Healthy Simple Lunch Ideas For School

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This post presents healthy simple lunch ideas for school students. Here the author provides a list of easy and quick to prepare healthy lunch recipes which can help you in your busy schedule.

Are you looking for easy and healthy simple lunch ideas for school? If so, this is the perfect place to start. I’ll show you just how easy it is to make a lunch that’s not only healthy and nutritious for your daughter or son, but tasty as well. Your kids will be so excited to eat!

Healthy Simple Lunch Ideas For School

Getting the kids ready for school is challenging, especially at the beginning of a new school year. You need to make sure they have everything they need from new clothes to school supplies to backpacks.

Then there is the epic challenge of deciding what to pack for their lunches. Your kiddos can only handle so many PB&Js (if peanut butter is even allowed at their school), but finding foods that are nutritious and simple to put together—and ones that they will actually eat—seems next to impossible.

Not sure where to begin this year? We’re here to help.

Start by picking up a small assortment of containers and accessories that give you flexibility. For instance, a divided container allows you to pack various lunch components; a thermal container keeps food warm or cold; and small containers with lids are perfect for dips and loose treats, such as crackers or fruit snacks.

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Once you have a solid collection of containers, you can focus on the fixings. To save you some time and stress, we’ve pulled together a fun roundup of kid-friendly meals with ideas for even the pickiest palates.

1. Pizza Rollups

No need to wait for pizza day on the school lunch menu. Whip up these three-ingredient goodies over the weekend (they freeze beautifully) and expect them to become a fast favorite.

2. Nut Butter Wafflewiches

Who says waffles are only for breakfast? Add nut butter to homemade whole-grain waffles (use a mix to make it easier). Spread with peanut butter and jelly or your child’s favorite sandwich filling for a protein-packed lunch they will love.

3. Sandwich Kabobs

Food is always more fun on a stick and sandwiches are no different. Cut bread, meat, cheese and other favorites into fun shapes and serve them on skewers.

4. Pita Wedges with Hummus

Chickpeas are loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins, so you can feel great about serving kids this super-simple lunch staple. The dipping factor adds a measure of fun, to boot.

5. DIY Pizzables

Swap the processed packages and offer a healthier alternative. Kids can assemble their own pizzas using your favorite flatbread, rounds, tortillas or even bagels as the base.

6. Leftover Chicken Salad

A rotisserie chicken from the grocery store can be a weeknight lifesaver for busy parents. Don’t toss out the leftovers, because you can transform them into a succulent salad for your child’s lunchbox.

7. Homemade Spaghetti-Os

Upgrade those saucy, circular noodles from your own childhood by making them from scratch. You’ll get oodles more noodles for your money without all of the unwanted preservatives. They’re surprisingly simple to make, as well.

8. Granola, Apple and PB Wraps

This well-rounded wrap provides tantalizing taste and texture with sweet, chewy raisins; creamy nut butter; crunchy granola and crisp, tart apple shreds rolled up in a whole-grain flatbread.

9. Twice-Baked Potatoes

Make a few extra taters at dinner for a vitamin-filled lunch that will satisfy your hungry student. Send them cold or pack heated potatoes in thermal containers to ensure a warm, filling meal.

10. Salad in a Cup

Encourage kids to eat their veggies by stuffing salad into a plastic cup, with a lid, of course. Drizzle on the dressing or serve it on the side.

HELPFUL TIPS WHEN PACKING SCHOOL LUNCHES

PLAN AHEAD

Make back to school lunches ahead of time at night and portion off any dried snacks that keep well on Sundays for the rest of the week.

MIX IT UP

Include a variety so your child doesn’t get bored. Switch things up and pair different snacks, fruits, carbs and protein. Leftovers like muffins, pasta salads or chilled sesame noodles are some great choices for school lunch ideas for kindergarten and high school.

GRANOLA BAR RECIPES:

  • Healthy Homemade Granola Bars -12 Ways
  • Pumpkin Cashew Butter Granola Bars
  • 5 Ingredient Granola Bars
  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips Granola Bars
  • No-Bake Granola Bars with Almond & Cranberry
  • Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars

BREAKFAST COOKIE RECIPES:

  • Healthy Breakfast Cookies – 12 Ways
  • Zucchini Breakfast Cookies (Flourless)
  • Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

ENERGY BITE RECIPES

  • Energy Bites – 12 Ways
  • Cranberry Energy Bites
  • Almond Joy Energy Bites
  • Healthy School Lunch Recipes

  • Granola Bars

    Granola Bars

    Rating: 4.34 stars
    Quick, easy granola bars.
    Playgroup Granola Bars

    Playgroup Granola Bars

    Rating: 4.54 stars1951
    My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they’ve been a staple! My son requests them almost daily so I usually triple the recipe and make 2 trays so we have plenty on hand.
    Extra Easy Hummus

    Extra Easy Hummus

    Rating: 4.32 stars
    Tahini-free hummus that only takes minutes, and is a favorite with my kids.
    Ants on a Log

    Ants on a Log

    Rating: 4.58
    This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.
    Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

    Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

    Rating: 4.35 stars
    Best eaten at room temperature.
    Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

    Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

    Rating: 3.9 stars
    This is a great version of your basic peanut butter sandwich! Applesauce is used in place of jelly. Kids love it, and it has less sugar than regular jelly so it is much better for you.
    Berry Fruit Salad

    Berry Fruit Salad

    Rating: 4.62 stars
    Mixture of different delicious berries.
    Oatmeal Crackers

    Oatmeal Crackers

    Rating: 3.8 stars
    Made these for my daughter one day. She likes them more than store-bought ones, and I like knowing what she’s eating.
    Alphabet Soup

    Alphabet Soup

    Rating: 4.31 stars
    A quick and easy vegetable soup made with ground round and spicy vegetable juice cocktail. My kids love it!
    Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

    Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

    Rating: 4.46 stars
    This is a great recipe for those times when you have half a can of pumpkin left over. The muffins taste great right from the oven, but are even better the next day—if they last that long! Kids love them and it’s a good way to sneak fruits, veggies, and fiber into their diets.
    Fruit Leather

    Fruit Leather

    Rating: 4.42 stars
    Make your own fruit leather out of apples and pears, and enjoy it as a snack any time.

    Inspiration and Ideas

    Lunch Box Pita Pockets

    Lunch Box Pita Pockets

    Rating: Unrated11
    “Great! Sure beats the standard sandwich lunch I pack for my teen.” – DONNA
    Perfect Apple Chips

    Perfect Apple Chips

    Rating: Unrated1
    “Perfect snack chips: no fat, low sugar. You can also sprinkle these with curry powder for a different flavor.”
    Fresh Veggie Bagel Sandwich

    Fresh Veggie Bagel Sandwich

    Baked Apple Chips

    Baked Apple Chips

    Rating: Unrate

    Carrot Pulp Muffins

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    Looking at the mound of carrot pulp from my juicer and then at my 2-1/2-year-old daughter (who loves bread) inspired me to experiment… This muffin is dense, healthy, and can be tweaked to suit your tastes. As is, it is not sweet, but you could certainly add mashed ripe banana or pineapple. Once out of the oven, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.

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