Simple Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

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Looking for simple healthy lunch box ideas? Look no further. I’ve rounded upsome of my favourite healthy lunch box ideas that are perfect to take to school or work.

One of the biggest challenges of a healthy lifestyle can often be the lunches. Everyone seems to have the “lunch struggle,” especially when they’re living their busy lives. This article is designed to provide simple healthy lunch box ideas.

Simple Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

The start of a new year is a great time for changing up our old routines. You know, breaking away from bad habits-or just boring ones-and trying something new.

Where better to start than with your lunch box?

After all, we all have to eat lunch every day, but there’s no reason it has to be the same lunch every day. Sure, it’s easy to keep packing the same old turkey sandwich and apple and chips, Monday through Friday-but then one day, after three weeks straight of the same thing, you can find yourself pulling out that box at lunch time and realizing you just can’t face one more turkey sandwich.

And next thing you know, you’re hitting the drive-through and wolfing down a bacon double cheeseburger and spending the rest of the afternoon feeling bloated and greasy. So stop that Micky D’s run before it starts with a little lunchtime variety. Here’s a whole slew of fresh ideas for lunchtime-some from my blog, some from friends-that should keep your taste buds interested all month long.

Mixed green salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing packed with a salad in a plastic lunchbox

Chickpea Salad and Olive Spread

Chickpea salad and olive spread, chickpea and olive salad, veggies and strawberries packed in a lunch box

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwich

BBQ Chicken sandwich packed in a lunch box with fruit and veggies

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

showing crockpot soup leftovers packed for lunch

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups packed in a plastic lunch box

Baked Salmon & Avocado

Baked Salmon & Avocado packed in a lunch box

Avocado Shrimp Salad

Avocado Shrimp Salad packed in a lunchbox with olives, lettuce and crackers

Healthified Chicken Caeser Pita

Chicken Ceasar Pita sandwich packed in a lunch box

Stuffed Bagels

Stuffed Bagel packed in a lunch box with strawberries and carrots

Valentine’s Salad with guacamole

Valentine's themed Salad packed in a lunch box

Crockpot Cool Ranch Chicken Wrap

Sandwich wrap packed with a container of guacamole, blueberries and a granola bar

Easy Kale Salad ( kale and shredded deli meat) with s side of leftover Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, pita chips, strawberries and a kale salad packed in a plastic lunch box

Cowboy Caviar with some multigrain chips

 cowboy caviar packed in a lunch box with blueberries, chips and a granola bar

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce.

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad packed in a lunch box

Leftover Vegetable Pie with lunch meat, cracker, and fresh fruit.

Leftover vegetable pie packed in a lunch box

Quinoa Burger

Quinoa Burger packed in a lunch box with strawberries, cucumber and a hard boiled egg

Snack-box Style Lunch

fruit, vegetables, dip, cheese and a hard boiled egg packed in a plastic lunch box

Chopped salad with lentils and avocado

Salad with lentils, avocado and cheese packed in a plastic lunch box

Easy and healthy lunch box ideas for adults

My tips for packing an adult lunch box

Preparation is everything 
Save time by washing fruit and veggies as soon as you buy them. Choose fruit and vegetables that need minimum chopping, like grapes and cherry tomatoes.

Stay seasonal
Not only do seasonal fruits and veggies usually taste better, they’re often better for your budget too.

Plan ahead
Planning your bento box menu for the week will help save time, money and avoid food waste. Stretch your dollars and make your food go further by enjoying left over dinner for lunch the next day.

Get organised
Pack your pantry and fill your fridge and freezer with your favourite lunch box staples.

We like to cook our favourite lunch box items in bulk and freeze for later so that when we’re packing our lunch box we can grab and go. We always keep a stash of sausage rolls, meatballs and bliss balls in the freezer. Here are some similar frozen lunch ideas, suitable for kids and adults alike.

