Easy Lunch Ideas For Teens



Does your teen come home ravenous even though you give him money to eat lunch at the school cafeteria?

There are several reasons why teens are not eating healthy, nutritious meals at school.

Most cafeteria lunches are refined, low-fiber, sugary, or fatty foods and lack protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) that satisfy hunger and sustain energy over a longer time.

In addition to this, teens would rather spend their lunchtime socializing than eating. This means that a problematic meal that needs a knife and fork is out of the question.

School lunches need to be easy to eat. It either needs to be something that they can eat with their hands (like a sandwich or wrap), smaller snacking items that they can eat quickly and easily (like cucumber and hummus), or a meal that’s easy to eat with a fork (like pasta or salad).

These easy school lunches allow them to walk and talk and not have to sit down and eat with a knife and fork.

The bottom line is it should be quick and easy for them to eat with no mess or fuss. Now it’s our challenge to find lunch ideas that meet their criteria while ensuring that it’s tasty and nutritious at the same time.

I’ve selected several school lunch ideas for teens that are tasty, healthy, and easy to eat. Discuss these options with your teen and find a few staples that you know will give them the nutrition they need and won’t come back uneaten in their lunchbox.

Is your teen stuck in a school lunch rut? Are they always packing the same boring sandwich and chips or, worse, buying the crummy food in the school cafeteria that always seems to leave their tastebuds less than satisfied?

Well, we’re here to change that! We rounded up 33 easy lunch ideas for teens that they’ll actually like and look forward to! From mile-high club sandwiches they won’t be able to resist to easy desserts that will have their friends begging for a taste, we’ve come up with the best-of-the-best school lunch ideas for teens that are anything but boring.

Easy School Lunch Ideas for Teens

California Turkey Club Wrap

Is there anything more satisfying than a delicious wrap packed with turkey, cheese, bacon (of course), and veggies? This California Turkey Club Wrap is easy to make and it always hits the spot with teens!

Broccoli Cheese Bites

If you’re on the hunt for a healthy lunch snack that your kids will actually eat, these Broccoli Cheese Bites are super simple to make and they’re made with ingredients you likely have on hand. With 166k shares on Pinterest, this is one recipe you have to try!

Italian Sub Sandwich

I don’t know about your kids, but mine are suckers for sub sandwiches. This Italian Sub Sandwich is stuffed with ham, salami, pepperoni, cheese, tomatoes, and crisp lettuce – all snuggled in a delicious roll. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and a dab of pesto and they won’t be able to resist.

4-Ingredient No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cups

This amazing No-Bake Peanut Butter Granola Cup recipe has 1 MILLION shares on Pinterest! They’re seriously scrumptious and teen-friendly. Plus, they’re actually healthy!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Most of the time, salads don’t hold up well in our kids’ lunches, but this Caprese salad holds up beautifully. Paired with garlic toast, crackers or a roll and this will be one lunch they’ll actually look forward to. Plus, it’s healthy!

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla

Skip the crummy pizza in the cafeteria and whip up this easy Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla instead. And, don’t worry about serving it up cold in your kid’s lunch. Teens never seem to mind cold pizza!

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Parfait tastes better than any store-bought version. Pack in a small thermos and it will stay cold and delicious until lunchtime.

Garlic Cheese Flatbread

These little yummy bites are supposed to be served warm, but honestly, they taste just as good at room temperature making them a great lunchbox snack. With only a handful of ingredients, you could make these in a jiffy so your kids can enjoy them all week long.

BLT Salad Sandwich

You might have to pack the egg salad separate from the bread to prevent the bread from getting mushy, but it will be well worth it. This BLT Salad Sandwich is delish – make it with bread or just pack a handful of crackers for a delicious and healthy lunch.

4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Spice up your teen’s typical boring lunch with this delicious Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark. Only four ingredients are required to whip this baby up. And, honestly, your teen might just have to hide it from all their friends at the lunch table or it will surely be gone!

Easy Thermos-Friendly Ramen Noodle Soup

For every Ramen Noodle lovin’ teen out there, this recipe is for YOU! It’s easy, healthy and it’s thermos friendly. On a cold winter day is there anything more satisfying than warm Ramen Noodle Soup?

Classic Club Sandwich

You really can’t go wrong with a delicious Classic Club Sandwich brimming with ham, bacon, turkey, tomatoes, cheese, and lettuce. It will satisfy practically any teen’s hearty appetite.

Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

These are always a hit with my kids. They only take a handful of ingredients to make (seriously, your kids can make these themselves) and they’re great for popping in lunches!

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