Healthy School Lunch Ideas (Roundup 13!)

It’s that time of year for another installment in my School Lunch Roundup series! Sit down and look at these healthy school lunch ideas with your little ones so they can point out what they want you to make (and, more importantly, what they’ll actually eat!). And for older kids, don’t be scared to ask them to help or even make some of these all by themselves.

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packed school lunch ideas

  • 100% whole-wheat everything bagel with cream cheese and cucumbers
  • Strawberries
  • Apples

packed school lunch ideas

packed school lunch ideas

  • Homemade breakfast burrito (defrosted from the freezer)
  • Strawberries
  • Organic cheese stick
  • Homemade chicken salad with whole wheat crackers
  • Orange slices
  • Applesauce container

packed school lunch ideas

  • Pita grilled cheeses (served cold)
  • Pears
  • Kiwi
  • Orange
  • Salad with sunflower seeds & parmesan

packed school lunch ideas

  • Homemade (defrosted) tomato bisque with whole wheat noodles (their favorite)
  • Pita pizza
  • Orange
packed school lunch ideas

packed school lunch ideas

packed school lunch ideas
  • Pimento cheese and cucumber sandwich on whole wheat
  • Applesauce
  • Oranges
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi

packed school lunch ideas

packed school lunch ideas

  • Ham/cheese/lettuce sandwich
  • Mini bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Pineapple

packed school lunch ideas

packed school lunch ideas

  • BLT
  • Popcorn
  • Grapes

packed school lunch ideas

  • Cheese melted in a whole-wheat tortilla
  • Whole-wheat cinnamon graham crackers
  • Bell peppers
  • Grapes
  • Bag of popcorn

packed school lunch ideas

  • Leftover taco dinner and corn tortillas (wrapped in foil)

packed school lunch ideas

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18 thoughts on “Healthy School Lunch Ideas (Roundup 13!)”

  1. They only veggies that my kids will eat are corn, steamed carrot, and tomato (in spaghetti sauce). So most days, their lunch (and dinner) don’t include veggies. Do you have any suggestion how I can include more veggies on their lunch (that they will eat)?

    Thank you,

  2. I have a question about yogurt. I just got my daughter a YumBox and she was so excited to pack yogurt for lunch; however, it seems to leak out water (whey) as it sits. (I contacted YumBox and they sent us a new outer box but it still didn’t solve the problem.) We do organic whole milk plain yogurt (which I understand is what you use) usually by Trader Joe’s or Organic Valley GrassMilk. What brand of yogurt did you use and were able to pack in YumBox without leaking? Thanks!

    1. We’ve tried various types of yogurt in our Yumboxes with no issues – sorry to hear that! Greek yogurt is thicker so you might have better luck with that.

      1. Thank you so much for responding Lisa. I did try Greek too but same thing happened as whey got separated from the yogurt and leaked. Will contact Yumbox again. :-)

  3. Thank you so much for providing these school lunch “snapshots”. I’m dealing with a 10 yr old whom I consider to be a good eater in general, but when it comes to school lunch, I’m struggling. Will sit down again with her to look at these and hopefully add some new options to the “menu”.

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