eat sea food.


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