Are you looking for healthy easy lunch ideas for high school? I know it can be a challenge especially if you are trying to avoid all the processed foods that are offered at most convenience stores and gas station. Not only can this become expensive, but it will leave you hungry as well. All you need is a few simple and healthy easy lunch ideas for high school to help save you money and improve your health!
Healthy Easy Lunch Ideas For High School
Given the current state, heating up lunches at my kids’ schools is not an option. My kids are not only designated to certain floors, bathrooms and stairwells this year, they no longer have access to a microwave. Unfortunately for me, I’ve always relied on frozen meals (A LOT more than I’d like to admit) and other lunch ideas for teens that require reheating. And for some weird reason, my kids refuse to use a thermos these days- I guess it’s no longer “cool.”
S**t just got real!
So… I find myself scrambling to ensure we have lots of ideas for cold lunches and trying to decide what to make for lunches that they’ll like, that are healthy, I can eat myself, don’t require reheating and won’t take a ton of time ! If you find yourself in the same boat, you’ll love these ready to eat school lunch ideas for teens.
When I look back at what I ate for lunch as a teenager, that’s when I get concerned. Let’s just say I ate more fries and gravy at the cafeteria than any person should have. However, the school cafeterias and canteens probably won’t be open this year, so at least I get a bit of a reprieve on that. And fortunately, all the years we nagged our kids (aka tried to instill healthy eating habits in them) seem to be paying off. My teenagers are both pretty health conscious now and like the idea of eating healthier versions of the junkier foods they love! So without further adieu…here are a collection of delicious school lunch ideas!
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16 Ridiculously Easy School Lunches
1 of 16Better Peanut Butter Sandwich
If your kids are allowed to bring peanut butter to school and they’re tired of the PB&J staple, this fun, sweet fruit ingredient will be a welcome surprise. It also has less sugar than jelly.
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2 of 16Alphabet Soup
Take the school spelling lesson to silly — and delicious — heights when you send your little ones off for the day with one of these easy school lunches in a Thermos. It’s a great way to sneak in a serving or two of veggies, too!
3 of 16Tor-Tunas
Take tuna fish for a spin when you roll it up in a tortilla with greens for an easy school lunch. Seal it with plastic or foil so it stays wrapped up in the lunch bag.
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4 of 16Chicken Quesadillas
This easy weeknight dinner will make the kids smile when they see this cheesy chicken lunch for their midday meal. Make them ahead of time, warm up in the microwave, and seal in aluminum foil before the school day.
5 of 16Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling
If your child (or family) is a vegetarian, this hearty sandwich spread will be a welcome change from soggy salads and nut butter sandwiches. It’s one of the easy school lunches that can be made with simple staples you probably have in your kitchen.
6 of 16Fresh Dill Pasta Salad
This cold salad is made with fresh dill, cooked shrimp, cucumber, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. It’ll remind your teen of their favorite spring flavors that can be enjoyed at any time of year.
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7 of 16Easy Homemade Chili
Serve this family-favorite weekday dinner for lunch with shredded cheese, whole-grain crackers, and fruit for a warm, hearty easy school lunch they’ll want over and over again.
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8 of 16California Club Turkey Sandwich
The ho-hum turkey school lunch option gets a few upgrades with avocado, cream cheese, and sunflower seeds for crunch! Serve it on your child’s favorite type of bread with a bag of chips or pretzels.
9 of 16Individual Baked Eggs
Egg cups are known for being a simple grab-and-go breakfast — especially if mom or dad is watching their carbs — but they make a yummy lunch option, too. Cheese and bacon (or swap in cooked sausage) add a savory element. You could also add cooked, chopped veggies to this easy school lunch option for more vitamins and nutrients.
10 of 16BLT Wraps
While you’re baking or pan-frying that bacon for the eggcups, cook a few more for BLT sandwiches or these BLTs in a tortilla wrap. “The recipe by itself is perfect or for a little variety can use any combinations such as mayo ranch salsa sour cream, cream cheese, and guacamole,” writes reviewer Angela Schmidt.