Ready for that midday meal? Skip the drive thru, and check out these nutritious and delicious cold lunch ideas! If you’re struggling to come up with cold lunch ideas for toddlers and/or adults, you’re in the right place. You’re about to get served a massive portion of cold lunch ideas for work, school, and home! 🙂
By making yourself or your little one lunch, versus eating out, you can
- Save money
- Cut calories
- Eat healthier (ex. increased protein)
Yep, cold lunch ideas can do all of that. However, if you’re thinking about skipping lunch altogether in an effort to save even more money and cut even more calories, think again! Breakfast may get all the good PR, but lunch is definitely a vital meal.
Eating in the middle of the day, several hours after breakfast, re-energizes your body and can raise blood sugar levels when focus and concentration are flagging. If you’re feeling sluggish, eating even a small lunch can renew your energy and help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the next several hours. In addition, eating lunch keeps your metabolism active… – Livestrong.com
On board with the whole homemade lunch thing? Great! Here are some of my favorite cold lunch ideas and healthy lunch ideas for toddlers and adults alike!
Cold Lunch Ideas for Work
Don’t worry, just because you’re opting to make lunch, doesn’t mean you have to invest hours of time. There are many (many) easy and healthy lunch ideas for toddlers, teens, adults, and everyone in-between to choose from. Cold lunch ideas are my go-to in the summer when just thinking about turning on the stove seems to raise the temperature inside! Be sure to try:
Healthy Lunch Ideas for Toddlers (and Adults)
Some days, the notion of seeing my little one put a fruit or vegetable in his mouth seems about as likely as seeing a flying pig. Luckily, there are some seriously yummy healthy lunch ideas for toddlers (and moms!) out there. Here are some that even my picky little eater will try:
Pssst! Need even more tasty lunches for toddlers? Head on over to my Toddler Lunch Ideas page!
Cold Lunch Ideas for Dietary Restrictions
Even if you or your little one has dietary restrictions, there are fantastic cold lunch ideas for work, school, and home. Check out these:
What are your favorite hot or cold lunch ideas? Share it with a comment!