How to Make Your Kids Lunch Balanced and Fun

balanced lunch including danimals and nabisco cookies

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Are you considered a fun Mom? I like to think I am. I love to sit down with my kids and do arts and crafts. I love to bake fun and colorful desserts. I love dancing around the house and making up silly songs. My new favorite thing to do is turning their lunch into a fun work of art! You may have seen lunches like this online and thought, like I did, WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT? But honestly, with the right tools, you can create fun themed and balanced lunches for your kids in just minutes! The best part is the look on their faces when they see their fun lunch!

All you need are some cookie cutters (or sandwich cutters), silicone liners and an imagination. The key to a balanced and fun lunch is choosing the right foods and turning them into a work of art so your kids are excited to eat them!

variety of cookie cutters and silicone molds

cutting a sandwich into the shape of a butterfly

What You’ll Need for This Balanced and Fun Lunch:

  1. Turkey (or ham), American cheese, whole wheat bread and condiment of your choice
  2. 1/3 cup of veggies
  3. 2 TBSP hummus
  4. 1/2 cup fruit
  5. Danimals strawberry smoothies
  6. Limited edition NABISCO MINIONS cookies

butterfly shaped sandwich and blueberries

butterfly shaped sandwich and blueberries

First, build your sandwich. I typically use turkey, American cheese, a little mayo or mustard and whole wheat bread. Using a cookie or sandwich cutter, cut it into a fun shape. You can also add a variety of veggies or garnishes to enhance your design. For the butterfly, I used a carrot stick and a slice of black olive.
I use the little silicone liners to add loose finger foods like blueberries or raspberries. It keeps them from rolling around and makes a cute design.

cucumbers cut into the shape of a flower

turkey cut into bird shapes

Next, you can cut some veggies into fun shapes. I used cucumbers and my flower cookie cutters to cut the center of the cucumber slice. I give the girls both the cut out and the outside portion so that none of the veggie goes to waste. I cut carrots into a circle to make the center of the flower and laid them all on top of a piece of lettuce. I like to give them a couple of tablespoons of hummus to dip their veggies into.
So that they have a little extra protein, I used a mini cookie cutters to cut some extra turkey into little birds and put them under the flowers. A final touch was the little heart shaped strawberry slices, to remind the girls how much I love them.

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balanced lunch in an animal theme

Of course, it wouldn’t be a well balanced and fun lunch without their favorite snacks! So for this lunch, I picked up Danimals Strawberry Smoothies (the perfect nutritious snack) and Limited Edition NABISCO MINIONS Cookies multipacks from Target. My girls love the taste of Danimals and it’s often their choice for an after school snack and are perfect for on-the-go. Danimals Pouches can even be frozen and thawed, perfect for a kid’s lunchbox! They love comparing which MINIONS cookie they each pull out of the bag. It often turns into the match game which is adorable!

lunch cut into a variety of shapes

balanced lunch including danimals and nabisco cookies

balanced lunch including danimals and nabisco cookies

balanced lunch including danimals and nabisco cookies

The final touch for every one of our fun and balanced lunches is a little something personal. For this lunch, I added a sweet little note. I will often also include riddles, jokes, tongue twisters or a quick and easy craft idea that they can do when they finish their lunch.  If you’re looking for some fun ideas, please check out this free printable. You can visit the Craft Your Lunch site for exciting lunch ideas and crafts and don’t forget to pick up all of your lunch ingredients at Target. Visit the Target Circle App to save 10% on NABISCO Multipacks from 8/10 to 9/7, 10% on Danimals Yogurt from 8/9 to 8/15, and 10% on Horizon Organic Milk Boxes from 8/9 to 9/9!
If you give this a try, I’d love to hear about it! Make sure to tag me on social media so I can see how beautiful it turned out!

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I'm so honored that you've found us! I'm Heather, a Mom of 3 who blogs about parenting, food, occasional travel and how I overcame my daily struggle with anxiety. I miss sleeping and rely on coffee and laughter to get me through the day. I hope you enjoy and visit often!

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  1. Wow, you are very creative and patient in making their lunchboxes. Kids do share their lunch boxes at school, and caring for this adorable prep would be a good boost of confidence, for the kids. Plus keeping them healthy.

  2. what cute cut-outs and lunch ideas! I teach preschoolers, pre-pandemic, and I just know they’d love if their lunch was packed like this!

  3. I’m all about adding fun touches to meals. It’s something we ALL need after so many months of this global nightmare.

  4. OMG! This is so cute and creative 😍👍🏻 I am pretty sure my niece would love to eat that butterfly first 😁 Great post 😊

  5. Your lunchboxes are so pretty! I love the cutout ideas…kids are so picky when it comes to eating and these are great ways to inspire them to eat the right foods!

  6. I saw fun written all over that!! Balanced too, but fun for sure. What kid wouldn’t love opening this up during lunch. Way to Go!!

  7. I’m grateful that school provides great, healthy lunches. I’d never have time to do this.

  8. Wow this really seems fun and amazing in it’s own way, I’ll have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  9. It’s amazing how you make something as simple as lunch so much fun, adding so much creativity!

  10. These are great ideas to get kids to eat healthily and try new foods as I did the same for my kids when they were young too. Heading to Craft your Lunch website for more fun ideas

  11. These lunch ideas are so fun! I am sure my kid will love it so much! I will make him a great surprise next time I will prepare the lunch box.

  12. This is so cute!

    I remember when my kid was younger we had a struggle for a while with him eating at all, so we did just like you’re doing now, creating fun foods and that helped a lot to play around with the food 🙂

  13. I’m not a big lunch person, but after seeing this cute lunch setup I think I’m going to have to give it a go myself.

    1. Wow, these are such amazing ideas, my daughter is a picky eater am going to try these for her ! Thanks 😊

  14. It’s so important to make sure your kids have a healthy and balanced lunch! These are some great tips.

    1. This looks so perfectly creative! I know my kids would love to open up a lunch box that look like this inside!

  15. Can you pack my lunch too?! These lunch boxes are so cute. Truly works of art! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  16. ahhh Heather, you just took me down memory lane. My mum used to do cut-outs with my sandwiches too. I LOVED it. and cut outs of the cucumbers were super fun too. i am sure your kids love it!!

  17. I really dig these ideas. It’s hard to get kids to eat healthy food sometimes. They’d much rather eat the flashy stuff out of the bag or box. Making the healthy stuff more fun is key.

  18. I think this is a genius idea. Making healthy food fun is a great way to encourage kids to eat healthy foods.

  19. What a fun and cute lunch for the kiddos! I love the sandwich cutouts and that its on a bed of lettuce! Such a neat idea!

    cute & little

  20. I love these ideas so much! It can be so hard to get the kids to eat healthy foods. If we can make them fun in any way, it’s always a plus.

  21. That is the most adorable lunch ever! My little Scarlet will love this and I will for sure try to make this myself as I have some fun and cute Bento containers for her to use this year. Thanks for sharing 🙂