Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids

One of the most common food mistakes I see when it comes to kids nutrition is a shortage of protein. Protein is the building block of the body and is super important for kids as they are growing at super high speeds! As a bonus protein keeps little tummies fuller for longer so there will be less “I’m hungry” complaints!


Here are my top healthy lunchbox ideas for kids that contain great levels of protein.


One of my favourite sources of protein and packed full of nutrition. Make sure you buy ‘real free range’ eggs that have been free to roam on natural pasture, preferably from your local market, health food shop or butcher. Better still get some pet chickens if you have the room.

Try adding whole hard boiled eggs to your kid’s lunch boxes, left over frittata or omelette or try my Egg and bacon bites



Quinoa is a grain substitute that is actually a seed, it is gluten free and easy on the digestive system for most people. Cook a batch of it and add chopped salad vegetable, left over roast vegetables, feta, pepitas, and olives. Try making a big batch of my chicken quinoa bowl for lunchboxes or a batch of these quinoa peanut butter balls.

Healthy lunchbox ideas for kids


Left over meat/ chicken/ fish from dinner

This is one of my favourite tricks for quick healthy lunches. Make a double sized roast, poach some extra chicken or make a second batch of fish cakes for lunches for the next day.


Wild tinned Salmon

Tinned salmon made my list of easy lunch box ideas that you can pick up at the supermarket. Not only is it high in protein but high in omega 3s, iodine, and zinc (all nutrients that are important for our children’s health).

Salmon is great on a mountain bread wrap with avocado and salad. Or make it into a dip and serve it with rice crackers.


Protein cookies or shakes

Some kids are adverse to meat and eggs in their lunch boxes so how about using a pure protein powder in cookies or even a shake to add to their lunch box.

My kids love their ‘chocolate milkshake’ ( protein powder with milk, cacao and a little maple syrup packed into a Sinchie pouch) 


protein cookies

Protein Banana Oat cookies

1 cup oats

1 cup sulfur free sultanas

1 cup organic shredded coconut

2 scoops protein powder (Try this all natural plant Inca Inchi protein )

2 eggs

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 mashed banana

1 tablespoon honey

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then combine.

Use a tablespoon to form cookies and place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.

Cook for 10 mins, Leave to cool and enjoy.


Now, what to pack all of this delicious, nutritious foods into

I have tried a lot of different lunchboxes over the last 5 years and the YUMBOX is my absolute favourite!

The separate compartments help me get creative (and avoid packing sandwiches every day!). The leak proof lid means I can pack wet things like yoghurt and dips next to dry things like rice crackers without them getting soggy.






  1. […] for many of the mums I work with but oh so simple. If you are anything like me you try and get the kids lunchboxes packed the night before so why not pack yourself lunch at the same time. Even if you are going to […]

  2. Melanie on August 23, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Hi there
    I was wondering how much protein powder is in a scoop? One tablespoon perhaps?

  3. […] talk about the importance of including protein in kids lunchboxes here and the humble egg is one of the easiest and best ways to include more protein in your kids diets. […]

  4. Valeska on July 31, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Great ideas to increase protein, I’m preparing to send my daughter to school next year so I am loving these suggestions!

  5. Sarah Stew on July 31, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Unfortunately eggs are no no at my kids school due to children with allergies

  6. Rinna W on August 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Oooohhhh la laaaa, what a lunchbox I was thinking that I’d use it for one of my girls but I’m actually looking for work so will be needing a fancy lunchbox for all my Autoimmune Protocol goodies!!

  7. L on August 2, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Thanks for the straight forward hints to make improvements.

    • Fiona on August 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you so much for the inspiration. I have 5 children, 2 of which dont eat sandwhiches. I need all the help i can get.

  8. Claire B on August 2, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I would love one of these lunch boxes, I really don’t like things leaking or getting soggy. I would use this for my little one for playgroup/child care and then school. I love that there is room for a variety of food but still be compact enough that it doesn’t take up heaps of room.

  9. Mary Joanne Ruth Lao on August 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the lovely recipes snd for the chance to win…

  10. Yvonne on August 2, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    The quinoa coconut chicken sounds delicious. I even think I have all the ingredients

  11. Leah on August 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    My daughter loves her protein smoothies (choc milk in her words!) in her sinchies and I think she’d love the cookies too, thanks for the ideas!

  12. Kristy on August 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for the tips and recipes for increasing protein in the lunch box Jess! It’s a real struggle to get protein into my 6 year old so I’m hoping these recipes will help do the trick…

  13. Caitlin Loder on August 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I would love to win one of these lunch boxes for my daughter who starts kindy next year! She loves her food and we also love getting together and cooking. We’re going to make the egg & bacon bites this afternoon. The lunchbox will be so handy for me to know she’s getting a mix of fruit, vegetables and protein in her meals at school.

  14. Katrina Woodman on August 2, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    My son is a picky water and I think something yumbox will be great for kindy next year

  15. Hanna on August 2, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been looking at these lunch boxes. We have recently moved our kids to high protein diet so these make it much easier to pack a good assortment. I have 5 kids at school so to win one would be a great bonus 🙂

    • Elena on August 3, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      My daughter loves her yum box. I need to get one for my little man! The kids love their eggs but I never think to include it in their lunch. This was a great reminder. I also loved the chocolate protein shake in the sinchie idea!

