Taking our Veganuary pledge with your family? Well, this handy guide to vegan packed lunches will help you get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break.
If your children are lucky enough to attend a school where carbon-neutral football club, Forest Green Rovers, have recently started serving vegan school dinners, you can expect them to feast on their new ‘Little Green Devils’ range of plant based meals.
But if your child’s school vegan offering only stretches as far as a jacket potato and beans with salad every day, we’ve put together a few ideas for colourful plant-based packed lunches that will be the envy of the classroom.
- Boredom-busting Bento Box
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 that kids will love.
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!
3. Pitta Pizza Power
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 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
Not just for adults, chickpea tuna sandwiches also go down well with older children and teenagers.
Super quick to make, simply mash chickpeas with hummus or vegan mayo, celery, red onion, and seasonings. Follow our simple recipe here.
Teddy bear faces / bread cut into flower shapes are optional!
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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