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5 Lutein-Rich Lunch Ideas for Kids

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I want to Thank Abbott for sponsoring this conversation about healthy lunches!

Third Grade.

I’ve been told that the third grade is one of the most important years of a child’s elementary education. With Pookah starting a new school this year AND entering this pivotal year, I want to help him any way I can.   And as the school year begins, I find myself looking for new healthy lunch ideas to provide healthy options for his lunch. 

Did you know that food is brain power? I’ve been doing research on what foods will help him get a healthier start and I think I’ve found it with a key ingredient: Lutein.

Lutein – a carotenoid or pigment, can be found in leafy vegetables, egg yolks, avocados and more, is known for its benefits to eye health. But new research shows it may also enhance learning and memory. A recent study showed children with higher levels of lutein performed better on academic exams.  Matt Kuchan, PhD, a lead scientist at the global healthcare company Abbott says “Our research – from infancy to adulthood – brings to life the important role nutrition plays in helping to create strong brain connections, helping us to focus, and preserving our memories.” 

In other words, I needed to find more ways to incorporate Lutein rich foods into Pookah’s diet. And what better way to start than with his lunch? So I set out to create a rotating set of Gluten Free lunch ideas that would not only be easy and fun for kids but incorporate Lutein to make these lunches healthier and more food for the brain.

It’s Back to School time and if you are looking for healthy lunch ideas, look no further. You’ll love these 5 easy healthy gluten-free lunch ideas for kids! They are kid friendly and mom approved! #AD

We tested these extensively (meaning I made versions of all of these meals and he gave a thumbs up or down until I got it right) and these are our favorite healthy gluten free lunch ideas for kids. 

(All the Lutein Rich foods are highlighted in Red)

1.Food On Sticks meals: Meatballs, Grapes, Tomato and Cucumber Salad and Animal Cookies. 

gluten free lunch ideas for kids

2.Healthy Turkey Roll ups (Spinach, and Turkey) Carrots, pretzels and apple slices.

healthy gluten free lunch ideas for kids


3. Breakfast for lunch: Waffle bites, Strawberries, Chicken Sausage, boiled eggs, and yogurt

healthy gluten free lunch ideas for kids


4.Soft Chicken Tacos: Grilled Chicken, Gluten-free corn tortillas, Cheese, Romaine Lettuce, cheese, and peppers.

gluten free lunch ideas for kids


5. Gluten free grilled chicken nuggets with corn on cob bites, strawberries and blueberries, and cheese squares

See how simple that was to incorporate Lutein rich foods into your child’s lunches? I am including Abbott’s Brain healthy Grocery Store Checklist for you to take with you next time you go grocery shopping for your kid’s lunches. It will help you include all the Lutein rich brain healthy food you can!


Are you naturally including any of these foods in your kids’ diets? What are some of your favorite back to school lunch ideas? 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Abbott.


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It’s Back to School time and if you are looking for healthy lunch ideas, look no further. You’ll love these 5 easy healthy lutein-rich gluten-free lunch ideas for kids! They are kid-friendly and mom approved! #AD
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    August 22, 2017 at 9:43 am

    First time I am learning about Lutein rich foods and though I don’t have kids yet but I want to incorporate these foods in my lunches.

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    August 22, 2017 at 9:46 am

    I am always trying to find a way to get healthy food in my kiddo. We had tested a whole bunch of different things that have come up with a few really good menus. I’m going to ask him about the suggestions you have here and see if he likes any of these also.

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    August 22, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thank you for this thorough information on Lutein! I am definitely going to add more of this to my diet.

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    August 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

    I never knew the importance of Lutein rich foods. But these lunches all look amazing. Forget packing them for the kids, I want those for lunch.

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    Franc Ramon
    August 22, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    It’s nice to see a direct correlation between having lutein rich foods and good scholatic performance This lunch items would be great ideas to give them with energy and get the right nutrients.

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    Liz Mays
    August 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    These are really good lunch ideas. I liked changing up my kids’ lunches every now and then. A few types of meals with tomatoes or carrots would be great.

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    Sarah Bailey
    August 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    These sound like some delicious lunch time ideas. I always remember loving finding something different each day when I was at school.

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    Amber Myers
    August 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    These are some great ideas. I’ll keep them in mind when I’m packing lunches for my kids. I know my daughter would love waffles and berries.

