Easy and healthy sandwiches for kids

March 11, 2019

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Are you scratching your head, feeling stuck on ideas for healthy sandwiches for kids?

If you want to make a healthy sandwich for your kids, but not the traditional peanut butter and jelly or you want to get away from overly processed luncheon meats, these sandwich recipes are perfect.

They make lunch healthier and more interesting, while still sticking to the sandwich for lunch.

Healthy sandwiches for kids – ideas

Simplify meal planning with these healthy sandwiches for kids.

I’ve toyed with a few healthy sandwiches for kids below. Incorporate the ideas into your kids’ lunches, tweak, and remove some food items to adjust to taste.

1. Ham (bacon), Cheese, and Fruit Melt


One of the most popular healthy sandwiches for kids. The ham can be substituted with bacon.

These ham and cheese sandwiches have a twist to them i.e the fruit. It’s not necessary to make them open sandwiches. You can minimize the fruit so that you press it between the slices to keep everything intact.

I used bacon because it is what’s available for now.

Just because your kids can’t heat up his lunch in the cafeteria, doesn’t mean you can’t include a sandwich melt. It won’t be completely warm, but if you heat it up before packing the lunch, then wrap it properly, it might still contain some heat.

Either way, a melt is still good when it is cold. This sandwich takes the plain ham and cheese concept and gets more interesting. You can use your kids’ favorite type of ham, then add some cheddar for more flavor. Place thinly-sliced fruit on the sandwich, such as strawberries and apples, which is perfect with a ham and cheese sandwich.

2. Vegetarian and vegan sandwiches

A variety of vegetarian/vegan healthy sandwich ideas that you can make for your kids

For kids who are vegetarian or vegan, or if you simply want to reduce the amount of meat they eat, there are some yummy options. One option is to take some whole grain bread and spread almond butter on the inside of the two bread pieces. Other healthy spreads like avocado and hummus can be used as well.

You can then add some dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and any other fruits, nuts or seeds they would like. The almond butter will make the fruit and nuts stick to the bread so it will be easy for them to pick up and eat as is.

Another good option for kids’ vegetarian sandwiches is to thinly slice tomatoes and avocados, spread them on your bread, sparingly sprinkle lemon juice to preserve the avos.

3. Healthy Sandwich Pockets

Healthy sandwich pockets for kids – Fried chicken meat with vegetables in pita bread

Another sandwich idea to make for your kids is one that is more similar to a Hot Pocket, but is homemade and doesn’t contain all those preservatives. 

You can make a pocket sandwich with meat or chicken breast that has been cooked, some chopped vegetables, and seasoning or sauce to taste.

I prefer to use pita bread, as I find that tortilla wraps can be messy sometimes, even for an adult like myself. If you bought pita bread ready-made, simply fill them up with the cubes meat or chicken, as well as the veggies.

Tip: Make a layer of lettuce leaves first before adding the ingredients, this way moisture will not mess up the sandwich pocket for your kids.

Keep it in the fridge, and it will be a perfect sandwich pocket for your son or daughter’s lunch the next day.

4. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


Grilled cheese sandwiches are delicious and kids love them, but they aren’t the healthiest option.
It is easy though to turn a grilled cheese sandwich to a healthier option.  Typically, this sandwich will have cheese in abundance, and most likely nothing else to fill it.
This sandwich instead is made little less cheese and loaded with vegetables. You can play around with the vegetables.
Also, you have a lot of ways to these kinds of healthy sandwiches for kids.   Some can be made of ham, cheese and tomato sandwich, one with spinach or kale inside, or you can even add pears.
A basic Panini press is a definite must-have if your kids love grilled sandwiches.

5. Ham and cheese sliders 

Add these ham and cheese sliders to your healthy sandwich ideas for your kids. I'm yet to come across a kid who won't gobble these down. Visit the blog for the instructions on these, and other easy sandwich ideas for kids.

I don't know any kid who won't down these with a short space of time. I used to make them for my kids for their school lunches - and for once, even my picky eater would come back home with an empty lunch box. Jenny uses two types of cheese here (cheddar and mozzarella). I've done it with cheddar only, so don;t let that limit you. Find the step by step recipe here.

6. DIY McDonald's McMuffin

As moms, we do what we have to do to get our kids to down their food, so what if we re-create their favorite fast-foods at home?😃 With only 5 ingredients, you can make  your own sandwich that the kids will love. I bet it is cheaper too. Find the recipe here.

Healthy sandwiches for kids (video)


I hope these healthy sandwiches for kids will bring some meal planning relief to your family. They will also help you keep the school lunches interesting.

I hope this post will make your family meal times easier.  Please feel free to pin or share.
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