8 Healthy & Easy School Lunch Ideas

8 Healthy & Easy School Lunch Ideas

FIRST! SOME HELPFUL TIPS WHEN PACKING SCHOOL LUNCHES:

PLAN AHEAD
Make lunches ahead of time at night and portion off any dried snacks that keep well on Sundays for the rest of the week.

MIX IT UP
Include a variety so your child doesn’t get bored. Switch things up and pair different snacks, fruits, carbs and protein. Leftovers like muffins, pasta salad or chilled sesame noodles are some great choices.

GRANOLA BARS

ENERGY BITES

KEEP THINGS FUN WITH SOME DIY “LUNCHABLES”
Allow your child to put together their own DIY pizzas or wraps with dips and sauces to make things interesting.
Yogurt, hummus, guacamole and salsa are great for adding flavor to vegetables and fruit.

KEEP FOOD SEPARATE WITH A LUNCH BOX WITH  DIVIDED COMPARTMENTS
Having a lunchbox with separate compartments and / or liners will help you remember to include all the components of a balanced meal.
Keeping your grains, protein, fruit and veggies separated also makes it fun for the kids when they open up their lunchboxes. It’s also perfect for picky eaters that don’t like various food to touch.
Adjust portion sizes based on your child’s appetite or age

FOOD SAFETY
Many items will keep at room temperature but be aware of which will require an ice pack to stay cool. Also make sure that you are aware of any peanut or other food restrictions that the school might have in place. I’ve included many nut-free lunches and included notes for substitutions.

8 EASY SCHOOL LUNCHES

I’ve included these easy and kid-friendly recipes, tips and tricks below to make preparing school lunches a breeze. The lunchboxessilicone muffin liners and condiment cups can all be purchased from Amazon.

Feel free to mix and match or swap out any of the fruits and snacks to suit your tastes.

1. DIY Tortillas (Gluten free, Nut free, substitutions provided for dairy free)

  • corn tortilla chips
  • shredded cheese (use vegan cheese or leave out for dairy-free version)
  • turkey
  • cheese, cut into circles (I used cheddar – use vegan cheese or leave out for dairy-free version)
  • fresh fruit – pictured above: peach slices, watermelon chunks, blueberries and blackberries

2. Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups

  • turkey slices, swiss and cheddar cheese slices)
  • raw almonds (leave out for nut free version)
  • raw veggies: celery, grape tomatoes, cauliflower and zucchini
  • multigrain crackers with sunbutter
  • apple slices
  • grapes

3. DIY Lunchables (Nut free, dairy free, substitutions provided for gluten free)

  • pita or tortilla triangles (use wholewheat or gluten free tortillas as needed)
  • plantain chips
  • zucchini or cucumber
  • turkey
  • apple Slices
  • wholegrain mini crackers (use gluten free crackers or leave out as needed)
  • hummus
  • fresh berries
  • pumpkin seeds and cranberries

4. Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich – (Nut free, substitutions provided for gluten free)

  • Healthier egg “salad” – scrambled eggs mixed with Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread (use gluten free as needed) – cut into bite-sized portions
  • cooked corn on the cob
  • raw vegetables – sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, canned chickpeas
  • homemade Greek yogurt ranch dip
  • fruit – cubed watermelon

5. Healthier Egg “Salad” Sandwich (Nut free, substitutions provided for dairy free and gluten free)

  • Healthier egg “salad” or chicken salad – scrambled eggs mixed with Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread (use gluten free as needed) and lettuce – cut into bite-sized portions
  • cooked corn on the cob
  • pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries
  • apple slices
  • plain Greek yogurt (leave out or swap for hummus for dairy free)
  • fresh berries – strawberries, blackberries and blueberries

6. DIY Pizza (Nut free, substitutions provided for dairy free and gluten free)

  • tortillas – swap for gluten free as needed
  • turkey pepperoni slices
  • pizza sauce or salsa
  • shredded cheese, grape tomatoes
  • raw vegetables – grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber or zucchini, shredded carrots
  • fresh fruit: cubed watermelon, grapes

7. Smashed Chickpea Sandwich (Dairy Free, Nut-free and substitutions for gluten free)

  • Smashed Chickpea Sandwich – with multigrain bread (use gluten free as needed) – cut into bite-sized portions – fill with smashed chickpeas, smashed avocado, salt & pepper, kale (or lettuce)
  • fresh fruit – peach slices, blackberries, chopped watermelon
  • raw vegetables – zucchini, cucumber and / or celery
  • banana
  • hummus with sugar or snap peas and multigrain crackers (leave out or use gluten free as needed)

8. Taco Salad (Gluten free)

  • freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries
  • plantain chips
  • Cranberry Energy Bites
  • Taco Salad – lettuce, black beans, sliced tomatoes and shredded cheese (can leave cheese out for dairy free version)
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • grapes

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*Recipe and article courtesy of Life Made Sweeter (https://lifemadesweeter.com/easy-school-lunches/)

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