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Healthy School Lunch Ideas Easy

Time to get out of that PB&J rut and make school lunchtime more fun! Here are 6 easy and healthy school lunch ideas!

Get out of that PB&J rut and make delicious and healthy lunches for your kids with these six easy ways to make school lunch more fun!

Back to school time is here again, and it’s time to start thinking about school lunches! This year has been unusual, to say the least, and most likely back to school is looking a little different than you’re used to. Maybe you’re doing exclusive online learning, maybe you are homeschooling, or maybe your kids are attending in person, but on a modified schedule and/or with social distancing in place. Regardless of their learning situation this year, kids still need a healthy and delicious lunch to give them the energy to get through the day. Since it’s all too easy to fall into a PB&J sandwich rut day after day, I’m sharing my favorite tips and tricks to make school lunch healthy and fun!

6 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

1. Simplify Your Shopping Routine

Albertsons is my go-to store for convenient school lunch shopping. With Grocery Delivery and Drive Up & Go™ available, they have great options to make my life easier! I know I can always count on my local Albertsons store for fresh, high-quality produce, deli meat, and bakery favorites. I shopped at Albertsons in my local area, but you can also find convenient and delicious back to school lunch essentials at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, and Tom Thumb.

2. Keep it Kid-Sized

My kids tend to get overwhelmed if I serve them too much food, but they love it when I create kid-sized versions of their favorites. Slider-size buns are perfect for sandwiches and easy to fit in lunchboxes. They absolutely love turkey and cheese sandwiches, and I love that they’re easy to make ahead and store in the fridge for a whole week’s worth of lunches.

3. Add a Love Note

We could all use a little reassurance right now, and a sweet little note from Mom or Dad is the perfect way to brighten your child’s day. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy! Just a little something to show that you care can make a huge difference. (And if you’re a Star Wars fan, be sure to check out our adorable and funny Star Wars lunchbox jokes!)

4. Get Creative

If you have a reluctant eater, they may be more likely to actually eat their lunch if you present it in a fun way. Try cutting food into different shapes with cookie cutters, or arranging it in a fun design.

Get out of that PB&J rut and make delicious and healthy lunches for your kids with these six easy ways to make school lunch more fun!

My kids always love it when I make little skewers for them with turkey and cheese, or fresh fruit. Everything is more fun when it’s on a stick!

5. Add a Treat

Everyone loves a good treat, and Signature SELECT™ chocolate chip cookies from Albertsons are a classic! I usually only pack a dessert for my kids on Fridays, but they look forward to it all week long. If you have the time for some home baking, here are 10 cookie recipes that are perfect for school lunches!

6. Encourage Healthy Snacking

If your kids are learning at home, you’re probably already tired of the endless question, “Mom, can I have a snack?” Make life easier for yourself and have some healthy snacks all ready to go in the fridge. Albertsons makes it easy with fresh snack packs available in the produce and deli sections, including favorites like pre-cut fruit and nuts, hummus and pretzels, and guacamole and chips. I don’t mind my kids grazing a little throughout the day when I know that they’re eating healthy food. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can even arrange your snack pack on a fancy plate or cutting board to make a little charcuterie board for your tiny gourmand.

Get out of that PB&J rut and make delicious and healthy lunches for your kids with these six easy ways to make school lunch more fun!

Make school lunch more fun this year with fresh and healthy ingredients from Albertsons!

 SCHOOL LUNCH IDEAS

I’ve included these easy and kid-friendly school lunch recipes, tips and tricks below to make preparing school lunches a breeze. The lunchboxes, silicone muffin liners and condiment cups can all be purchased from Amazon.

Feel free to mix and match or swap out any of the fruits and snacks to suit your tastes.

1. DIY TORTILLAS (GLUTEN FREE, NUT FREE, SUBSTITUTIONS PROVIDED FOR DAIRY FREE)

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  • Tortilla chips – Use grain-free or gluten-free tortilla chips as needed. We like Siete Grain-Free Tortilla Chips.
  • Shredded cheese – leave out or use vegan cheese for dairy-free. We like Violife and Chao), grape tomatoes. 
  • Turkey – sub with chicken or ham. Or for a meatless option, sub with cooked tofu, tempeh or vegan deli slices, chickpeas for vegan.
  • Cheese – cut into circles OR string cheese – leave cheese out for dairy free version or use vegan cheese for dairy-free. We like Violife and Chao.
  • Fresh fruit – pictured above: peach slices, watermelon chunks, blueberries and blackberries

