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.


Eggs are another high scorer when it comes to protein content, especially the whites. If your kids love simple hard boiled eggs, you've got an obvious option. While egg mayo sandwiches certainly deliver, this recipe from Two Peas & their Pod combines the nutrient power houses of egg and cheese with another high achiever, avocado, for a lunchbox body-builder your kids will love.

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


— Emily Myers