We always keep a stock of dried fruit, nuts, seeds and crackers in the pantry and have a selection of fruit, vegetables, antipasto items, cheese and at least one dip in the fridge. That way, we can always make something out of almost nothing!

Keep it colourful
Try to include a variety of colours in your lunch box. Not only does it look good but it’s good for you too, ensuring you’re lunch includes a wide range of nutrients.

Bento box inspiration

Need some lunch box inspiration? Here are some bento box lunches that are simple to make and delicious to eat.

Meatball bento
This bento box has baked meatballs, cheddar cheese, apple slices, grapes, carrot sticks and hummus.

meatball bento box with fruits ans veggies

Black bean bento

This bento box has some left over black bean salad, cottage cheese and pickles, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin hummus, natural corn chips and melon chunks.

Pasta bento

This bento box has left over pasta, cherry tomatoes and pickles, cheese and crackers, apple slices and walnuts.

Chicken bento

This bento box has some pasta salad, left over shredded chicken, cherry tomatoes, salsa and melon chunks.

Sushi bento

This bento box has homemade sushi, grapes, cherry tomatoes, baby pickles, nuts and a bliss ball.

sushi bento box with fruit and snacks

Bento box checklist

By including these items in your next supermarket shop, your pantry should be stocked to make many a bento box:

Savoury items

  • Baked meatballs
  • Savoury muffins
  • Frittata fritters
  • Vegetarian sausage rolls
  • Boiled eggs
  • Homemade sushi

Snacks

  • Crackers and cheese
  • Natural corn chips
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Bliss balls

Leftovers

  • Homemade pizza
  • Pasta
  • Cooked chicken
  • Quiche or frittata
  • Pasta salads

Antipasto

  • olives
  • pickles
  • cheese paired with a fruit or vegetable

One thing is for sure: With such a healthy, colourful and delicious looking lunch box, you’ll be the envy of the office

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

CLUB WRAPS

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

Pizza Roll-Ups

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

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

“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)

“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

“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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

Nemo Clownfish Snacks

NEMO CLOWNFISH SNACKS

“Easy and cute – who doesn’t love Nemo?”

PB&J Apple Roll-Ups

PB&J APPLE ROLL-UPS

“I made these for lunch and they were absolutely wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Split Pea Soup

SPLIT PEA SOUP

“It was delicious, and even the toddler and baby loved it. We sprinkled it with Parmesan to serve.”

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

BAKED SWEET POTATO CHIPS

“A nice healthy and very flavorful snack! Using a mandolin made nice thin chips quickly.”

Easy Granola Bars

EASY GRANOLA BARS

“These came together really quick, and the kids loved them!”

Strawberry Bruschetta

STRAWBERRY BRUSCHETTA

“Strawberries and cream cheese are always a perfect match and this recipe is a wonderful way to combine them.”

PORTOBELLO PIZZAS

This turned out fantastic! Both my 2 year old and my 1 year old gobbled these up. I will definitely make these again.

HEALTHY EGG SALAD SANDWICH

“A very nice sandwich!”

BANANA CARROT MUFFINS

“These are so good! My kids just gobbled them up.”

BLT PASTA SALAD

“If you find you don’t have bacon, use salami or pepperoni cut into strips. The possibilities are endless!”

CRISPY BAKED BEET CHIPS

“This was easy, tasty, salty and sweet.”

Lemon Kale Chips

LEMON KALE CHIPS

“So good! Adding spices such as curry or cayenne can make them tasty too.”

Cauliflower Tots

CAULIFLOWER TOTS

Swap out potatoes for healthier cauliflower for a crowd-pleasing side dish.

Muesli Sundaes

MUESLI SUNDAES

“Delicious! I added some frozen blueberries and a couple cut-up frozen strawberries.”

Southwestern Rice Bowl

SOUTHWESTERN RICE BOWL

“Very satisfying! I enjoyed this Vegetarian style and omitted the chicken.”

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