Good Healthy School Lunch Ideas

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Using this guide you can find good healthy  school lunch ideas for the school  . You really eat better with a guide to healthier school lunches.

It is the end of the school year, and you want your kids to go back knowing they had a healthy lunch. So you might be asking yourself where are some good healthy school lunch ideas? I am here to help.

Good Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Here are some healthy school lunch ideas to keep you inspired! See school lunch idea photos and get tips for making school lunches easier.

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Nothing says “back to school” like packing endless (and often dreaded) school lunches. If you’re anything like me, you start out with good intentions and then run out of ideas two weeks into the school year. While you can certainly use some of these kitchen hacks to make things easier, it doesn’t help if you have a case of “lunch packer block” (that is, you can’t stop packing the same things lunch after lunch after lunch.) That’s why I wanted to create this healthy school lunch ideas post: to keep you inspired when the going gets rough.

Tips for making school lunches easier

Since we have to make at least 200 lunches for our kids (and this includes homeschoolers too!), we might as well make it easier on ourselves… amiright?

Here are some simple things you can try:

  • Involve your kids. Depending on your child’s age, have them cut up veggies, grab an apple out of the fridge, pack crackers, you get the idea. By having your kid help, you are teaching them to navigate the kitchen as well as boosting confidence and knowledge. You can also take the opportunity to teach them about healthy foods and macronutrient balance with each lunch! (If your kids don’t know how to prep food, consider enrolling in the Kids Cook Real Food course.) Also, let your kids come up with school lunch ideas, too!
  • Cook in bulk. Consider making extra for dinner each night and pack leftovers for lunch. Or, make big batches of healthy gummy men, muffins, waffles, pasta, and rice & beans and store in freezer. Take out what you want to pack the night before to defrost and throw it into your kid’s lunch the next day.
  • Use “convenience” foods. I’m not talking processed or fast foods but rather easy and very “packable” real foods like cherry/grape tomatoes, pitted olives, defrosted frozen peas/lima beans/corn, organic berries, clementines, organic grapes, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, organic jerky sticks, drinkable yogurt, healthy snacks like olive oil popcorn, seed crackers, or sprouted nuts & seeds
  • Freeze a few “emergency” meals. For those occasions when you have a late night and have to scramble for a lunch the next day, consider freezing a few lunches that you can grab and go. Some school lunch ideas include: bean burritos, almond & honey sandwich, turkey roll ups, etc. Add a piece of fruit and a drink, and you’ve got yourself a balanced meal for your child.

Getting the right lunch gear

While there are literally dozens of portable food gear products out there, you want to find lunch supplies that are:

  • made with non-toxic materials like stainless steel
  • dishwasher safe (ain’t nobody got time for hand-washing!)
  • leak-proof (or mostly leak-proof)
  • easy to pack
  • durable and not breakable
  • keep foods heat/cold as appropriate

My Favorite Lunch Box System

After much research, I decided to go with PlanetBox. Here is the gear I own:

  • Their ROVER PlanetBox, lunch bag, and big/small container set (where to buy)
  • Non-toxic ice packs (where to buy)
  • Non-leaking water bottle (where to buy)
  • Reusable, cloth napkin (where to buy)

While the price tag of their products was steeper than I wanted, I do have to say that I’m very pleased with their products. I used exclusively last year and continue to use this year as well. (You can see their products below.)

My Favorite Water Bottles

For water bottles, I really like these from Thermos (where to buy). I also use these Thermos containers for when I’m packing warm/hot foods, which is much less common. (where to buy)

My Favorite Snack Bags

Because my kids also need a daily snack packed for school, I like to use LunchSkins bags. They work just like ziplocks but are reusable! Their reusable snack bags are lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, and moisture-resistant to keep your food fresher longer.

School lunch ideas video

You can see all my lunch ideas in the video above, or scroll down to see all the photos.

School lunch idea photos…Mama Natural kids school lunch ideas 01

Veggies with hummus, grapes, nuts and banana muffin with a pat of butter.
Mama Natural kids school lunch ideas 02

Cheese stick, chick peas and wild rice, peppers, nuts, and dip.
Mama Natural kids school lunch ideas 09

Hot lunch! Leftover pasta with meat sauce, a salad and apple.
Mama Natural kids school lunch ideas 06

Sharp cheddar, black rice crackers, pistachios, tomatoes, and berry medley.

Turkey wrap with pomegranate salad

Turkey wrap with pomegranate salad.

Veggie patties, grilled zucchini, fruit with coconut

Veggie patties, grilled zucchini, fruit with coconut.

Chicken nuggets, chocolate strawberries with veggies

Chicken nuggets, chocolate strawberries with veggies.

Quinoa salad, hard-boiled bacon eggs, fruit gummy

Quinoa salad, hard-boiled bacon eggs, fruit gummy.

Grain-free sandwich, jicama & peppers, peas & pistachios

Grain-free sandwich, jicama & peppers, peas & pistachios.

Rice salad, plantain chips, fruit & veggies

Rice salad, plantain chips, fruit & veggies.

Roasted turkey, coleslaw, strawberries & coconut

Roasted turkey, coleslaw, strawberries & coconut.

Black rice noodles, ants on a log, veggies & fruit

 HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

Zucchini & Corn Muffins

ZUCCHINI & CORN MUFFINS

“Very moist and yummy muffins with a nice crunchy crust — YUM! I liked how easy these were to prepare and how quickly they came together.”

No-Bake Granola Bars

NO-BAKE GRANOLA BARS

“This gets a ‘seriously yum’ rating from me! They were easy to make and are pretty healthy too!”