2. TURKEY AND CHEESE ROLL-UPS

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  • Turkey slices, swiss and cheddar cheese slices. Leave cheese out for dairy free version or use vegan cheese for dairy-free. We like Violife and Chao.  Or for a meatless option, sub with cooked tofu, tempeh or vegan deli slices, chickpeas for vegan.
  • Raw almonds (leave out for nut free version)
  • Raw veggies: celery, grape tomatoes, cauliflower and zucchini
  • Multi-grain or grain-free crackers with sunbutter. We like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers.
  • Apple slices
  • Grapes

3. DIY LUNCHABLES (NUT FREE, DAIRY FREE, SUBSTITUTIONS PROVIDED FOR GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Pita or tortilla triangles – Use grain-free or gluten-free tortillas as needed. We like Siete Grain-Free Tortillas.
  • Plantain chips
  • Zucchini or cucumber
  • Turkey OR your favorite deli meat – Or for a meatless option, sub with cooked tofu, tempeh or vegan deli slices, chickpeas for vegan.
  • Apple slices
  • Wholegrain mini crackers – use grain-free or gluten-free crackers as needed. We like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers.
  • Hummus (OR cream cheese if not dairy-free)
  • Fresh berries – (Pictured above: strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)
  • Pumpkin seeds and cranberries

4. HEALTHIER EGG “SALAD” SANDWICH – (NUT FREE, SUBSTITUTIONS PROVIDED FOR GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Avocado egg salad – scrambled eggs mixed with avocado, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread or wholewheat bread. (Use grain-free or gluten-free bread as needed. We like Base Culture or California Country Gal) – cut into bite-sized portions (mini grilled cheese sandwiches would also be another great option if you’re not dairy free)
  • Cooked corn on the cob
  • Raw vegetables – sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, shredded carrots (baby carrots), canned chickpeas
  • Vegan ranch or dairy-free Greek yogurt. We like Culina or Kite Hill
  • Fruit – cubed watermelon (or a homemade fruit leather)

5. DIY PIZZA (NUT FREE, SUBSTITUTIONS PROVIDED FOR DAIRY FREE AND GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Pita or tortilla triangles – Use grain-free or gluten-free tortillas as needed. We like Siete Grain-Free Tortillas.
  • Turkey pepperoni slices – sub with plant-based pepperoni slices for a vegan option.
  • Pizza sauce or salsa
  • Shredded cheese – use vegan cheese for dairy-free. We like Violife and Chao.
  • Raw vegetables – grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber or zucchini, shredded carrots
  • Fresh fruit – cubed watermelon and grapes

6. SMASHED CHICKPEA SANDWICH (DAIRY FREE, NUT-FREE AND SUBSTITUTIONS FOR GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Smashed Chickpea Sandwich – with multigrain bread (Use grain-free or gluten-free bread as needed. We like Base Culture or California Country Gal) – cut into bite-sized portions – fill with smashed chickpeas, smashed avocado, salt & pepper, kale (or lettuce)
  • Fresh fruit – peach slices, blackberries, chopped watermelon
  • Raw vegetables – zucchini, cucumber and / or celery
  • Banana
  • Hummus with sugar or snap peas and multigrain crackers – use grain-free or gluten-free crackers as needed. We like Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers.

7. TACO SALAD (GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries
  • Plantain chips
  • Cranberry Energy Bites OR you can make your own trail mix
  • Taco Salad – lettuce, black beans, sliced tomatoes and shredded cheese – leave cheese out for dairy free version or use vegan cheese for dairy-free. We like Violife and Chao.
  • Unsweetened apple sauce
  • Grapes

8. HEALTHIER EGG “SALAD” SANDWICH – (NUT FREE, SUBSTITUTIONS PROVIDED FOR GLUTEN FREE)

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  • Avocado egg salad – scrambled eggs mixed with avocado, Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper with multigrain bread or wholewheat bread  (Use grain-free or gluten-free bread as needed. We like Base Culture or California Country Gal) – cut into bite-sized portions (mini grilled cheese sandwiches would also be another great option if you’re not dairy free)
  • Cooked corn on the cob
  • Pumpkin seeds and cranberries
  • Apple slices with dairy-free Greek yogurt – We like Culina or Kite Hill.
  • Fresh berries – (Pictured above: strawberries, blueberries and blackberries)

