LUNCHBOX IDEAS  FOR KIDS  |  Easy + Healthy Sandwich Alternatives + Bento Box

LUNCHBOX IDEAS FOR KIDS | Easy + Healthy Sandwich Alternatives + Bento Box

– Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. In today’s video, I’m going to be sharing with you some lunch box ideas. And this video has been
so highly requested, so I’m so glad I’m finally
filming it for you. So, in today’s video,
I’m gonna share with you five alternatives to sandwiches for lunch, and I’m also gonna show you three lunch boxes that I really love. If you’re new to my channel, then my name is Emily, and
I’m a mum of three boys, and I would love for you to
subscribe and stick around because I post lots of videos like this, and I would love to have you as a viewer. According to the NHS in the UK, a balanced lunch box would ideally include the following foods: starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes, or pasta, protein foods like meat, fish, eggs, or beans, falafels, chick peas, a dairy item, or calcium-rich foods such as cheese or yogurts, and vegetables or salad,
and a portion of fruit. So, first off, I’m going to show you three lunch boxes that I love. There are some great lunch
boxes and bags on the market that will make packing your kids’ lunches more fun for you and the kids. So, the first one is this one by Sistema. It’s great, it has lots of compartments, a big one at the bottom
for their main meal, maybe a sandwich, something like that. And there’s two other
compartments for sides. And the final compartment has a little refillable water bottle
in it, which is great because it’s a healthier,
cheaper, and more environmentally friendly way of adding a drink to your child’s lunch box. And this whole lunch box
was just five pounds. I think it was a bit of a bargain, and I will, of course,
link all of the lunch boxes that I show you you guys in
the description down below. I also really like these lunch boxes, and I’ve seen them so many places, in supermarkets, and online as well. There’s a nice big compartment in there, and it’s also insulated, and then there’s a place for the drink on the side. And the last lunch box I wanted to show you is called a Yumbox. It’s basically a bento
box, and perfect for kids that like snacky lunches,
like my son Caleb. When you open it up, there
are little compartments that also have really
handy reminders in them of things that you should
include in the lunch box. So, there’s one that says dairy. There’s one that says
fruits, veggies, grains, and protein as well, and there’s also a little, tiny pot in the middle, which you could put a little treat into, or hummus, or dips, something like that. This lunch box is a bit more pricey, but we get so much use out of it ’cause it’s perfect for toddler lunches, but also my eldest son Fraser loves helping me to make his own lunch. With this, he gets really excited about adding the bits to the compartments. So, for my first lunch
suggestion, I’m going to show you the kind of things that we would put into this little bento box for lunch. For my first bento box,
I’m putting some rolled ham into the protein compartment,
some Ritz crackers for the grains, then I’m
putting some cucumbers and chopped up cherry
tomatoes in the veggie bit, some satsumas and blueberries
into the fruit section, and some long slices of cheese
in the dairy or calcium bit. And then the tiny bit
in the middle is perfect for a few little treats. And there you have it. I love how colorful and
exciting this lunch looks. For the next one, I thought I would show you a veggie version. So, for the protein section in this one, I’ve just added a hard-boiled egg. This is so quick and easy to do. You can just boil it while
you’re making breakfast. For the grains, I’m putting
in some breadsticks. For veggies, I’m adding sugar
snap peas and cut-up peppers. These are some of my
kids’ favorite veggies, but obviously, you can
put anything into this. And then for the fruit section,
adding chopped-up grapes and raspberries, and for
pudding, today I’m actually going to decant the yogurt
right into that compartment. This seals really well, so
you can actually do this, and then I’m gonna also
add a few raisins on top of the yogurt, just to add
a bit to the pudding, and ’cause I had them. And then for that little,
tiny one in the middle, I’m gonna put some hummus
in there for dipping. My kids love hummus and breadsticks, and it’s a great source of protein. But these are so versatile, and they don’t actually take long to do. You could just chuck your leftovers, or anything you have, just picky bits. They’re really great for
days out with the kids, or for school lunches
as well, just something a bit different to the
traditional sandwich, and something that bit more exciting. Next up, I’m gonna show you how to make these mini fritatas. These are so quick and easy to do. They’re great for breakfast or lunch. You can batch-cook them, and actually freeze them for ease as well, and you can adapt the
recipe however you want to. Add whatever you want into these, but for today, I’m gonna
fry off some red peppers, just to soften them. Then I’m also gonna add in a handful of spinach, and soften that. Then, I’m going to whisk
up about four eggs, but you could make a much
bigger batch, if you wanted to. I’ve added a tiny bit of milk, and I’m also adding in
some grated cheddar cheese. Then, I’m gonna take my
pepper and spinach mixture and add about a tablespoon
into each muffin-case thing. I’ve actually greased them so
they’ll pop out a lot easier, but you could also use muffin
case papers, if you wanted to. Then, I’m going to pour
over the eggy-cheese mixture over these, not all the way to the top, ’cause they will rise a bit. Then, I just put it into
the oven at 180 for about 10 minutes, or until they
look done, and that is it. They are so easy and so delicious. Pasta is a great
alternative to sandwiches. Leftovers is probably the easiest way to send it in with your kids, but if not, this is a
really simple pasta salad. All you have to do is take some cooked pasta and add some pesto. I’ve added two heaped teaspoons here, then I’m also gonna add
a squeeze of mayonnaise, and then you can add in any other ingredients that your kids like. I’m adding in some
veggies, and a little bit of protein as well, in the form of ham. Sweet corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes, but whatever your kids like. If they just want it plain, or if they just want ham and cheese, or if they only like
tomatoes, whatever you want. You can be really versatile with this, and it will give them
a really hearty lunch. Little wraps is another
food that my kids love. Sometimes they don’t want loads of starchy bread for lunch,
so wraps is a great one. Again, you can add pretty much
anything you want into these. Today I’m making little
roast chicken salad ones. So, I’ve put some mayo in, I’m adding some roast chicken slices,
some cucumber and salad, but as I said, you can
do anything in these. You can do hummus and chicken, or just ham and cheese if you want to. You can add anything, and what I do is actually cut it into threes. I don’t know why, but
any kind of mini food appeals more to my kids,
and it looks really cute. So, yeah, that’s another really easy one. Similar to wraps is pitta pockets. You basically just cut a pitta in half, and then add any contents that you want. Today I thought I would
show you a veggie version, so I’m adding some hummus, some falafel, and then some salad as well, but again you could put
anything into these. If your kids are fussy, and
they only want ham and cheese, or if they only want cheese
and tomato, whatever it is. And something really
cool about this is that you can actually put
these into the toaster, if you want to warm them up. Just put the sealed side down obviously, and stick it into the
toaster and it will melt, and it will kind of toast a little bit, and they’re really yummy. Right, so those are my lunch box ideas. I really hope you liked them. Please give this video a
big thumbs-up if you did, and I’ll know to make
more videos like this. Let me know in the comments
which one was your favorite. I thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you soon. ‘Bye guys!

