Ideas for a Delicious and Nutritious Lunchbox

Ideas for a Latin-Inspired Lunchbox

Pack a school lunch for your niños without losing that Latin flair.

With the beginning of school comes the daily challenge of making a nutritious lunch for the kids, it is important to know which foods are rich in nutrients so they can perform better at school and have energy all day long. But you also don’t want to pack them a boring PB&J everyday. Here are some ideas for some authentically Latin — and still healthy — options for those school lunches.

Tip: Prepare what you can the day before and put everything together the lunchbox in the morning.

The Main Course
You can do variations on any of these by changing the ingredients and introducing new flavors, but here are some starting ideas:

  • Choripan: Grilled sausage in a baguette
  • Cuban sandwich: Pork meat, cheese, pickles, mustard in French or Cuban bread
  • Sandwich with meat, avocado, tomatoes and green beans in a Kaiser roll
  • Ham and cheese sandwich with tomato slices
  • Turkey and cream cheese mini wrap with lettuce or spinach
  • Tuna salad with celery and crackers
  • Chef salad
  • Pita bread with hummus

The Side
This little something extra is perfect if they do end up getting hungry during the day, or just want the variety during lunch:


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  • Nuts: Peanuts, cashews, almonds
  • Carrots sticks with dressing
  • Cheese sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Gelatin with pieces of real fruit
  • Fresh fruits: apples, oranges, tangerines, bananas (maybe with peanut butter)
  • Dried fruits: raisins, bananas, figs

If your children love sweets, this is the perfect opportunity to eat healthier sweet options.

Throw in some milk, fruit juice, tea, lemonade or — the best option — water, and they’ll be ready to go.

What Latin-inspired cuisine do you pack for your kids? Share your ideas for a delicious and nutritious lunchbox below!

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