This rainbow lunch box is a fun twist on a traditional school lunch – and an easy way to encourage kids to try new veggies. With a rainbow wrap full of colorful vegetables and flavorful hummus, kids can’t resist taking a bite – and then another and another until the entire lunchbox is devoured! With sides like rainbow fruit salad and yogurt with rainbow sprinkles, this is a lunch everyone will love!
In Kindergarten, we had to a concert for the parents in the Spring. For whatever reason, one of the songs that they chose was The Rainbow Connection and my dad fell in love. For over a year he made little 6 year old me sing that song. It was the song we danced to at my wedding and to this day, rainbows remind me of my dad and that silly Kermit the Frog song.
Now I have kids of my own who come home singing random songs – Ryan’s recent favorite is the Monster Boogie – and I’ve sang the Rainbow Connection to both of them more times that I am willing to admit.
But these days when I’m talking about rainbows, I’m usually talking about convincing the boys to eat something other than cheese and noodles. As any mom will tell you, getting your kids to eat healthy, well rounded meals can be a .. challenge, to put it lightly.
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That’s why I love making a game out of it – how many colors of the rainbow can you eat in one meal?! The boys end up having a ton of fun trying to eat more colors than the other, and I get to sit back and watch them happily gobble down the healthy stuff, no arguing needed.
But if you’re like me, that might work at home, but when you send them to school, more often than not those well balanced rainbow lunches come back with all of the “fun” stuff eaten and the veggies coming back uneaten.
Rainbow Lunch Box
So you need to get creative, right? Which is what happened when I created this rainbow lunchbox. Veggies are chopped and added to a spinach wrap to make a pretty rainbow wrap and paired with a rainbow of fruit and a little sprinkle surprise.
Rainbow Wrap for a Rainbow Lunch Box:
On a tortilla of your choice (I used a green tortilla for more color!) spread a thin layer of hummus. You could also use mustard or mayo – whatever your kids enjoy. Add a thin layer of sandwich meat if using and another layer of spread. This is your glue that keeps everything together.
Begin to add your colorful veggies (or cheese!). Here is what I used:
- Red – grape tomatoes. I find they have more color than regular tomatoes but use what you have.
- Orange – sharp cheddar cheese slices.
- Yellow – bell pepper
- Green – cucumber
- Purple – purple cabbage, shredded.
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- Sliced cheese
- Rainbow veggies chopped
- Spinach tortilla wrap
- hummus or other condiment of choice
Lay out your tortilla and add a layer of hummus.
Top with sliced cheese and assorted rainbow veggies.
Roll up and slice into pinwheels.
Gently roll your wrap up tightly. Seal with more hummus if necessary. Slice into rounds and serve in your kiddo’s lunchbox face up so you can see the pretty colors.
Rainbow Lunch Box Sides:
Slice up colorful fruit and place into the container in rainbow order. Pair with fruit dip (I used vanilla Greek yogurt) and top with rainbow sprinkles for some extra fun.
I also love sending Ryan to school with a smoothie in one of my new favorite Squooshi pouches. They’re super easy to fill and clean and I can make a few at a time, freeze them, and use as ice packs in his lunch. And SHHHH don’t tell him – but I always pack the boys’ smoothies with veggies!
Basic Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
You can find my basic favorite fruit and veggie smoothie recipe here as well as tons and tons of tips and ideas for making veggie smoothies your kids will devour. When you’re done, pour your smoothie into a Squooshi pouch!
The Squooshi pouches come in 2 different sizes and a ton of fun colors and designs – my boys love the animal ones! I love how easy they make giving the boys vegetables without the struggle. They both will drink ANY smoothie I put in front of them, so having pouches of smoothies I made myself with no weird ingredients is such a plus.
Ever since Owen started eating solid foods, we started having baby food pouches on hand as emergency snacks for when we were out and about. Ryan quickly became a fan of the fruit and veggie puree pouches which was fine by me – any way I can get him to eat veggies! – but they aren’t cheap. With Squooshi I’m able to make my own puree pouches and smoothies with out the crazy high cost and I can feel good about not adding 2-4 pouches to landfills every day. Win, win, win!
Okay, so tell me – what flavor combinations do you think your kids would like?
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