Are you a mother who always has to spend hours thinking of healthy lunch ideas for your teenagers? Preparing lunch is challenging, especially for teenagers who have their own preferences, routines, and spurt appetites. Their tantrums may even push you to order takeaways but don’t give in to them.
Instead, read this article to find some inspiration for packed lunch ideas for teenagers. Being a mother of a 14-year old, I can swear by these tasty and healthy lunch ideas for teenagers.
Packed Lunch Ideas for Teenagers
1. Mini Salmon Quiches
Quiches with salmon in it? Your teenage kids will love this lunch idea! Mini quiches are incredibly easy to make and can be frozen for use later. Just buy puff pastry from your nearest grocery store and prepare a quiche crust. Fill it with a mixture of smoked salmon, scallions, and cream cheese. You can also add other vegetables of your choice. Bake a large batch so you can freeze them for later too!
2. Grilled Chicken Pitas
Pita bread is one of the best ingredients you can find for quick and healthy lunch ideas. Take it from a mother of two who always resorts to pita bread when I run out of lunch ideas. You can literally prepare a hundred different kinds of meals with pita bread.
Spread your kid’s favorite sauce on a pita bread and add strips of grilled chicken, tomatoes, onions and cucumber. Top it off with shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese and roll it into a nice round pita roll. Congratulations. You have prepared a tasty and healthy lunch in only half an hour!
3. Scrambled Egg Muffins
If your kid loves eggs, you can go innovative and bake scrambled egg muffins for a tasty lunch. It’s super simple and quick. Just whisk eggs and milk together, add the ingredients of your choice (broccoli, mushrooms, crumbled sausage, spinach, peppers, cheese), and pour the mixture in a muffin tin to bake for 20 minutes. Your teenage kids will be a fan of this quick and tasty egg muffin lunch idea!
4. Chicken Salad and Cheese Sandwich
For much healthier lunch options, you can opt for a whole wheat chicken salad and cheese sandwich for your kids. Prepare a salad with your child’s favorite vegetables and add grilled chicken cubes to the salad.
Now grab two slices of whole wheat bread and spread this salad onto the slice. Top it off with some feta or blue cheese and put the bread together to make a sandwich. You can also toast your bread beforehand to prepare a crunchy sandwich.
5. Turkey Gyros
Here’s another pita bread recipe for a healthy lunch. Season your turkey with Greek seasoning and grill it. Now take a pita bread, put some grilled turkey strips, add feta cheese, sprinkle some dill-cucumber sauce and you will have a tasty and healthy gyro. Serve it with some air-fried fries and your children will forget Chipotle!
6. Teriyaki Chicken with Rice
Teriyaki chicken with rice is a great meal-prep option that allows you to prepare several portions for all your kids together. Prepare some chicken glazed in teriyaki sauce and serve it with boiled rice. You can add some broccoli to the plate to add fiber and crunch in the meal. This is a pretty filling and satisfying lunch option for your kids.
7. Oatmeal with Fruits & Nuts
If you have a no-fuss teenager who likes oatmeal, then oatmeal with fruits and nuts is a very healthy and filling lunch idea for your kid. Not only will it fulfill the daily fiber requirements but also leave your kid feeling full for a long time. Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, walnuts, almonds, and pecans go really well with oatmeal.
8. Avocado Toast with Egg
An avocado toast with egg is something that your kids will always say yes to! This quick and easy lunch can be prepared in less than ten minutes. All you have to do is just mash the avocado in a bowl and add salt and pepper to it for flavor.
Now cook your favorite egg in a nonstick pan for a while. Next, toast your bread, spread the mashed avocado over it and top it off with the egg. You can also add your favorite sauce or some cheese on the top to make it tastier.
9. BLT Salad Sandwich
This BLT salad sandwich is very delish with whole wheat bread and hard-boiled eggs. Chop some hard-boiled eggs, add shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, crumbled cooked bacon, your favorite seasonings and mix all the ingredients together.
Now take a slice of whole wheat bread, put some lettuce over it, and add the egg and bacon salad mixture on top. Put the sandwich together and you will have a tasty and healthy lunch for your teenager.
10. Club Sandwich
You can never go wrong with a classic club sandwich. Club sandwiches can be made with various combinations of ingredients. For a healthy and delicious club sandwich, you can add turkey, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, and some scrambled eggs to satisfy your teen’s appetite and cravings! Feel free to add the fillings of your kid’s choice to make sure they finish all of it.
These are some of the best packed lunch ideas for teenagers. If you were looking for tasty and healthy lunch ideas, I hope these 10 ideas will help you to get by for a couple of months!