  16. Mel on August 2, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Hi, I would love to try fitting all the above yummy food ideas into a yumbox please

  17. Anna Rowan on August 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    My daughter has a yambox and loves it: it’s easy to pack every morning, no waste at all as everything fits in one place – fruit, protein and some healthy home made treat like sweet potato brownie with Greek yogurt. My little man starts school soon and it would be amazing to win him one too! Thanks for the great prize!

  18. Tania Barbieri on August 2, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I love reading blog posts such as this, such a help – I’ve been actively trying to increase nutrient dense food, particularly in the lunchbox and after school when they are staaaaaarrrrrrving! I would love to win a Yumbox because it always seems so popular and well liked, especially the leak proof-ness which is an awesome feature. And it always looks so good when packed with yummy food!

  19. Tanya on August 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Those banana oat cookies sound delicious – I’m off to make a batch right now, hopefully some will make it to the kids lunchboxes 🙂

  20. Mystivine on August 3, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Love these ideas! And the Yumbox would be perfect for my son to take them to school

  21. Victoria on August 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! My youngest is gluten and dairy free so lunchboxes are always a challenge, and she often feels like she is missing out. I do a lot of these, but two great ideas I picked up were adding quinoa to things and the smoothie in a pouch! Will look in to the pouches. I’m making quiche tonight, so will do some mini ones and add quinoa for tomorrows lunch!
    Thank you!

  22. Rachel on August 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Some good ideas to get protein into the kiddies lunch boxes.

  23. sapna on August 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I would love to win so that i can replace six small boxes & their lids with one yumbox & can pack eye appealing , healthy, nutritious school lunches for my son. Moreover there will be less container to wash.

  24. Lizzie on August 5, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Thanks Jess. I’m going to try making the protein cookies today. We can’t have egg-based ( a little in baking is ok), nut or liquid dairy products in our classroom due to various childrens allergies and my children are really into meat so I hope these will help with that fuller feeling and reduce the after school craziness for my 5 year old.

    • Lizzie on August 5, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Oops, *not really into meat yet

  25. Anita on August 5, 2017 at 9:08 am

    We love the Yumbox! Unfortunately my younger son broke the latch on his, would be fantastic to win a new one! Keep up the fantastic work, Jessica 🙂

  26. Sharyn Sheldon on August 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    I’m having the protein battle with my children at the moment, it’s so frustrating, I just wish they knew I was trying to help them.

  27. Deborah Gray on August 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    It rocks my sox, this yum box.
    Easy to fill with goodies galore,
    For children whether big or small,
    Leak proof, variety, creativity,
    A winning formula for me!

  28. Lisa on August 6, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Loving these suggestions

  29. Tory on August 6, 2017 at 6:50 am

    We are another no egg family. There’s some pretty serious allergies at my son’s centre. I so love these boxes though I’ve been circling buying one for ages!

  30. Jessica on August 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Great post !! I have just started to look at ideas for my little ones lunch box for kindy and this has been extra helpful! I am planning to get a Yumbox too, as the kindy supports plastic free, so would LOVE to win a YUMBOX for my little one to start his year off with healthy eating and Eco awareness!

  31. Gemma on August 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Love the yum box- great food tips and great prize

  32. Irena on August 8, 2017 at 8:55 am

    My daughter has a Yumbox and she loves it, and I would love to win one for my son!

  33. Rachel Hellema on August 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I’ve had my eye on the yumbox since my first boy started kindy nearly 3 years ago, love how the compartments seal so you don’t need to pack a heap of separate containers. The protein ideas are helpful hints, I think I’ll be trying the cookies. We eat real food in our house and are gluten free so new ideas are always welcome!

  34. Kyrstie on August 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Great inspiration for the lunch boxes, thanks for sharing.

  35. Lee-Anne Poon on August 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Love these recipes! I’m trying very hard to stop my daughter from eating all the rubbish that is out there but as a busy mum, running my own business I don’t always have the time or energy to think about what to make for her so I land up making the same old tried and tested recipes. Love finding new recipes to try though, so thank you!

  36. Kristy on August 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Am going to make the protein oat cookies today for lunchbox snacks. My son has a meat phobia and I’m always looking for ways to increase his protein intake. Thanks so much for sharing!

  37. Mary Hopkins on August 9, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for all the super yummy healthy recipe ideas. The Yumbox would be perfect to pack them into.

  38. Ally D on August 10, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Great ideas. With two kids gluten intolerant, one who doesn’t like sandwiches, and all three wanting variety (having the same thing two days in a row – you can’t be serious mum! ) I’m always looking for inspiration. Love the yumbox, it’s been on my want list for awhile now.

  39. Krista Wallis on August 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Ooh, the cookies look yummy! I’ll have to try them with my fussy pair.

  40. Kirsty on August 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Love your page!

  41. Jane on August 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    My little fella resists meat and eggs, so I really like the protein powder idea!! I would love to win a yumbox to put some of these great ideas in!!

  42. Debbie Mowatt on August 15, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks for the chance! My daughter would love this as she is one to take little bits of a lot of different things to school for lunch

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