Healthy packed lunch ideas inspired by Captain America: Civil War

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The brand new DVD Captain America: Civil War has just been released and to celebrate I’ve been asked to share a Captain America themed healthy lunch. Obviously this is such a huge film and, with the start of the new school year it’s a great theme to get kids eating healthily. A theme can divert their attention to what they’re really eating as well as make lunches a bit different and colourful. Take on a theme and get creative! Themes can help kids eat healthy and not realise the ‘star’ they’re eating is filled with healthy goodness. Yes, us parents can be sneaky, but who cares. Every piece of fruit and veg that our little ones eat is a tick in the box… and one step closer to less sugary unhealthy snacks. Not only that but it seems every day I read about how schools are bringing in rules left right and centre, no this, no that and… just keep it healthy. So, yes, any inspiration us parents can get is also a winner.

I do acknowledge that Toddler H is just that a toddler, she’s not at school and doesn’t necessarily need a packed lunch every day. However, we often go out and eat lunch out, and we often eat lunches in the garden… Sometimes I just feel it’s easiest to have stuff with us in case she gets hungry and is also in need of a nap.

A full tummy = more chance of a nap! (I live in hope!)

I always have our little box of fruit, and a banana or satsuma too, along with some pasta or a sandwich or wrap. Easy things, and things that I eat too. H is desperate to eat the same as us, she’s copying everything and so eager to be like mummy, so these lunches are usually exactly the same as mine.

So onto today’s theme… Captain America. Captain America: Civil War is all action and full of superstar superheroes. It’s red and blue, which at first glance I was thinking tomatoes and… what on earth do we eat that’s blue.

Do I have to get some blue food colouring out to get some blue into this lunch?

Then I twigged, H’s favourite fruit is blueberries and wouldn’t strawberries be perfect for the red theme. Blue and red sorted. Perfecto.

What else? Well, there is the iconic ‘star’ shield. I don’t have a star cutter, but I’m crafty, I can bake… so I can cut a star our of some food can’t I?! Yes, and, no… I thought some wee yellow stars would fit the theme perfectly. They were slightly tricky to cut, but easier once I actually had a star in front of me to ‘copy’. Do you think I managed ok? I then thought about how I loved sandwiches that were cut into shapes as a child and wouldn’t a star sandwich be brilliant? H also loves spotting stars so this is perfect for H. She actually kept swuealing ‘star’ as she are this lunch. Then waved the top piece of bread about repeating star over and over before munching it too while proclaiming star.


Captain America: Civil War themed lunch

Star sandwich – filled with chicken pieces, yellow pepper sticks and tomatoes

captain america theme healthy lunch blueberries strawberries star surround a star sandwich
Surrounded by yellow pepper stars, red strawberries and blueberries.

With a side of a banana and yogurt pouch (we use Nom Nom pouches for mess free yogurt on the go), and some water to drink too.


captain america DVD theme healthy lunch blueberries surround a star sandwich with a side of strawberries, pepper stars on tomatoes, with a banana and raisins.
My themed healthy packed lunch tips:

  • Used cookie cutters or cut some shapes
  • Layer food or create patterns
  • Try food colouring if you have to! Yes even for water!
  • Follow a colour scheme eg. I used red and blue following the DVD cover and the shield’s star.
  • Get a fab lunchbox!

What do you think? Are you inspired to make some themed lunches? What about a Captain America lunch? Share your pictures with me and I’ll share them on my social media too… tag me and #CaptainAmerica too.
Lynne x
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post and I was sent a few Captain America: Civil War goodies in return for writing a Captain America themed healthy packed lunch blog post.?

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  • Reply
    September 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Ooh I love things like this – anything to encourage my middle one to eat! Love the use of the red and blue, very Captain America ? #KCACOLS

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    Agent Spitback
    September 11, 2016 at 12:57 am

    This is fab! My youngest would love a Captain America Theme Lunch! Thanks for sharing your ideas. #KCACOLS
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    Jane Taylor
    September 11, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Brilliant! plenty of fruit too! It’s a good job they haven’t started school yet, because by the time they’d bounded into school with it in their backpack it’d look like the aftermath of a civil war!
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    Sarah | Digital Motherhood
    September 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    That looks fab! I’m really struggling with lunch ideas, my daughter had school meals last year but packed lunches now! #KCACOLS

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    September 12, 2016 at 1:44 am

    So cute! My son is a big Captain America fan he’d love the lunch but I’m not sure if even the fun theme would get him to eat yellow peppers #KCACOLS
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    Emma Plus Three
    September 12, 2016 at 9:23 am

    These are great ideas! My kids would love this x #KCACOLS
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    September 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    This is awesome! Do you find that fun looking food is more likely to get eaten? We’re having a difficult time with our 2 year old. She doens’t like anything apparently! #KCACOLS

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    Hannah G, The 'Ordinary' Mum
    September 17, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    What a fab idea!! I’m going to have a think about how I can make my toddlers food into her favourite characters now. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x
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