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    Lisa Favre
    August 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    I had never heard of Lutein-rich foods before but didn’t realize they could be in so many things we eat on a day-to-day basis. Very happy that tomatoes are one of them!

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    Jenny Finney
    August 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    I, myself would love all of these. It’s great to see parents going the extra mile to ensure their children are eating healthy and watching what they eat.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    August 22, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    These are great lunch ideas for kids. I have two lunches to prepare every day once September starts!

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    Mimi Green
    August 22, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    This is exactly what I need. I’m terrible at coming up with new and creative ideas for lunch. I believe LittleCuteLips is taking lunch to school this year.

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    Camesha | Mama Motivator
    August 23, 2017 at 1:33 am

    Pinning this post! I need to refer to it over and over. I’ll be packing lunches for two kids and need all the ideas I can get!

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    Jaime Nicole
    August 23, 2017 at 7:02 am

    That looks SO yummy! Love the Bento box as well – what brand is it? I should start packing lunches like this for myself as well!

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    Chubskulit Rose
    August 23, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I packed boiled eggs once in a while for my kids as well. I love that turkey roll ups, I think my son would love that.

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    August 23, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the infographic. This would be a good guide to print out and pin on our reminder board in the kitchen. I know Lutein is for eye health, did not know that it also helps with learning and memory. Fantastic!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    August 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Very informative! Thank you for sharing the article. Learning is a continuous process and we need the right nutrients to help us attain our maximum potential, regardless of age. I am going to make a copy of the grocery store checklist for reference.

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    August 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Turkey roll ups are a great one! I often get tired of the same lunches over and over so it’s awesome to see so many options. Kids would love all of these!!

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    August 25, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Man! Lunch time has changed. I would have loved to open up my lunchbox and seen these cool combinations. Lutein… adding it to the list of important things for our diet.

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    Sheena Steward
    August 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    This was too cute. I’m going to use this. I loved the pictures too.

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    August 27, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I have never heard of Lutein. This is very new to me and I wish I had learned about it when my son was younger. I guess it’s still not too late. Thanks for sharing.

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    LeShelle, host of MRTV
    August 27, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Lutein is actually part of my multivitamin pack. These snacks can help supplement what we aren’t getting enough of!

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    August 27, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Kudos to you for being proactive about ensuring your child had healthy meals! There’s so much going into today’s food and I have no doubt it’s affecting children’s development.

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    August 27, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Wow! These seem like great recipes! I think I’ll try them out on my husband lol

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    August 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

    I never heard of the Lutein diet before this post. I know this is talking about for children but I wanr ro try this for myself.

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    August 28, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Those combinations are so colorful
    I would love some lutein for me too

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    Tiffany H.
    August 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    These lunches look yummy, I am stealing ideas for my lunch, I am always looking for alternative and creative lunch ideas. Glad you got the thumbs up from Pookah.

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    August 28, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Whoa! I learned something new today. Thanks for sharing the importance of lutein rich foods. I just printed off the Grocery List you have here, which will come in handy when I stop by the store today. My son is the same age and with his allergies, I’m always looking for new + fun ways to send his lunch. This just might be it. Thanks!

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    August 28, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    These are some great school lunch ideas. A lot more nutritious than the school lunch that I was offered as a kid.

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    EG III
    August 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Awesome list of healthy lunch ideas! I’ve also been looking to enhance my daughter’s diet with healthier options so I’m definitely bookmarking this for future use

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    August 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    My son has so many allergies that it is hard to find him nutritious lunches that have a variety of options. This list gave me some new ideas. Thanks for this.

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    Cathy Jarolin
    August 29, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    You have created such delicious Lutein rich lunches and Breakfast for your Son. That;s so wonderful~ I have noticed that now a days Moms are much more health concious for themselves and for their familys. Thats really awesome. When i was a child we ate 3 meals a day and always tried to have the vegs and dairy and meat and fruit each day. But we also had our share of candy. Penny candy and all! Lol! A quarter bought us a whole bag of penny candy! Some of the candy was actually 2 for a penny!! Have a Great Day!!

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    Jim Allen
    September 4, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks for the nutritious lunch ideas. I love making my own apple chips for a salad or dehydrated strawberries as a yogurt topping. Much better than the processed foods at the supermarket.

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