9. TUNA SALAD – (NUT FREE, LOW CARB, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE, WHOLE30, KETO, PALEO, DAIRY-FREE)

  • Tuna salad – tuna mixed with Whole30 mayo + salt + pepper + chopped celery. Use Smashed Chickpea Salad for a meatless option.
  • Avocado slices + Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning, cherry tomatoes + sliced cucumbers + broccoli
  • Spiralized zucchini + marinara sauce
  • Pumpkin seeds + sunflower seeds + unsweetened organic coconut flakes

10. TURKEY  – (LOW CARB, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE, WHOLE30, KETO, PALEO, DAIRY-FREE)

  • Trader Joe’s nitrate free turkey slices
  • Guacamole + celery + broccoli + Applegate Turkey Pepperoni + cherry tomatoes
  • Egg muffins – you can sub with Just Egg for a plant-based option
  • Pecans + macadamia nuts
  • 7 simple and healthy school lunch ideas to make mornings easier

  • Serve the kids a lunchtime staple with an inventive twist. By rolling the bread flat, this PB&J sandwich transforms into sushi rolls that are fun to eat with a fork and knife or chopsticks.

    Mini Monster Sandwiches

    Mini Monster Sandwiches

    Halloween will be here before you know it so why not give a ham and cheese sandwich a spooky makeover with olive eyes? It only takes a few minutes to cut out shapes in the cheese and bread for a totally silly creation kids will enjoy gobbling up.

    I Heart Panini

    I Heart Panini

    The contents of this grilled panini can be swapped with whatever kind of cheese or deli meat you have on hand. The sweetest part? This dish is shaped like a heart.

    Message in a Bottle Sandwich

    Message in a Bottle Sandwich

    Grab some cookie cutter letters and carve out love notes to little (or big) kids. Whether you write, “Good luck on the exam,” or “I love you to the moon and back,” it’s easy to feel appreciated when mom or dad sends a personal note. When looking for ways to avoid allergens like peanuts, swap the nut butter for cafeteria-friendly sunflower seed butter.

    Sunflower Butter & Grape Sandwich

    Sunflower Butter & Grape Sandwich

    So many kids love PB&Js, but sometimes the sugar content of the jam and the need for an alternative to peanut butter (many districts don’t allow peanut products these days) call for a different kind of sandwich. Nutritionist Frances Largeman-Roth swaps high-fructose jelly for freshly sliced grapes and uses sunflower butter.

    Minion Bento Sandwich

    Minion Bento Sandwich

    These Minion characters look like a pastry chef’s work of art, but all parents really need to master this sandwich design are orange and yellow cheese, some nori wrappers and kitchen shears. Decorating the Minions with different facial expressions is also a fun activity for kids to do if they’re at home and can help make lunch themselves.

    Easy entrées for kids

    Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

    Easy Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders

    Rather than heating up frozen nuggets or deep frying fingers, simulate the crunch of classic chicken fingers with this oven-baked recipe. Make it ahead of time and serve cold or give them a quick reheat in the oven or microwave.

    Healthy English Muffin Pizza

    Healthy English Muffin Pizza

    We gave this kid classic a makeover that still hits all the flavor marks and is super easy for parents (or older kids) to make. Instead of using pepperoni made with beef and pork, use turkey pepperoni, which has fewer calories and less fat. Feel free to top the mini pizzas with whatever colorful veggies your kids will enjoy.

    Kid-Friendly Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Kid-Friendly Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Kid-Friendly Rainbow Pasta Salad

    Boost the nutrition value of pasta salad by using one made with chickpeas and then speckle it with colorful veggies. For an extra boost of protein, try adding canned tuna or diced leftover chicken.

    Mini-Corn and Ham Frittatas

     Mini-Corn and Ham Frittatas

    Mini-Corn and Ham Frittatas

    Frittatas are an all-in-one, fuss-free meal to enjoy anytime of day. This recipe is packed with veggies and gets plenty of protein from the eggs and ham. You can make it ahead of time and freeze a big batch to defrost later in the week.

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Empanadas

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Empanadas

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Empanadas

    Empanadas typically contain a mixture of meats and potatoes, but this version has a sweeter side. Bake the PB&J empanadas in advance to pack in lunch bags throughout the week, or serve them warm out of the oven as an after school snack. You may want to double the recipe because this one is a hit with both kids and grown-ups.

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