10 Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Your Child's Lunch Box

Coming up with creative and clever lunch ideas can be a challenge. Even more challenging is thinking of creative ways to add fruits and vegetables that our kids will actually eat. Below are ten quick and easy ideas for incorporating fruits and veggies into your daily lunch routine.

1. Mini bell peppers & hummus: Mini sweet bell peppers are a new favorite in our house. These can be packed with individual packs of hummus.

2. Homemade trail mix with dried fruit, nuts, & Cheerios: Take your children to the grocery with you and have them pick out a few dried fruits and nuts of their choice. Combine them with a whole grain cereal for a quick and easy trail mix. I also love this Pistachio-Chip Trail Mix.

3. All natural, no sugar added applesauce with graham crackers: We like to buy either the applesauce cups or squeezers. Our daughter likes to dip the graham crackers in the applesauce.

4. Apple slices with peanut butter: To keep the apple slices from browning, we squeeze a little lemon juice over them and pack the nut butter in a small separate container. Try the Mix-n-Match Peanut Butter Dip for a new alternative to peanut butter!

5. Carrot & Celery Sticks: with a small container of light ranch dressing for dipping. Try the Sweet & Savory Poppers to add more fruits and veggies!

6. Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and feta: Perfect lunch including the key food groups. Try the Zesty Pasta Salad or Packable Caesar Pasta Salad for a fun, veggie-packed pasta dish.

7. Strawberry & cheddar cheese kabob: Using a kabob stick, alternate fresh strawberries and cheddar cheese cubes.

8. Cashews & kiwi: Peel and slice fresh kiwi. Pack with ¼ cup cashews.

9. Graham cracker sandwiches with sliced banana & peanut butter: Kids love these little sandwiches. Or, try the PB Fruit Roll-up as a way to include different fruit!

10. Homemade Fruit Roll Ups: We love these Fruity Fun Rolls Ups as a sweet lunchbox treat.

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I use an Excalibur dehydrator and make my own "candy". I will blend frozen strawberries with a little water and then pour the liquid onto teflex sheets. Overnight I have all natural fruit leather. I roll it in parchment paper and tie it with ribbon. My kids love it and are the envy of their friends. I also buy over-ripe bananas, break them into largish chunks and dry them for about three days. They turn into "banana taffy" and the kids eat them by the jar full.

I've even dried raw butternut squash. My daughter loves it because it is chewy and sweet. I love it because she is getting great nutrition from what she thinks is a treat.


That's great that you've found your own way to make fruit an enjoyable snack! We have a Fruity Fun Roll-Ups and a Chili Lime & Kale Chips recipe that the kiddos may enjoy. If you try them, come back and comment on the recipes letting us know how the family enjoyed them.

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Happy healthy eating!

- Karin, Produce for Kids


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