Daniel Yohans

100 thoughts on “LUNCHBOX IDEAS FOR KIDS | Easy + Healthy Sandwich Alternatives + Bento Box

  1. Mrs KFK says:

    So many good ideas. Loved this video ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

  2. Melissa Wardle says:

    Great video with a boy on packed lunch as school meals are horrendous in our school I often fall in a loop but have some ideas now to shake things up xx

  3. Varvara Gryaznova says:

    Good one! Snacks ideas are super-useful.

  4. Colie B says:

    Love this video would love to see more meal ideas for my little one thank you !

  5. Gacha Puppy says:

    Yummy Lunches ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‹

  6. Emma Blakeley says:

    Wow thanks Emily I think my son must be so fed up with ham and salad cream sandwiches everyday! ๐Ÿ˜‚ x

  7. Heather Hardaker says:

    Great ideas ! My kids love wraps but they like me to put all the bits in so they can make there own at school . Iโ€™ve not since the third lunch box before ! Xx

  8. Natalia Talamali says:

    Hi Emily great video but my kids donโ€™t like any veggies ๐Ÿ™ real struggle to. I love the snack container I must buy it once my toddler start preschool in another 1;year or 2

  9. Sophie says:

    Lol the pasta seemed alive with the imcreased video speed ๐Ÿคฃ

  10. Kate Bone says:

    This lunch box is a game changer; you are definitely my go to Vlogger to make my life easier! xx

  11. Sonia Benhamed says:

    I love them all! And I love being creative while preparing the lunches ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for ideas Em xx

  12. Sandra Mรผhl says:

    Thank you! Have been very uninspired lately!

