Healthy School Lunches as Easy as 1-2-3

by Wendy on April 20, 2016

Make healthy, kid-friendly meals using our delicious ideas and nutritious recipes.  These simple ideas prove that cooking healthful food for kids is not only easy, but fast, too. Check out these ideas for wholesome packable main dishes and sides that will please even the pickiest kid critics.


BlueberryStarting your kids off right by packing school lunches with nutritious foods that taste good will help them establish healthy eating habits for life. Instead of a sandwich on white bread, bag of chips, and cookies, try some of the following healthy items for your child’s lunch box.


You don’t need to make an elaborate, creative meal every day.  On those rushed days just remember these three simple steps to a healthy lunch:

  1. A healthy main dish
  2. A fruit/veggie side
  3. A food from the dairy group


All you need to do is pack something from each of the three groups and your child will have a healthy balanced lunch!  Here are some quick, easy, and nutritious ideas from each of the groups:


Group 1 – Healthy Main Dish

Wraps made with whole wheat tortillas, containing either lean cold cuts or low-fat cream cheese topped with veggie slices

Low fat cheese spread on whole wheat crackers.

Mini-burritos made with rice and black beans or refried beans in a tortilla with tomato salsa

Whole grain bagels topped with cream cheese-vegetable spread

Cold strips of grilled chicken with honey mustard dip

Fish-shaped tuna sandwich with lettuce on whole wheat bread

Pretzel Kabobs – ham, turkey, and cheese rolled up together, sliced, and skewered with pretzel sticks

Bean salad

Whole-grain tortilla chips with salsa

Peanut butter and jelly on a whole wheat mini bagel

Whole wheat pita pockets with grilled-chicken strips and veggies


Group 2 – A Fruit/Veggie Side

Single portion-sized cups of unsweetened apple sauce or fruit without added sugar.

Baby carrots, celery sticks, seedless grapes, or apple slices

Dried cranberries or cherries are a sweet alternative for kids bored with raisins.

Mandarin oranges

Shelled edamame

Melon wedges

Cherry tomatoes with low-fat dressing

Pineapple chunks

Cucumber slices with hummus

Sugar snap peas


Group 3 – Foods from the Dairy Group

Dips made from yogurt or low fat sour cream.

Individual serving-sized packages of low fat yogurt, cottage cheese, or yogurt smoothies.

Low fat cheese cubes

String cheese and a handful of whole wheat crackers

Fat-free chocolate pudding

Low-fat vanilla yogurt with sliced strawberries


Check out our next post with ideas for some recipes for quick and easy main dishes you can pack for your child’s school lunch, and one fun and easy dessert idea!



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
My name is Wendy and I'm one of the main contributors to our blog. I'm a retired elementary school teacher who's found a new passion for all things relating to health and wellness. If you feel like your body is not in the place it should be, join the club! We're here to help get you where you want to be in a long term way, and avoiding any extreme diets in the process. We believe in natural sustainable methods to reach a state of homeostasis. We want to get our body, spirit, and soul into prime shape and really start loving ourselves! Wendy's favorite product is Raspberry Ketone 1234

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