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School Lunch and Snack Ideas

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

Back-to-school is right around the corner, and I recommend packing a lunch and both a mid-morning and an afternoon snack for your child to have throughout the day.

Many parents hear this and think: “What in the world do I pack in my child’s lunch each day that is quick and easy, without packing the same thing every day?” I know this may seem daunting (and repetitive!) but don’t worry, I have lots of yummy and healthy ideas to add variety to your child’s week!

Here are some specific, simple, “real food” solutions that can get you out of your PB&J rut:

  • Add a raw fruit and a vegetable, like a cut melon and carrots

  • Chicken or shrimp salad

  • Cut-up vegetables with hummus or guacamole

  • Cut-up fresh fruit—rotate through seasons

  • Mixed berry puree

  • Hard-boiled eggs

  • Pinwheels made of either turkey and cheese or roast beef and cheese

  • Unsweetened applesauce

  • Nut and seed trail mix

  • Almond bread, Ezekiel bread (for gluten free) or 100% whole grain bread sandwiches made of peanut or almond butter with sliced strawberries or roast beef, turkey, or chicken with hummus or guacamole, cheese, and pickles

  • String cheese

Ideal snacks start with a fresh fruit and vegetable and could include:

  • Celery or an apple with peanut butter

  • Smoothies with fruit, chia seeds, protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk, plain yogurt, and/or coconut water

  • Nut and seed trail mix

  • Sliced fruit with plain yogurt—you can sweeten the yogurt with unsweetened applesauce and nuts

  • Cut-up vegetables, like carrots, celery, or other crispy veggies, with healthy dips like hummus or guacamole

  • Vegetable soups

  • Sliced apples with cinnamon

  • Omelet or frittata

  • Meat and cheese pinwheels

  • Ezekiel bread (for gluten free) or 100% whole grain bread with nut butter and a side of fruit

  • Mini meatballs and fresh melon served with toothpicks

  • Tomatoes and basil with mozzarella cheese on skewers—you can add balsamic vinaigrette


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