5 Vegan Packed Lunch Ideas For Kids of All Ages

Need some meal inspo to liven up the kids’ lunchboxes? Check our 5 vegan packed lunches

Healthy vegan kids packed lunch
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Whether you’re prepping lunches for younger kids or trying to keep teens interested in their meals, our vegan lunchbox ideas have you covered. We’ve thought outside the (lunch) box to bring you some of the best tasty meal ideas to treat the kids’ tastebuds.

1. Boredom-busting Bento Box

Bento boxes are great for mixing up different foods and sectioning them into mini portions for kids. They also offer a way to be adventurous with food, keeping things fun for younger children.

Some ideas to include in your Bento box are:

  • Tofu cubes
  • Pin-wheel falafel and hummus wraps
  • Steamed broccoli and carrot batons
  • Rice and edamame beans or chickpeas
  • Sweet potato wedges
  • Vegan sausage
  • Vegan yoghurt with chia seeds
  • A colourful mix of berries
  • Fruit kebabs

Bento boxes are easy to find online or the high street, so help the little ones get experimenting with vegan lunch ideas!

Vegan Bento Box
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2. Tasty Taco Wraps

Tacos always seem to be a winner, even for the fussiest of children. Fill a taco wrap of your choice (available from most supermarkets) with black beans or lentils, roasted sweet potato, lettuce, guacamole, salsa and veggies.

Serve with a side of corn on the cob to continue the Mexican vibe, and some pineapple and melon sticks for a tropical feel. Yum!

Tacos stuffed with black beans and vegetables for an easy children's packed lunch
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3. Pitta Pizza Power

Show us a kid who doesn’t like pizza, especially for their packed lunch! These pitta pizzas are super easy to make, saving you heaps of time. Simply top a wholemeal pitta bread with a spread of passata, a sprinkling of vegan cheese, and a selection of your child’s favourite toppings. Tomato, onion, roasted peppers, and sweet corn are ideal for a vegan lunch box.

Pop under the grill for a couple of minutes until the cheese has melted and place inside a lunchbox to cool. Serve with a side of hummus and veggies and a protein flapjack.

A vegan pitta pizza is a great choice for children's packed lunch
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4. Cream Cheese and Cucumber Bagel 

A cream cheese and cucumber bagel is another super easy vegan packed lunch idea that’s popular with children of all ages. Spread a bagel of your choice with vegan cream cheese, add slices of cucumber and sprinkle with a tiny pinch of pepper.

Serve with a side of roasted chickpeas and a fruit salad.

A vegan cream cheese and cucumber bagel is perfect for packed lunches
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5. Chickpea Tuna Sandwich

Our chickpea tuna sandwich recipe is quick to make and goes down a treat with kids. Simply mash chickpeas with hummus or vegan mayo, celery, red onion, and seasonings.

Chickpea tuna sandwiches are a perfect children's lunch option
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What to include in a vegan packed lunch for kids:

  • A portion of grains such as bread, pasta, or rice
  • A serving of legumes, nuts or dairy alternative, e.g. lentils, beans, vegan cheese cubes, vegan yoghurt, peanut butter
  • A generous portion of vegetables
  • At least one portion of fruit
  • Healthy snacks such as protein flapjacks, raw energy bars, or homemade low-sugar muffins

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PAGE UPDATED MARCH 2021

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