By this time in the school year, I always end up in a rut when it comes to packing school lunches. I fall into the trap of packing the same things day after day. These kid-friendly wraps are inspiration for you (and me!) to change things up and offer some different choices for our kids’ lunches.
If you’re bored with the same old sandwich routine, wraps are a fun way to switch things up. There are so many delicious options you can add to tortillas to make kid-friendly wraps. What I really love about wraps is that they provide a perfect vehicle for a complete healthy meal.
One key to making great kid-friendly wraps is to use familiar foods and flavors you know your children love and branch out from there. All of the wraps I’m sharing today are adaptable to individual taste buds.
Also keep in mind that kids like simple. What may sound boring to an adult sounds like perfection to a child. Many kids are also turned off by messy food, so make sure the fillings are minimal enough that the tortilla can be wrapped tightly and the insides won’t fall out.
If you want to send the hot wraps to school, I suggest making them in the morning, wrapping them tightly in foil, and then sending them to school in an insulated thermos.
If you’re worried about the wraps staying together while traveling, I suggest sending a deconstructed wrap for you child to put together themselves at school. These stainless steel Bento-style containers are perfect for that.
Because I know you will ask, I think these corn tortillas or these whole wheat tortillas are great options for any of these kid-friendly wraps. I can’t always find the organic version of these in our local groceries, but you can buy them in bulk on Amazon and freeze them.
Enough jabber–let’s look at ten wraps that will help your kids eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in fun ways!
Top 10 Kid-Friendly Wraps
1. Crispy Veggie and Cream Cheese Wrap
Spread some cream cheese and add your child’s favorite crispy vegetables. Shown here are red peppers, baby spinach, carrots, and cucumber. If you have fresh dill on hand, try these Rainbow Wraps and Chives also!
2. Apple Cheddar Wrap
Shredded apple + shredded cheddar=delicious goodness! Put the whole thing under the broiler for a minute to melt the cheese before you wrap it up.
3. Beans and Rice Wrap
Start by adding guacamole, which acts as the “glue” in this wrap. Then add some cooked rice, black beans, and top with a little shredded cheese. Alternatively, leave off the cheese for a vegan wrap.
4. Strawberry Almond Butter Wrap
I could probably eat this wrap for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know these are kid-friendly wraps, but clearly they are for adults, too. This one is as simple as spread the tortilla with almond butter, add some cut strawberries, and you’re done. I told you kids like simple, right?
5. The Chicken Wrap
This wrap is perfect for when you have leftover chicken. Start by spreading some cream cheese (usually a kid favorite), top with some cubed chicken, matchstick carrots, and shredded cheese. Remember, don’t overstuff it!
6. The Smashed Avocado Wrap
I have one avocado-loving kid and one avocado-hating kid. If you have an avocado lover, please try this wrap! You just have to trust me. It’s simply mashed avocado with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast. If you aren’t familiar, nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that comes in the form of yellow flakes. It is a good source of B vitamins and is used by vegans and vegetarians a lot as a flavoring. It lends a somewhat cheesy flavor to what you add it to, and it just works well with mashed avocado. This is actually my daughter’s favorite sandwich, behind the peanut butter and jelly, and it works well as a wrap, too.
7. The Egg Wrap
I serve eggs for lunch more often than breakfast. So much so that one day I tried to serve my son eggs for breakfast and he said, “What?! Eggs are for lunch!” This wrap can be for any meal, not just breakfast. I sauté some onion and red pepper (use your child’s favorite vegetables), then scramble an egg with it and finish it with a small amount of cheese.
8. The Sweet Fruit Wrap
This was the wrap I used to convince my daughter she likes wraps. I whisked together cream cheese with a touch of pineapple juice and honey and spread it on the tortilla. Top with your choice of fruits, like raspberries, blueberries, and pineapple. It’s a healthy dessert wrap!
9. The Hummus and Cucumber Wrap
Just like my kids are split on avocados, they are also split on hummus. One loves it, one won’t eat it. This one is for the hummus lovers. It works perfectly with crispy cucumbers cut length wise.
10. Banana, Peanut Butter, and Honey Wrap
Oh yeah. You can’t go wrong with this combination. Try not to love it. I dare you.
I hope you have found some inspiration for incorporating healthy wraps into your kids’ diets! If you want more healthy lunch ideas for kids, check out this giant list of healthy school lunch ideas or this post with 2 weeks of healthy school lunch ideas.
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Lisa Huber says
Great ideas! With the smashed avacado wrap, how do you keep it from turning brown by lunchtime? Does the yeast help with this?
I sprinkle it with a touch of lemon juice and it keeps it from turning brown! 🙂
These are great. Thank you!
You’re welcome, Tracy!