A super easy, healthy St. Patrick’s Day lunch for kids that doesn’t require any craftiness or special tools.
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I get really excited about packing fun holiday-themed lunches for my kids to take to school. I find all sorts of ideas on Pinterest and have the best intentions.
Then I remember that I don’t have the cookie cutters, food-safe markers, or (let’s be honest) the desire to spend a ton of time on school lunches.
I genuinely admire all the fabulous mamas who pack these super creative lunches. But I don’t feel the need to hold myself to that same standard when it doesn’t really bring me joy. So I’m Marie Kondo-ing that biz and getting on with life.
Instead, I came up with a super simple St. Patrick’s Day kids lunch that anyone can make, even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body!
Whole grain noodles with pesto and chicken are a tasty and filling option for lunch. PLUS pesto is already green! This is also a great non-sandwich option for anyone whose kids are as sick of pb&j as mine are 😉
The rainbow fruit salad was the most complicated part and that’s only because I wanted all the colors to show. Otherwise it’s as simple as cutting up fruit. You could even opt for all green fruit (kiwi, grapes, melon, etc), but I think the rainbow colors are extra fun.
Vanilla Greek yogurt with some green sprinkles could not be easier. I bought a variety pack of sprinkles so you could use this idea for basically any holiday.
We use the Panino lunch box by Yumbox (you can find it here) and we love it. It’s cute, sturdy, and most importantly, leakproof. Food never leaks into other compartments, which is key if you’re packing something like yogurt or applesauce.
The inner tray is top-rack dishwasher safe and the outer tray is quick to hand wash. My one recommendation is to buy an extra inner tray because it’s kind of a pain to wash by hand. (This isn’t a sponsored post; we just really like the Yumbox.)
So now you’ve got a fun and healthy St. Patrick’s Day lunch for kids that anyone can make. No creativity required!