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Adults, children and most cognitive organisms need food as fuel. ‘Brain-Food’ is an actual scientific concept and if you want to maximise how efficient the performance of your brain is, fuelling it with wholesome, nourishing food will certainly set you in the right direction.

Unfortunately, most mainstream snacks and processed foods are loaded with harmful chemicals, preservatives, colorings, saturated fat, artificial additives and added sugar. All of these have harmful effects on the body, but sugar is the most topical issue due to it being recognised as a leading factor in worldwide obesity, a known drug, and can cause cancer. The expose documentary, That Sugar Film, tells us that we should be very cautious of added sugar in food.

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Thankfully, a balanced plant-based diet can increase energy levels and improve your child’s overall health and well-being. If you’re struggling for ideas on what to make the kids for lunch or put in their lunchbox then look no further:

20 Easy and Healthy, Kid-Approved Recipes For Lunchbox Snacks

1. Peanut Butter Jelly Tip Protein Bars

Protein? Tick! PB & J without the PB & J? Tick! Does it get better than this plant-based take on a classic kid-friendly combo?

Get the recipe here.

2. Krispy Treats

Ever been to a child’s party where that one mom brought (often chocolate-covered) rice crispy treats? Thanks to this healthy, nostalgic recipe, you can enjoy the crunchy, chewy goodness of puffed rice with homemade marshmallows.

Get the recipe here.

3. Kale and Sweet Potato Chips

A fan of the texture and satisfying crunch that comes with opening a packet of potato crisps? This homemade version comes without all the nasty additives, and is a much tastier, and more wholesome alternative.

Get the recipe here.

4. Grilled Tempeh Sandwich

For your perfect protein-packed sandwich filler, this recipe will take your sandwich game to the next level, and is great for kids too.

Get the recipe here.

5. Sweet and Spicy Tortilla Chips

The flavor for this recipe is similar to that of Doritos, but boasts a far better health benefit. Pack some hummus or non-dairy sour cream and the kids will love it.

Get the recipe here.

6. Apple Pecan Pizza

As a general rule, pizza anything is a hit. What kiddo isn’t going to want to chow down a pizza with shaved apple slices, maple syrup and cinnamon?

Get the recipe here.

7. Spicy Stuffed Pitta

This is quick to make, and is a warm, filling meal. How could anyone turn down a stuffed pitta sandwich with lightly spiced courgette slices and juicy tomatoes?

Get the recipe here.

8. Pasta Salad

Everyone loves pasta right? If you want to mix it up from sandwiches in that packed lunch everyday, why not try this pasta salad, with steamed vegetables and a light dressing.

Get the recipe here.

9. Chickpea Salad

This chickpea salad is the perfect sandwich or wrap filling, or could be eaten by itself. The mashed chickpeas have a chicken-esque texture, and the sauce is the perfect creamy egg-free mayo.

Get the recipe here.

10. Loaded Sweet Potato

Sweet potato packed with kale, black beans and a homemade green dressing. This is your perfect easy lunch, or weeknight meal for the whole family.

Get the recipe here.

11. Vegan Sushi

Sushi is forever a hit with vegans and meat-eaters alike, and can easily be made to customizable tastes. This edition of fish-free sushi is the perfect size for lunchboxes.

Get the recipe here.

12. Rice Paper BLT

Tired of your over-used, but favourite sandwich spread? Use up the rest of that loaf of bread by making the ultimate vegan BLT, complete with crispy and believable rice paper ‘bacon’.

Get the ‘bacon’ recipe here.

13. Maple Coconut Bacon Chips

For trail mix, sandwich fillers or just pure snacking, this flavor combination is a hit with kids and adults. This sweet and smoky flavor is perfect, and coconut is better for the brain (and the environment) than bacon.

Get the recipe here.

14. Banana Chia Pudding With Mango Lime Puree

This is an easy snack, or light meal to include in any packed lunch. Packed with flavor and an abundance of nutrients, enjoy classic chia pudding with a tasty twist!

Get the recipe here.

15. Caramelised Cashew Granola Bars

It’s crunch time! Wanting to pack a delicious, nutty and caramel-toned granola bar in your child’s lunch? Reduce packaging waste and costs, by making these at home. Your kids could even join for a sweet afternoon of family fun.

Get the recipe here.

16. Banana Crumb Muffins

Muffins, sweet morsels of fluffy goodness. These banana crumb muffins are nice and quick to make, the perfect answer to what to make when you haven’t baked anything for lunch snacks.

Get the recipe here.

17. Nutty And Nutritious Muesli Bars

Our nutty and nutritious muesli bars are the perfect go-to snack to tide you, or your child through the day’s activities between meals. Plus, they are packed with fiber and protein!

Get the recipe here.

18. Sesame Tortilla Wraps

Wrap it up or chop and toast it up, however you eat our sesame tortilla wraps is guaranteed to be tasty. Also, these are yummier and more economical than store-brought wraps, and can be customised to suit your taste preference.

Get the recipe here.

19. Bounty Coconut Snack Balls

These snack balls are easy, and rather therapeutic to make. They are also filled with quality protein to maintain those energy levels.

Get the recipe here.

20. Overnight Oats

This is a common breakfast that is popular with busy people, as it can be prepared the night before and taken on-the-go, while rushing out the door. But, did you ever think that this fiber-rich, filling dish could be just as perfect for a make-ahead lunch?

Get the recipe here.

How do these recipes compare to what you put in their packed lunch? Share your go-to in the comments below, we’d love to hear!

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