5 Super Quick Super Healthy Lunchbox Ideas for Kids

Need some new inspiration for healthy lunchbox ideas for your child, but also ones that don’t take long to make? Dan Sweeney, nutritionist and personal trainer, has created 5 super quick super healthy lunchbox ideas for kids and we recorded him live to show just how easy it is to make them too:

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Kids lunches live demo with Dan Sweeney Personal Training

Posted by Mykidstime on Monday, 29 August 2016

#1. Banana Bread

This home made banana bread uses agave syrup to lower the sugar content and is ideal for slicing and including in the lunchbox.


  • 300g Oats
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbs Agave Syrup
  • 50ml Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 75g Raspberries


  1. Preheat your oven to 180’C.
  2. Mash the bananas. Place the bananas in a large bowl with the eggs, agave syrup and coconut oil. Mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the oats, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Next, fold in your raspberries.
  4. Line a bread tin with parchment paper and pour in the mix.
  5. Bake for 45 – 50 mins until crispy on top and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool for 30 mins.

#2. Granola Bars

Rather than buying cereal bars, make your own so you know exactly what’s gone into them.


  • 150g Oats
  • 50ml Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Agave
  • 30g Chia Seeds
  • 30g Linseeds
  • 30g Pumpkin Seeds
  • 20g Goji Berries
  • Drizzle of coconut water


  1. Preheat your oven to 180’C.
  2. Melt your coconut oil in a microwave or over heat. Pour into a large bowl and add your agave syrup.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, leaving out the coconut water for now. Mix well with your hands. If the mixture is not as sticky as you would like, add a drizzle of coconut water.
  4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and transfer your mix onto the sheet.
  5. Bake for 30 – 35 mins until browned on top. Leave to cool for 30 mins before cutting into bars or bite sized pieces.

#3. Jam Jar Salad

This particular combination of ingredients may not be for every child but the options are endless, so play around to include all the ingredients your child likes. Get them to help with the layering too!


  • 75g Cooked Couscous
  • ½ grated Carrot
  • 1 Tbsp Fat Free Natural Yogurt
  • Sliced Cucumber
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • 2 Sliced Cherry Tomatoes
  • 15g Feta Cheese
  • Sesame Seeds


Simply layer your jar as shown and it’s ready to go!

#4. Flavoured Water

Water is vital for our overall wellbeing but it can be difficult to get kids to drink enough. Why not try to make it more exciting by adding one or a few of these ingredients to your child’s water?


Choice of flavouring:

  • Slices of orange or
  • 1 Apple or
  • Handful of mashed raspberries or
  • Handful of mashed strawberries or
  • Slices of lemon
  • Slices of lime


Just add chopped or mashed or sliced ingredient to your water and mix. You may also want to think about using a flask which is not see through as many kids can be fussy about seeing the ingredients in the water!

#5. Blackberry Jam

This is perfect as a snack on a rice cake or cracker.


  • 150g Blackberries
  • 20g Chia Seeds
  • Drizzle of agave syrup


Whiz the blackberries in a microwave for 1 minute, covering with a microwave protector to ensure the berries don’t end up all over the microwave! Remove, mash and add the chia seeds and agave. Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Dan Sweeney is a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist on a mission to improve the health of others and to make living a healthy life that bit easier. Dan aims to tackle the obesity epidemic which currently sweeps across much of the world. He is working with many schools and children in an effort to improve our children’s knowledge of nutrition. Dan’s vision has seen many others join in his mission of helping achieve our optimal health. Find Dan on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on Snapchat @dansweeneypt.

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls