Top Vegan Packed Lunches For Kids of All Ages

Here’s our guide to the very best of the best vegan packed lunches – for school, for work, or when you’re on the go.

We’ve scoured our favourite recipe sites and thought outside the (lunch) box to bring you some of best, simple, tasty meal ideas that will please the whole family.

  1. Boredom-busting Bento Box
A vegan bento box is a perfect packed lunch for children
The Green Loot

A bento box is essentially a mix of different foods, sectioned into mini portions. What’s more, there are some super cute bento box style lunchboxes available on the high street.

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

Check out this video for more inspiration on bento box ideas you and your little ones are bound to love.

2. Tasty Taco Wraps

Tacos stuffed with black beans and vegetables for an easy children's packed lunch
Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen

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!

3. Pitta Pizza Power

A vegan pitta pizza is a great choice for children's packed lunch
Vegan Mammy

Show us a kid who doesn’t like pizza! These pitta pizzas are super easy to make – 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 always seem to go down well! 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.

4. Cream Cheese and Cucumber Bagel 

A vegan cream cheese and cucumber bagel is perfect for packed lunches
VegAnnie

A cream cheese and cucumber bagel is another super easy lunch idea that is 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.

5. Chickpea Tuna Sandwich

Chickpea tuna sandwiches are a perfect children's lunch option

Super quick to make, simply mash chickpeas with hummus or vegan mayo, celery, red onion, and seasonings. Follow our simple recipe here.

When creating your child’s lunch we recommend including:

  • 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

For more vegan lunch ideas visit our recipe section.

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