  13. Nessa B says:

    I love these types of videos from you Emily. Keep them coming please. This was so helpful as I run out of ideas sometimes. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks very much!

  14. Laurennn L says:

    Would love a part 2 with more ideas! โค๏ธ

  15. Katherine Hegarty says:

    Awesome ideas and recipes! My son has his first day of kindergarten tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜ญ (we are in Australia). I got him the sistema lunch box and weโ€™ve been doing practice lunches at home, itโ€™s great!

  16. Miss Maddy says:


  17. Shannon Moore says:

    great snack idea!

  18. Lauren Danielle says:

    These are my favorite videos! Great contentโค๏ธ

  19. Lana Burgos says:

    Love all the lunch ideas!

  20. Catherine Sammut says:

    Great video Emily! Thank you xx

  21. Naomi Rachel says:

    Love this video! My 16 month old and I love our Yumbox and itโ€™s such a great way of keeping lunches fun x

  22. Amanda McNally says:

    Such a brilliant video, feel as if I can get stuck in a rut with packed lunch ideas. Love the pitta pockets idea and the box with all the sections ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•xxx

  23. Kimmy Rose says:

    Great ideas x

  24. Keira Jones says:

    Great ideas ๐Ÿ™‚
    I use lunch boxes similar to the first one you showed and on the bottom layer I use silicone muffin holders, to give it a bento style ( the sandwich compartment on top keeps them in place)
    I usually do, ham and tomato quesadillas instead of sandwiches
    then in the muffin trays I do, grapes, sliced cucumber and carrot, pretzels and ham or cut up sausages, with an apple and a yogurt in the two bigger side compartments.
    I love seeing what other people put in theirs

  25. Rachel Fairs says:

    My little girl has thรฉ same sistema box and a yum box they are both really good we've had them ages thรฉ yum box is really good if we go somewhere for the day and we want to take lots of different snacks we've put mayo and all different dips in the little round section and it never leeks, just make sure you had wash it to keep it at its best .x

  26. alexuni92 says:

    I'm not even married yet but i'm ready to raise my future kids thanks to your amazing channel. I only have 1 question….why did you leave that poor snap pea out of the bento box, all by itself?! :p

  27. Angela Curran says:

    Great ideas for days out. My son gets a free hot meal in p1 so he only gets a packed lunch on days when he insists he doesn't like what's on the menu. I don't like to make school packed lunches very exciting as I worry it will discourage him from trying what's on offer at school!

  28. magicalil says:

    I really loved this video Emily. Hope you could make more in the near future! It would be great to see how you pack all the food that you prepared into the kid's lunchboxes. Sometimes I really get into a rut and clueless on how to pack the food for my son. Also, does the yoghurt keep well until lunch?

  29. The Great Papyrus says:

    I have the sistema lunchbox and all my food is too big for the lunchbox๐Ÿ˜”

  30. Laurenteamec says:

    I will most definitely be making those frittatas, thanks for the ideas.

  31. Corinne Pringle says:


  32. Stephanie Billing says:

    Love this video, Emily! My 2 girls are super fussy, but I think they would really love these ideas ๐Ÿคž

  33. Francesca Attard says:

    Wonderful ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ you should make a video for lunch ideas for working adults too ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Imo's Asim says:

    Hey Emily, itโ€™s so nice to see your cheerful face, love the rainbow t- shirt. Some really good ideas, I use the sistema box; itโ€™s perfect but I do like the yum box too, something to invest in later as a little pricey.

    Great lunch ideas, my girls donโ€™t eat school lunches so I also come up with lots of different ideas to entice them lol, I have made those frittatas and my girls love them, great work x take care of yourself x
    Love from Scotland x

  35. Karen says:

    I love the wee bento box, so cute!

  36. Mia Sam says:

    I like yumbox, they are the best ones!! I have been using it for over 4 years ๐Ÿ‘

  37. Nadia khattak says:

    Thanks a lot Emily, I have three kids, two of them go to school and preparing lunch for them is alway a difficult task. Thanks for sharing such great ideas, will definitely try them.