CLUB WRAPS

“What a wonderful lunch idea. These are just delicious.”

PIZZA ROLL-UPS

“Really easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and onions to mine.”

YOGURT FRUIT BARS

“I made these to freeze and pack in the kids’ lunches — they’re so good! It was easy to sub in the ingredients I had on hand for a yummy treat.”

HAM & CREAM CHEESE ROLL-UPS

“These roll-ups taste great. They’re super easy to make and just delicious.”

SECRET SANDWICH

“These are so easy, yummy and a fun alternative to another boring sandwich. I used Hawaiian sweet rolls with turkey and Havarti, and they were delicious!”

LUNCHBOX PIZZA QUESADILLAS

“The whole family loved these. I used pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. I will try freezing them for quick snacks for the kids.”

PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SUSHI ROLLS

“I made these for my 7-year-old’s lunch. She was so excited! I put the whole rolls in the fridge overnight and sliced in the morning. They were much easier to slice cold.”

COPYCAT PIZZA LUNCHABLE

“I’ve been making the cheese-and-cracker Lunchables at home, but I never thought to make the pizza ones. My kindergartener loved it.”

BLT PINWHEELS

“I made these for my grand kids and they loved them — as did their parents.”

KIDDOS FAVORITE TRAIL MIX

“We had a blast making this. My kids polished off the whole batch and asked to make more.”

BANANA & OATMEAL SPONGE COOKIES

“My kid love these cookies. They’re a great, healthy snack on-the-go.”

APPLES & PEANUT BUTTER

“This is a delicious and healthy way to start the day.”

ANTS ON A LOG

“I made up a batch of these for school lunchboxes. They are very good! We like these better than the ones with the peanut butter.”

TWO-TONED SANDWICHES

“What a fun idea! I just used one cookie-cutter shape — a teddy bear — for my daughter’s lunch yesterday. It worked great and she loved it!”

HAM & CHEESE MUFFINS

“Easy to make and delicious! Great for a quick snack, but would also be great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch or tea — or elevenses, anyone? Yum!”

FROZEN FRUIT CUPS

“My kids loved these, and I love the fact that they don’t have a lot of extra sugar. I put some in a large container for dinner and some into one-cup plastic freezer jars to use in lunchboxes.”

SCHOOL OF FISH

Your kids will go gaga for these little swimmers. It’s amazing what you can do with four simple ingredients!

TORTILLA STARS

“This is a fantastic idea. They are everyone’s favorite snack at my house.”

CINNAMON APPLE CHIPS

“Fun and easy to make. Not very sweet at all, which I liked. Made a great snack alternative to potato chips.”

Pizza Scrolls

PIZZA SCROLLS

“I love these. They are perfect for my kids’ lunchboxes, as they don’t love traditional sandwiches. I will be using this recipe forever!”

Cheesy Taco Pockets

CHEESY TACO POCKETS

“These are very family-friendly, and the cheese ties the ingredients together well. They are awesome with sour cream and salsa!”

Thermos Noodle Soup

THERMOS NOODLE SOUP

“I’m giving this recipe five stars for sheer simplicity. It also happens to taste really great. Soup with no stove? Yes, please.”

Lunchbox Muffins

LUNCHBOX MUFFINS

“These are great! My 4-year-old is super picky, so her lunch-box gets a little boring — these are perfect. Next time I’m going to make a double batch!”

Lunchbox Fun-Due

LUNCHBOX FUN-DUE

“Wonderful! This is such a great idea. My daughter isn’t a big sandwich fan, so this really was right up her alley.”

HUMMUS PIZZA

For a fun twist on a lunch-room favorite, try packing the veggies separately so your kiddo can build his or her own pizza at lunch.

Snack Stackers (Lunchbox Surprise)

SNACK STACKERS (LUNCHBOX SURPRISE)

“Great idea! My first-grader loved it. He’s always begging for the ones already made up at the store, which I refuse to buy.”

Taco Roll-Ups

TACO ROLL-UPS

“My daughter and her friend ate these and loved them. There are some more in the freezer that I am sure will be great!”

Angry Birds Bento Box

ANGRY BIRDS BENTO BOX

“My son loves rice balls (onigiri), so I decided to make him an Angry Birds lunch box! My hubby was more impressed and snatched it for his office lunch instead!”

California Rollwich

CALIFORNIA ROLLWICH

“I made this for my grandson. He loves avocados, so that made it easy to sneak in other veggies.”

Ants on a Raft

ANTS ON A RAFT

“This is a yummy snack. I love that they’re made with things that I always have around the house.”

Yummy to the Tummy Clocks

YUMMY TO THE TUMMY CLOCKS

“This is a very cute idea for snack time.”

Cream Cheese & Cucumber Sailboats

CREAM CHEESE & CUCUMBER SAILBOATS

“This is such a fun recipe for kids and adults alike. I love the cute look and the fresh taste.”

Lady Grapefruit

LADY GRAPEFRUIT

“What a great idea. This motivated me to look for more recipes where I can decorate food for my kids.”

Orange Julius Roll-Ups

ORANGE JULIUS ROLL-UPS

“This is like a healthier way to make candy. It is a great recipe, I was very pleased.”

Ultimate Lunchbox Muffins

ULTIMATE LUNCHBOX MUFFINS

“These are so tasty and also have a lovely texture — very moist and soft on the inside, with a great crunchy crust. Who knew that healthy muffins could be this easy and tasty?!”

Lunchbox Taco Chicken Soup

LUNCHBOX TACO CHICKEN SOUP

“Great recipe! My son always asks for me to make it to take in his school lunch.”

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