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Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Children

Packing a healthy as well as a tasty lunch box for children is no more a challenging task. Learn more about healthy lunch box ideas right away.

Most of the mothers complain that their children do not finish what is packed in their lunch box. There can be several reasons behind this issue. Either children must be bored of eating the same type of lunch every day or they must be eating something that is sold in the canteen. Although, it is alright to eat in a canteen once in a while, it should not become a habit. So, the key to break this habit is to provide them with a healthy and tasty food in their lunch box. Here are some interesting lunch box ideas for children, take a quick look at them right away.

Top 5 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Take a quick look at lunch box ideas for children right away.

Dosa and Chutney

Dosa and chutney is one of the healthy and favourite food items of children. It is very simple to make dosa batter and it is very easy to make dosas on non-stick dosa Tava. All you need to do is soak Urad Dal or split black lentils and Rice in the morning. If you take one cup of Urad Dal, you must take two cups of rice. Wash them properly before soaking them in the morning and grind them well at night. After grinding it put a pinch of cooking soda in it. The next morning batter is ready to use. Once the batter is ready it can be stored in a refrigerator and used for two to three days.


Paratha is one of the simple recipes that can be made using any vegetable. If no vegetable is available, it can be made using cheese or left-over Bhaji as well. All you need to do is while rolling chapatti add some vegetables in it. Paratha can be given to children along with tomato ketch-up or chutney.

Idlis and Chutney

Idlis are also very simple and easy to prepare. All you need to have is a idli vessel. You need to make batter in the same way as you make for dosa. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is that ensure that you make the batter a little thicker so that it does not drip from the vessel.


Poha can be made ready within a few minutes. The ingredients that are required for making poha are flat rice, curry leaves, coriander leaves, onion, green chillies, turmeric powder, mustard and cumin seeds, salt and sugar for taste and oil for seasoning. Take Kadhai and pour oil in it. After oil gets heated, put cumin and mustard seeds in it and let it splutter. After the seeds get spluttered, put curry leaves, chopped onion and chopped chillies in Kadhai.

Once the ingredients in Kadhai get a little cooked, wash flat rice and before it becomes very soft put it in Kadhai by soaking the additional water in it. After putting flat rice, you can put turmeric powder, salt and sugar for taste and chopped coriander leaves. Mix all the ingredients well and your perfect poha is ready to serve.


Umpa is also one of the easy to prepare lunch box items for children. The ingredients that are required for making Upma include semolina, onion, green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, mustard and cumin seeds, split black lentils, roasted peanuts, (Urad Dal), water, salt and sugar for taste and oil. Once you gather all the ingredients take Kadhai and put oil as per the requirement. When the oil gets heated put mustard seeds, cumin seeds, split black lentils and curry leaves in the Kadhai. After these ingredients splutter properly, put onion, green chillies and roasted peanuts in it. Let these ingredients cook for a while on low flame and then add water to it.

While the other ingredients are cooking, roast semolina in a pan on a low flame till you get a good aroma from it. Add the roasted semolina to the Kadhai with other ingredients. Add sugar and salt as per taste and put coriander leaves. Mix the ingredients well and ensure that you mix it till the consistency becomes according to your requirement. If the consistency becomes very thick, you can add more water to it.

List of Other Simple and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

Here is the list of other simple, healthy and easy to prepare lunch box ideas for children.        
  • Brown bread, jam and cheese sandwich

  • Brown bread vegetable sandwich

  • Mixed fruit salad

  • Chapati-jam rolls

  • Khichdi

  • Lemon rice

  • Chapati-omlet rolls

  • Chapati cheese rolls

  • Chapati-chutney rolls

  • Vegetable cutlets etc
You can use your own creativity as well by keeping your child’s likes and dislikes in mind in order to pack a healthy and a tasty lunch box for your child. Make sure that you avoid packing junk food in your child’s tiffin. Try to cook food that you prepare for your child in as little oil as possible to make it a healthier option.

How to pack a healthy as well as a tasty tiffin? How to boost interest of children in healthy eating? Which are the simple, healthy and easy-to-prepare lunch box ideas? Discuss here.

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