Healthy Lunch Recipes For High School Students


You came to the right place if you’re looking for healthy lunch recipes for high school students. This blog post is going to give you some great ideas for quick and easy meals that are nutritious and delicious. Here’s a list of recipes we’ve included below:

Why you need healthy lunch recipes for high school students: High school is a crazy period of your life. You constantly feeling tired, stressed and even overwhelmed. Studies show that students are more often exhausted rather than energized in the afternoon after finishing morning classes.

Healthy Lunch Recipes For High School Students

Tt happened this summer…. July 10/20 to be precise. I became the parent of not 1, but 2 teenagers. I have a 15 year old and a 13 year old. I don’t know how this happened so fast, but here we are.
collage of 4 photos of healthy school lunch ideas for teens
And although they are making their own lunches a lot of the time, lunches are still a challenge. With this in mind and the help of my fellow food bloggers, I have put together a list of 15 healthy school lunch ideas for teens. And not only are they healthy, several of these lunches are healthier versions of meals that teens love, like tacos, pizza, fried rice, Ceasar salad and sushi! They are also ready to eat (none require heating and can be eaten COLD) and many can be made ahead or take only a few minutes to put together. And the best part is they are easy – teenagers can even make them on their own!

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.

inside of an empty lunch box

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!

Teenagers LOVE their pizza and these Healthy Pizza Dippers are not only a teenager’s dream lunch, they are a parent’s. They are quick and easy to make with 2 ingredient dough (Greek yogurt and flour) and can be made ahead, frozen, heated or eaten cold, making them the perfect lunch box meal because they are ready to eat. Younger kids can help make them and older teens can make them on their own with the easy step by step directions included in the recipe!
pizza dipper being dipped into pizza sauce with pieces, an apple, carrots and lunch bag in background.
This tasty, Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad sandwich is made in 15 minutes with frozen breaded chicken, pickle relish, celery, eggs, and mayo. What’s not to love about this iconic salad? Teens can easily make this on their own!
These Muffin Tin Sushi Cups are super easy to make, so adorable and full of healthy goodness! Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
Muffin tin sushi cups on blue platter
These Taco Salad Meal Prep Taco Bowls are made with healthy ground turkey and filled with black beans, sweet corn, shredded cheese, crisp lettuce, and all your favorite toppings. Enjoy these delicious Taco Bowls for dinner and repurpose the leftovers into perfectly portioned make-ahead meal prep lunches.
This Italian Chicken Salad is fresh, easy, and bursting with flavor. It takes 10 minutes to make and your teen can make it on their own! Loaded with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, black olives and pesto, this fun twist on a classic flavor will have you coming back for more. This salad is perfect for an easy lunch or dinner and makes delicious sandwiches, too!
open Italian chicken salad sandwich
Who doesn’t love fried rice?! I know my teenagers are fried rice crazy – my 15 year old always wants to make it. And it doesn’t get better than healthy fried rice salad! This lunchbox fried rice salad takes the boring out of your lunchbox! Best served cold.
lunchbox fried rice salad in bento box in front with more fried rice salad in background
This Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap will take you 5 minutes to throw together. Make it with leftover turkey or deli meat. Either way, this tortilla wrap recipe makes a great lunch box meal for kids and adults alike. Teens can easily make this on their own, as this recipe uses pre-cooked bacon (heated in microwave)!
Quick Turkey club ranch wrap |tortilla sandwich wrap -
Pasta de Bocaditos {Cuban Deviled Ham Sandwiches} are little bites of deliciousness. Filled with ham, cream cheese and roasted red peppers. You won’t be able to stop at one!
cuban deviled ham sandwiches on black plate with more sandwiches in background
This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is a simple dish that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. Romaine lettuce, fresh pasta, chicken, and Parmesan cheese are tossed in a creamy caesar dressing that’s full of flavor. Light, yet filling, this easy dish makes a delicious weeknight meal with leftovers for lunch the next day. I know my teens would go crazy for this as leftovers for lunch!
chicken caesar pasta salad in white bowl
My kids may be teenagers, but I’m pretty sure they’d take the crustless sandwich over the one with crust. That’s why these Homemade uncrustables are perfect for a teen’s lunch box. They are a quick, freezable, kid-friendly option for easy school lunches! You control the ingredients, and they are healthier and generally come out cheaper than their store-bought counterparts.
No matter how old kids are, they still love lunchables! Homemade lunchables are a popular trend all kids love! These are made with store-bought phyllo cups and can be filled with any savory or sweet filling including leftovers making them fun and delicious!
Who doesn’t love a good Reuben sandwich, especially when it’s healthy! I know my teens do. A simple and easy light Reuben wrap sandwich recipe made with sliced deli roast beef, baby Swiss cheese, red cabbage, homemade thousand island dressing rolled up in a high fiber wrap. This protein-packed recipe is perfect for lunch meal prep!
lighter reuben wrap - ingredients on tortilla
This bento box idea is a quick and easy cold meal of Ukrainian sausage (kubasa/kielbasa), cubed cheddar cheese, sliced dill pickles, rye bread, crackers, mustard and baby carrots. It’s just like the late night snack you’d have at a prairie “social”!
ukrainian 'social meal' in bento box
Chinese chicken salad goes plant-based with this delicious vegan recipe. This pasta salad is packed with mini sweet peppers, mandarins, green onions, spinach and carrots, then tossed with a sesame ginger dressing and topped with Chow Mein noodles for added crunch!
Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad in bento box
Ham Roll Ups will be your favorite back to school lunch solution! Super quick and easy to make, these tasty ranch ham and cream cheese roll ups are totally teen-approved.