  38. Lindsey Denny says:

    Going out tomorrow and buying bento boxes for my 3 kids. Super ideas Emily- thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  39. Natalie Njume Sone says:

    Hi Emily,
    Great video.. I was in a lunchbox rut. ๐Ÿ’กPs I'm wearing my River Island ๐ŸŒˆ jumper with today..where is your t-shirt from? Will check out the sistema link below

  40. alura434 says:

    This was such an amazing video Emily! I love all of your videos, but your food ones are my very favorite. I have very picky eaters and Iโ€™ve used so many of your tips. I love the visual aspect of your videos, everything is so colorful and bright and appealing. I love the way you show us all your little tips and tricks. Iโ€™m so excited to try these ideas with my son. Thank you!

  41. Elizabeth Monks says:

    Hi Emily, i love your videos! I was happy to see your vegan shampoo and mentioning that itโ€™s enviromentally friendly to take a reusable water bottle to school. We can all make small changes and Iโ€™m trying to be better now I have a daughter to think about as well. Youโ€™re amazing ๐Ÿ˜

  42. mommyof3 says:

    Do you make the wraps the night before?
    Great ideas!

  43. Pamela Milne says:

    Love this kind of video, always looking for ideas for healthy tempting lunches! Thanks for this ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Christopher Kenyon says:

    I found your channel so helpful and youโ€™re one of my favourite YouTubers

  45. Lilu Dempsey says:

    Are u from the USA or the uk??

  46. George Chalke says:

    Hi Emily great video ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Charlotte long says:

    โค๏ธโค๏ธ favourite family on YouTube. By far ๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

  48. Raising Minerva says:

    Some wonderful ideas here! I love that bento lunchbox!

  49. Danielle Bach says:

    Such great ideas! There is an Aussie dad on Instagram who posts lots of bento box ideas for his kids. His Insta name is schoollunchbox. I don't know him personally but his ideas are awesome ๐Ÿ‘

  50. Gabs Op says:

    Love these โค๏ธ

  51. Luna Lovegood says:

    You can also have breadsticks with some cream cheese

  52. Pri T says:

    Really enjoyed watching this.would love my kids to be at more veg

  53. sky bee says:

    I really needed this video thnks emily it really helps!! Now i need choose which lunchbox to get! ๐Ÿคฃ

  54. S Blackburn-Fisher says:

    Loved the lunch box ideas Emily ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘thanks

  55. Rafeeyna Teaching says:

    Great ideas

  56. Kerryn Pearson says:

    Love the easy frittatas and salad but all of it was great. Love to see any other ideas u have

  57. Jacqui says:

    Awesome love new ideas!

  58. Katie Thomas says:

    I love these ideas and how you suggested small changes just in case, because not all kids are the same as far as preferences. My daughter loves rice, pasta, salty meats and veggies and yogurt but doesn't care for chicken or bananas as much. Funny! We love to use small containers in her lunch box.

  59. G๋กœ์„ธ says:

    What a great mom you are maam. I salute you. New subscriber here.

  60. Fiona Squire says:

    I've just found you ….. and i'm so glad. Would absolutely like more lunch box ideas, and some dinner ones too would be fab please xx

  61. Seven awesome rainbow budgies says:

    I'm a kid and I use these hacks!

  62. elastingirl says:

    Frittata muffins yay!!! My toddler likes eggs. Me too ๐Ÿ™‚ hubby won't refuse them either as work lunch x

  63. Hello World says:

    Makes me want to make bento boxes for my lunch

  64. Itz AK says:

    I have the exact same one as the first lunch box

  65. Asra Tahseen says:

    Hi Emily. I appreciate if you share more lunch box videos .great job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’“

  66. magical unicorn says:

    You used a YumBox I just got is from The Family Fuge because they all ways use YumBoxs like if you watch The family Fuge and who is your fav my fav is Makenzy who do you like out of Makenzy,Lily or Jackson I hope you liked my comment you are all great people and have a great morning,afternoon or night or even anay time you want omg thx for likes

  67. random commenter says:

    Poor Dailub, he must get bullied at school for his baby lunchbox ๐Ÿ˜” (sorry if I spelt his name wrong)

  68. Chelsea Amodu says:

    Are you related to the norris nut

  69. Lindsey super mum says:

    Id love to see another video like this i found it so useful

  70. Xavier Robert peter says:

    Good ideas for kids lunch.

