Coming up with healthy lunch ideas for young kids can be quite challenging, but here’s an idea children can’t resist… put their favorite food on a stick!
Trust me, it works. There is something about mini skewers that are so appealing to kids (and adults). Don’t you love food on a stick!? Wouldn’t your kids love to open their lunch boxes to find all their favorite foods on a stick!
My toddler isn’t big on sandwiches yet, but if I give her all the elements from a sandwich and place them on a stick her face lights up and she happily eats it. In fact while photographing the food for this post, both of my kids stood by and waited for me to finish so they could eat it.
For teens skewers would work fine, but for younger kids I would use coffee stirrers, popsicle sticks, toothpicks or even mini straws. Here are some ideas that both my toddler and teen loved. I pack an ice pack in the lunch box so the food stays cool.
Mini Caprese Skewers
Grape tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls layered on a stick. If you cut the tomatoes in half diagonally they look like small hearts. For older kids add basil in between the tomatoes and pack a small container of balsamic vinaigrette.
Mini Shrimp, Tomato and Cucumber Skewers
My toddler recently discovered she loves shrimp. These mini skewers are made with all her favorite foods. Use a cookie cutter for the cucumbers and you won’t have to even peel them! If you want to make these for adults, add some feta cheese and olives and turn them into cute Greek Salad Skewers! Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is perfect for dipping.
Mini Ham, Cheese and Tomato Skewers
It’s almost like a chef’s salad on a stick. You could use turkey and whatever cheese your children enjoy. Pack a roll or some crackers on the side.
Mini Fruit Kabobs
Layer seasonal fruit on a stick and I’m sure they’ll eat it. Choose fruit that doesn’t brown easily such as berries and grapes. Yogurt makes the perfect fruit dip.