School Lunch Ideas

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

For those of you who might be struggling with lunches this week (year!), check this out!



INSTRUCTIONS: Choose 1 option, or more, from each category to create a healthy lunch. Feel free to mix and match each day to keep school lunches interesting!


INGREDIENTS:


Fruit

  • Applesauce

  • Blueberries

  • Grapes (slice in half if you're concerned about choking)

  • Watermelon

  • Strawberries (I slice these in half)

  • Kiwi (peeled and sliced)

  • Whole apple

  • Whole banana (with peel)

  • Peeled oranges (seedless)


Vegetables:

  • Cucumber (sliced in coins or spears)

  • Broccoli florets (raw or steamed)

  • Cauliflower florets (raw or steamed)

  • Celery sticks (fill with nut butter & raisins for "ants on a log")

  • Carrots (baby or sliced)

  • Sweet potato cooked in cubes or slices

  • Guacamole (technically a fruit, but kids often see it as a veggie)

Protein & Healthy fats:

  • Yogurt (coconut milk, goat, or cow)

  • Cheese (shredded, string, or cubes)

  • Hummus

  • Nut or seed butter

  • Edamame

  • Cooked beans (Chickpeas, black beans, pinto)

  • Deli Meat (try it rolled up; look for no additives)

  • Hard boiled egg

Crunchy:

  • Low-sugar dry cereal

  • Whole grain crackers

  • Crispy chickpeas

  • Pretzel sticks

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Brown Rice cakes

  • Plantain chips (usually serve these with hummus or guacamole)

  • Baked tortilla chips (usually serve these with guacamole)

  • Pita chips (good with hummus)

Hearty Fillers (Mains):

  • Spinach Muffins

  • Leftover Pizza (Cauliflower pizza, english muffin pizza, vegan pizza, etc.)

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal (if they do not mind eating it cold)

  • Tortilla roll-up (fill with hummus, avocado, nut butter, or turkey)

  • Paleo Banana Snack Cake

  • Homemade Granola Bars (or store-bought)

  • Date Energy Balls

  • Homemade Larabars (or store-bought)

  • Hummus & Veggie Sandwich (or wrap)

  • Oatmeal Pancakes

  • Waffles (add peanut butter for a sandwich or dip)

  • Black Bean Burger

  • Egg & Cheese Sandwich

  • Healthy Granola and Yogurt

  • Almond Butter & Honey Sandwich

  • Egg Muffins or Frittata Slice

  • Quesadilla (for dairy-free, fill with hummus or bean spread)

  • Pasta Salad

  • Any dinner leftovers (like spaghetti or plain noodles)