Lunch ideas for kids, written by kids

Lunch ideas for kids, written by kids

When it comes to packing lunches for kids, it can be a gamble. The hope is that they'll eat what you take the time to prepare; the fear is that they'll trade it or toss it! We decided to go straight to the source to find out what kids prefer.


Remy S., Toronto, Ont., age 6 1/2

This is my favourite lunch because it's really yummy, and I like shopping at our farmers' market:

  • salami sandwich made with meat from a local farmers' market
  • baby tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • sea asparagus - it's crunchy and salty

Below are recipes created by students from Junior ActiveChefs, which are easy, healthy and fun for the whole family!


Sophia and Jamie Baring, ages 7 and 5, Oakville, Ont.

Our family likes making Sandwich Skewers. This is how we do it:

Step One:

We use cookie cutters to make shapes out of veggies and different types of bread and cheese. Our Mom helps to cut the other stuff. She likes to put the sandwich fillings into a muffin tin so that it's all in one space and we can see the different items (and plus she says it's less to clean up).

We like to use cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, cheeses, peppers, different types of meat and olives for our Dad. You can also spread some butter or cream cheese onto your bread if you like.

Step Two:

We get to fill our skewers with all the stuff we want to eat. I love putting on cheese!

Step Three:

We get to eat it. Jamie sometimes tries to eat it like a piece of corn but it gets messy. I like to eat it from the bottom up.


Sophia and Helena McLellan, ages 12 and 7, Oakville, Ont.

We enjoy this quick, easy and nutritious lunch we can make for ourselves.

Tuna Melts

2 whole wheat mini ciabatta buns

1 can of chunky light tuna in water, drained

1 celery stalk, finely diced

1 tbsp of finely diced red onion (optional)

2 tsp yellow mustard

1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

4 heaping tbsp of grated old cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine tuna, celery, onion, mustard, olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide mixture into 4 equal parts.

Cut the whole wheat ciabatta bread lengthwise and hollow out centres.

Fill the buns with the tuna mixture and top with cheddar cheese.

Place buns on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated oven for five to 10 minutes until cheese melts.

Serve with a side of fresh veggies and a glass of cold milk. Enjoy!

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