Lunchbox ideas that keep kids tummy’s full and happy

We've all been there - the early-morning scramble, thinking on our feet as we try and come up with new and exciting options for the kids to take to school or kindy!

Oh... and preferably it'll be healthy!

You scour the kitchen, glancing at the Vegemite jar screaming at you from just inside the pantry, wondering whether you could get away with just one more sandwich lunch.

But you know that you'll be hearing about how hungry they were this afternoon, and how Nancy's mum packed her a gluten-free, organic grass-fed sausage stew.

Okay... I'm being slightly dramatic! But I know you've felt it to. Sheepishly packing the lunchbox into your child's backpack, hoping to dear-god that no-one notices she's had the same thing every day this week (and the last... and.... well you get my point!).

With just a tiny bit of preparation, you can kick lunchbox overwhelm and sandwich shame right under the school bus - for good!

Each of the scrumptious, nutritious and filling ideas in this post can be prepared ahead of time, ticking off one more thing from your morning routine!

PLUS! These A-grade lunchbox ideas are just as yummy and exciting for us big-kids-at-heart too! So you don't need to worry about preparing something extra for yourself!

Gluten-FREE Pie

This delicious gluten-free pie is perfect to cut up and pop in the lunch box. I even get the girls help making this one - you can see us going through the whole process over on this blog post.

Healthy doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil Coconut Bliss Balls

Gluten-FREE Chicken & Cauliflower Lasagne

I'm definitely no chef, and my free-spirited nature means that following a recipe doesn't necessarily come easy to me!

So this recipe usually gets changed up a little and is made out of whatever ingredients I have that need using up in the fridge!

Go ahead, use the below as your base and experiment with what works for you and your kids!


  1. 1 & 1/2 Packets of Gluten Free Lasagne Sheets (I use San Remo)

  2. 500gms Chicken Meat (diced)

  3. 1 can diced Tomatoes

  4. 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste

  5. 1/2 a Cauliflower head

  6. 1 Can Corn

  7. (I would have loved to have added mushrooms but ran out)

  8. 2 cups of boiled water or broth

  9. Herbs and spices of choice: I used Turmeric, Salt, Pepper, 2 Basil leaves, (which I took out once sauce was cooked), Oregano (Like ALWAYS lol

  10. Cheese, 1 hand full of cheese of choice...


In a nutshell...


  1. Brown the meat in a frypan

  2. Add in the vegies of your choice, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, herbs, spices and water/broth.

  3. Allow it to cook.

Lasagne Sheets:

  1. Whilst doing that I had water boiling on the side and cooked the gluten free pasta sheets. Be careful they will stick together if you don't continue to separate.


  1. Prepare your baking dish by putting some sauce on the bottom, then a layer of lasagne sheets, then sauce, then get the point!

  2. Cover the top with cheese.

  3. Pop into the oven for about 20 min..

Serve with a side of fresh salad.

It's such a family favourite of ours as it's so delicious (and perfect for using up whatever veggies you need to!

This recipe serves my family at least twice, making it perfect for dinner one night and leftovers for lunch the next!

Lemony Bliss Balls

Healthy doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil Coconut Bliss Balls


  • 1 Cup of Almond Meal

  • 1 Cup of Desiccated Coconut

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil

  • 2 Tbsp Raw Honey (or Agave Syrup)

  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced

  • Finely grated zest of a whole lemon

  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil

  • 1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut extra for rolling


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, spoon out mixture and roll into balls and roll in coconut.

  2. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.

Note: these do contain nuts (almond meal)- so make sure it's okay for your child to take in their lunchbox first!

Lemony Coconut Slice

Healthy doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil Coconut Bliss Balls


  • 1/2 Lemon Juiced

  • Finely grated zest of a whole lemon

  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil

  • 1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut extra for rolling

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup Icing Sugar (sifted)

  • 2 Tablespoons boiling water

  • 1 Tablespoon soft Butter

  • 6 drops dōTERRA lemon essential oil

  • 2 Tablespoons Desiccated Coconut (to sprinkle on the icing)


  1. Line a small slice tray with greaseproof paper.

  2. Crush biscuits till fine (I put the biscuits in 2 ziplock bags and use the end of a rolling pin)

  3. In a small saucepan, combine condensed milk and butter, and bring to the boil over low heat (stir to combine).

  4. Take the saucepan off the heat.

  5. Add coconut and crushed biscuits to a saucepan and mix with a mixing spoon.

  6. Pour biscuit base mix into prepared slice tray - spread it evenly and flatten with the back of a spoon or spatula.

  7. Refrigerate slice base for 1 hour.

  8. Remove the slice base from the fridge and make the icing by sifting the icing sugar into a mixing bowl then add soft butter and hot water and stir to combine. Add 6 drops of lemon essential oil then stir.

  9. Spread icing mixture over slice base and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

  10. Refrigerate until the icing is set, then remove and cut into desired sized squares.

doTERRA's Black Bean Brownies

This one's a healthy alternative to the sugar-laden chocolate brownies, but just as simple to bake as a store-bought pre-mix... I promise.


  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • ⅔ cup honey

  • ⅓ cup coconut oil

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2–4 drops Peppermint oil

  • ¾ cup chocolate chips, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

  3. Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.

  4. Pour into greased 8x8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.

  5. Bake 30–35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Need More Lunch box ideas?

My tips?

Keep things in bit-sized pieces, making it perfect for little hands to feed themselves and get to know the shapes and colours!

Make it colourful and interesting for them, having a variety of foods and even making some of the simpler lunches (e.g. sandwiches) exciting by using cookie cutters.

What do you love to feed your kids for lunch??? Let me know in the comments!

#kids #healthfood #lunches

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