Send a little holiday cheer to your kiddos at school with this Christmas School Lunch for Toddlers + Kids. A festive school lunch that is delicious, healthy and allergy friendly!
As you probably know by now, I am that crazy mom that scrolls through Pinterest at 11pm trying to find amazing seasonally themed school lunch inspiration for my kiddos bento boxes <——— 2019 goal is to stop being so damn crazy;)
And while I did found some amazing Christmas themed food for my kid’s lunches (see list below), the problem came at 6am the next morning when I started packing lunches. Everything required too many steps! Or maybe I am just too lazy? Or maybe I didn’t have enough time? Or coffee? Maybe I should get back to the habit of packing lunches at night?
Because I was short on time, I threw away all of my amazing pinterest inspiration and started pulling out anything and everything in my fridge that was green or red. Turns out, there was a lot in there!
Then with a little chop, slice, dice and little holiday sprinkle magic, this fun and festive lunch got pulled together in roughly 5 minutes! Which left me with 3.5 minutes to take a shower, get dressed and pour another cup of coffee before I had to leave for school drop-off.
Elliette and Parker both told me how much they loved their fun lunches (this usually doesn’t happen) and requested that I send them with a new and exciting Christmas lunch every day (this is not going to happen). Which means this healthy Christmas Lunch is going to be on repeat for the next 8 days.
Hope your kiddos love it as much as mine did!
REASON I LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS SCHOOL LUNCH FOR TODDLERS + KIDS –
- It’s easy to make (takes less then 5 minutes!!)
- It’s full of festive cheer and will put a smile on their faces
- It can easily be made allergy friendly – nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free!
- It’s healthy and delicious and will be devoured by your kids
OTHER FUN HOLIDAY FOODS TO PACK IN YOUR KIDS SCHOOL LUNCH:
- Reindeer Sandwiches
- Holiday Ornament Stackers
- Perfectly Trimmed Pita Trees
- String Cheese Snowmen
- Grape Grinch Kabobs
- Christmas Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwiches
- Crispy Vegetable Trees
- Cheese Wedge Reindeer
Tree Sandwich with Sprinkle Ornaments – I made this sandwich with cream cheese and jam on whole wheat bread (you can easily use GF bread here if needed). You can also make it with the classic pb&j (or sb&j if needed). After making the sandwich, with the palm of your hand, lightly smoosh down the bread until it is about half the original height and the bread is almost molded together. Using a tree cookie cutter, cut out the tree shape. To make the ornaments, take a wide straw or very small circle cookie cutter and cut holes into the first layer of bread. Gently peel the first layer of bread away. Sprinkle each hole with fun sprinkles and gently press down sprinkles so they stick.
Hummus with Green Veggies – fill a small container with plain hummus and then add a side of any green veggies your kiddos prefer – broccoli, sliced baby zucchini, sliced cucumbers, green beans, snap peas, etc. I added broccoli and sliced baby zucchini.
Kiwi + Pomegranate Seeds – chopped kiwi with pomegranate seeds sprinkled on top. So simple but looks so festive.
Strawberries + Raspberries – chopped strawberries and raspberries make for a punch of color.
Craisins – served for a healthy treat. You could also add in mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips or a small holiday cookie instead.
MORE SCHOOL LUNCH BOX INSPIRATION YOU’LL LOVE:
- 9 Best Kids Bento Boxes for School (expert review)
- 10 Allergy-Friendly School Lunch Box Ideas for Kids
- 10 Easy + Healthy School Lunch Ideas
- 5 School Lunch Box Packing Tips (FREE Printables!)
- Complete School Lunch Survival Guide
- 36 Healthy Lunch Box Recipes for Kids (that they will love)
- 68 Preschool and Kindergarten School Lunch Ideas (healthy)
- Little Bento: 32 Irresistible Bento Box Lunches for Kids
- 2 pieces bread whole wheat, white, gluten-free
- 1 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 tbsp jam
- 1 tbsp sprinkles holiday colors
- Place the 2 pieces of bread on a cutting board. Spread the cream cheese and jam on seperate pieces of bread where they cookie cutter will line up (don't have to spread all the way to the edges). Sandwich the cream cheese and jam together.
- Lightly press the bread with your palm of your hand lightly smoosh down the bread until it is about half the original height and the bread is molded together.
- Using a tree cookie cutter, cut out the tree shape.
- To make the ornaments, take a wide straw or very small circle cookie cutter and cut holes into the first layer of bread. Gently peel the first layer of bread away.
- Sprinkle each hole with fun sprinkles and gently press down sprinkles so they stick.