Check out this recipe

Healthy student meal recipes

  • Mexican pulled chicken & beans

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.Mexican pulled chicken & beans

    This budget-busting sharing platter of slow-cooked chipotle chicken is perfect for feeding a crowd – and won’t break a student budget, either

  • Pasta e fagioli

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.Two bowls of pasta e fagioli soup

    Make this vegan soup in the slow cooker for a super-easy, healthy supper. Packed with veg, pasta and beans, it’s a satisfying soup for winter

  • Butter bean, mushroom & bacon pot pies

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.Three butter bean, mushroom & bacon pot pies

    Top these mushroom, bacon, kale and tarragon pies with butter bean smash to make a healthy main meal that’s big on flavour but light on calories

  • Aubergine & chickpea stew

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.Aubergine & chickpea stew served in a bowl

    Dig out the slow cooker to make this stew. Topped with toasted pine nuts and served with flatbreads, it makes a healthy and nutritious vegan meal

  • Tuna & sweetcorn fish cakes

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.Raid-the-cupboard tuna sweetcorn cakes

    Tinned fish and sweetcorn are a lifesaver when you need to rustle up some simple potato patties for a healthy, budget-friendly supper

  • Chicken biryani pilau

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.Chicken biryani pilau

    Easy and cheap to recreate at home, students won’t need to order takeaways ever again!

  • Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.Spiced lentil & butternut squash soup served in bowls

    Cook a big batch of this filling spiced lentil and squash soup and freeze the leftovers for a speedy supper another day. It’s healthy and low in fat

  • Miso noodles with fried eggs

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.A bowl of wholemeal noodles with vegetables and fried eggs

    This quick and healthy veggie dinner has a base of wholemeal noodles for a filling, fibre-rich supper. It’s packed with 4 of your 5-a-day, plus vitamin C and iron too

  • Big-batch bolognese

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.Big-batch bolognese

    Whip up a huge batch of bolognese that’s fit to feed a hungry crowd, or freeze half for a speedy midweek meal

  • Linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

    A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.Two plates serving linguine with avocado, tomato & lime

    Use guacamole ingredients to make this low-calorie vegan linguine which can also be served cold as a pasta salad. It delivers on flavour and it’s healthy.

  • Homemade muesli with oats, dates & berries

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.Bowl of muesli with berries

    Packed with oats, pecans, seeds, dates, puffed wheat and berries, this delicious breakfast muesli will help you to start your day the right way

  • Black beans & avocado on toast

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.Mexican beans & avocado on toast

    A vibrant Mexican-style breakfast with fresh avocado and black beans. Give yourself a healthy start with our easy vegan beans on toast with a twist

  • Burrito bowl with chipotle black beans

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.Mexican beans & avocado on toast

    This healthy burrito bowl is chock full of veggies and greens, perfect for a filling lunch. This is one vegetarian meal that tastes just as good as it looks

  • Mexican-style bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.Mexican-style bean soup with shredded chicken & lime

    Use leftover chicken breast in this substantial healthy soup. Alternatively, make the recipe vegetarian by topping with chunky, fresh guacamole

  • Masala frittata with avocado salsa

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.Masala frittata with avocado salsa

    A spicy twist on a simple frittata recipe, with Masala paste, coriander and plump cherry tomatoes. Pair it with our avocado salsa for a light and budget-friendly supper

  • Bircher muesli with apple & banana

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.Bircher muesli with apple & banana

    Soaking oats and seeds overnight makes them easier to digest, and the muesli will be extra creamy. Great for a quick breakfast straight from the fridge

  • Veggie wholewheat pot noodle

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.Veggie wholewheat pot noodle

    This clever packed lunch is super healthy, with crisp vegetables, wholewheat noodles and a spicy, zingy dressing

  • Thai prawn & ginger noodles

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.Thai prawn & ginger noodles

    This seafood stir-fry, with fiery ginger and crunchy veg, is as healthy as it is delicious – a low-fat and low-calorie weeknight dinner

  • Stir-fry with broccoli & brown rice

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.Stir-fried Quorn with broccoli & brown rice

    Combine ready-to-cook vegetarian, chicken-style pieces with super-healthy broccoli, ginger and garlic for a quick, veggie dinner

  • Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

    Pan-fry lean chicken breast with lime, chilli and garlic, then pile onto seeded tortilla wraps. Cool before assembling if packing for lunch

  • Egg & rocket pizzas

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.Egg & rocket pizzas

    Use seeded tortillas as pizza bases for a quick and healthy lunch – crack an egg in the centre and bake to boost protein intake

  • Fruit & nut breakfast bowl

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.Fruit & nut breakfast bowl

    Top cheap and healthy porridge oats with chopped fresh oranges, Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of dried fruit, nuts and seeds

  • Red lentil & carrot soup

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.Red lentil & carrot soup

    This warming and budget-friendly vegetarian soup is perfect packed in a flask for lunch. It’s also easy to double the quantities and freeze half for later

  • Courgette tortilla with toppings

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.Courgette tortilla with toppings

    Transform everyday eggs into a flavour-packed dish with hummus, peppers and olives – a great healthy vegetarian lunch

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