Protein-rich foods are the building blocks for our kids’ growing bodies. While meat is the obvious provider it’s far from the only one. Dairy, grains, nuts, and beans, especially when combined, are big players when it comes to finding meat-free lunchtime alternatives that pack a punch. We’ve rounded up some of the best recipes to give kids the perfect protein pick-me-up. Flip through the slideshow to see them all.


Another dairy food full of protein is yogurt. Canadian blogger Amanda Suhan at Hungry in Calgary shares a great way to pop it in a lunchbox as a savory dish: tzatziki. Greek in origin, tzatziki is a delicious mix of shredded cucumber, chopped garlic, lemon and plain yogurt with seasoning. Send it off with pita bread, tortilla chips or chopped carrots for dipping, and it'll feel like summer never ended!

photo: Hungry in Calgary

What meat-free proteins do you pack in the kids’ lunch box? Let us know in the comments below. 


— Emily Myers