  71. Muriel Shures says:

    I can make it best food aboylur

  72. Slime Videos says:

    This is such a great video. Fantastic lunch ideas. I definitely want to try these.

  73. Macrina Ruiz says:

    The best and easiest ideas Iโ€™ve seen so far! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

  74. winter july says:

    i don't get why british kids need lunch boxes๐Ÿค”is there no breakfast and/or lunch provided, at least in primary school? where I'm from, breakfast is mandatory by law for the school to supply (not free don't get me wrong) up until gcse, lunch will be supplied always as well but not everyone will have it, some for financial reasons, some only like home food (it is healthy diverse menu nevertheless), some eat straight after coming home etc

  75. serkalem Atlaw says:

    please wright recipes thanks!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Geneva White says:

    and takes Michelle s kids fu for job do NeviJob do for after Michelle s Kids at feed kids

  77. sky bee says:

    How are there only 10 comments for this video?

  78. Ashley Emma, Author Mom says:

    These kids lunch box ideas have been going around YouTube but yours was by far the best in my opinion! Super healthy and fun food ideas.

  79. Rosalind Taylor says:

    I'm called Emily too but my mum calles me Em

  80. athena energy Shine says:

    I am not a kid but I take lunches so I enjoy watching any kind of lunch ideas that are easy

  81. Brittany Elizabeth Murray says:

    nice! I've been looking for healthy lunch ideas. Will try some of these for my kiddos as they return to school next week! Thanks for sharing with us!

  82. Brittany Elizabeth Murray says:

    love the yum box!

  83. Ti Jay says:

    Processed meat is a known to cause cancer and dairy is really bad for our bodies, all the plant based items are so good for our bodies and are so tasty and very healthy , that pasta dish with the quorn meat free vegan chicken or vegan ham slices taste the same and don't cause cancer , that veggie version is in fact vegan too and it is super good , you can have the same tasting food but the plant based versions don't have animal fats that cause the long list of diseases xxx

  84. Jessica J says:

    Great ideias!!! Thanks ๐Ÿ’

  85. tribefenatic says:

    if your kids are running about or running to catch the bus wouldnt the yoghurt spill over the place inside the lunch box?

  86. Sara Barry says:

    I really loved these ideas! Thank you for sharing. I think my kids will enjoy these ideas as well!

  87. Fluffypigs. says:

    I have the first one and I LIVE for it and mine was ยฃ2 cause I bought mine the week before school

  88. Rachel Scott says:

    Love them so much

  89. Beverly Dogan says:

    lovely ideas im having ago right now making the mini breakfast muffins :O) there in the oven right now ! my boys also have the yumboxs and ive got flasks ready for pasta rice snacks ๐Ÿ™‚
    my boys are fussy eaters so im hoping the muffins go down well lol thank you for sharing
    ps my yum boxes go in the boys smiggle lunch bags xx

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  91. Sarah Lynn says:

    โ€œSheโ€™s beautiful.โ€ – Zoey (my 3 year old)

  92. Erika Lopez says:

    Where can I buy these lunch boxes

  93. Stephanie Laura says:

    I wish I was you as a Mum! You're so perfect ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

  94. WONDER WOMEN says:

    Wow lovely fun & healthy kids lunches.

  95. noorie imran says:

    Love the ideas, please do more x
    also fridge organisation for school lunches xx

  96. Vaishali Samant says:

    Loved all the ideas.Thanks for sharing,I am going to def try these this week in my sonsโ€™s lunch box.Keep posting,Subscribed now โค๏ธ

  97. Oznur Mete says:

    You are a fantastic mum Emily! I came across with your videos when I was pregnant and now my son is two. Since then I implemented countless tips from you to our life. You make a difference. Thank you! XXX

  98. FI SOA says:

    The tortillas look so dry

  99. Siham Hbak says:

    A like you're chanel

  100. Boom Boom says:

    Omg they look so good but my sรดn is a picky eater he will eat none of the above ;((((( cry a river

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