10 More Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids (for the School Lunch Box or Home)

With the back to school season upon us, something that’s been on my mind is what to pack in my kids’ lunch boxes. We want to have plenty of ideas ready before school starts so that lunch packing is easy, not stressful.

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Are you stuck in a lunch rut? These 10 healthy lunch ideas for kids are simple, healthy and fun to eat! I really enjoy thinking up new lunch ideas and creating these lunchbox posts. Last summer I shared these 10 healthy school lunches for kids and these no fuss school lunch ideas (make ahead). Those two posts are full of ideas that I rely on when packing my kids’ lunch boxes.

Recently I challenged myself to come up with ten more lunchbox ideas. That’s two week’s worth of school lunches. You can mix and match the mains and sides to create lunches that work for you and your family. Today I’m sharing these easy, healthy ideas to help you freshen up your back to school lunch-packing routine!

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I like to get my kids involved in packing their own lunches. Even from a young age, kids can help with planning what to buy for the week, choosing foods at the grocery store, and packing their own lunchboxes. Having your kids help with the process teaches them about healthy food choices and makes them more likely to eat their lunch at school.

With kids, just like with adults, presentation of food is so important. If your child opens up their lunch box and their lunch looks appealing, they are more likely to eat it. I try to pack a variety of colorful foods in my kids’ lunches each day. A rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables is both good for the body and appealing to the eye. 🙂

The lunch containers that you use also play a part in presentation. I love to use bento-style containers, because when my kids open up their lunches they have the whole meal visible and ready to eat. This type of container also avoids plastic baggie waste and makes lunch packing more fun!

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I’ve recently discovered LunchBots stainless steel containers and I love them! (This post is not sponsored, I’m just sharing in case you need a lunch container recommendation.) They are the containers I’ve used to pack all of the lunches you see in this post (I have two different styles of 3-section containers-this is the second type), and they also have 1, 2, 4, and 5-section containers.

I like the 3-section containers for younger kids (they’re perfect for preschool lunches) and kids who aren’t big eaters at school (my 3rd grader falls in this category). When you pack a balance of protein, fruits/vegetables, and carbohydrates in them, the 3-section containers really do hold a good amount of food. I also like that they leave some extra room in the bigger lunchbox , so that you can pack a drink or snack for recess time.You can see what I mean in this photo:

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The LunchBots containers aren’t leak-proof, so if you want to pack something like a container of yogurt it’s also nice to have a space in the bigger lunchbox to do that.

Other tools I find useful for packing school lunches:

Once this school year starts, I’ll have a 3rd grader, Kindergartner and preschooler. (Plus a new baby arriving shortly after school starts!) Our Kindergarten is half day, so my son will be eating lunch at home. Even so, I plan to make his lunch at the same time as I pack my daughter’s and just keep it in our refrigerator until lunch time. I’ll also pack one for my preschooler for both the days she’s at home and the days she’s at school. That way, I only have to make lunches once a day.

I may even pack a lunch for myself! I’ll definitely have my hands full with a new baby and multiple school pickups, so I’m sure I’ll appreciate having a healthy meal ready come lunchtime. 🙂

Here they are… 10 more healthy lunch ideas!

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Homemade granola, plain Greek yogurt (on the side), hard boiled egg, fresh fruit salad.

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  • Tortilla pizza (Spread a small amount of tomato sauce on whole grain tortilla, top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 425 degrees F for 4-8 minutes, until cheese is melted. Cool before slicing and placing in lunch box.)
  • Carrot and bell pepper sticks, olives.

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Cream cheese and cinnamon sandwich on whole wheat (cut into cubes), tomatoes and chickpeas, apple slices.

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Carrot and bell pepper sticks, high protein chocolate black bean muffin, trail mix (in this mix I put almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots, raisins, pretzel thins and Cheerios).

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Mini blueberry pancakes (I used this recipe and added fresh blueberries), hard boiled egg, apple slices.

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  • Whole wheat pita bread, grapes.
  • Greek couscous salad (Cook 10 ounce package couscous according to package directions. Let cool. Whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Stir into couscous. Stir in halved cherry tomatoes, halved pitted kalamata olives, chickpeas and feta cheese. Salad will last for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.)

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  • Crackers and cheese, dark chocolate chips, honeydew melon.
  • Roasted sweet potato rounds (Thinly slice sweet potato and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in single layer on a baking sheet. Roast at 425 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Cool before packing in lunch box.)

Note: As pictured, the juicy melon seeped into the cracker compartment and the crackers got soggy. No good! I’d recommend storing the melon in a separate container. Next time I would also stack the cheese separate from the crackers, to keep the crackers as crisp as possible. 🙂

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Mini banana muffins, strawberries and grapes, hard boiled egg.

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Almond butter and strawberry sandwich on whole wheat bread, sliced bell pepper, crackers and cheese.

10 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids! Bento box lunchbox ideas to pack for school, home, or even for yourself for work! Make packing lunches quick and easy! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

  • For this last lunch idea, I’ve photographed the lunchbox two ways. Above I made hummus and veggie pitas with thinly sliced cucumber, carrot and bell pepper. I love these, but my kids prefer the deconstructed version pictured below.
  • Also in this lunchbox: mini banana muffins, strawberries and blueberries.

10 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids! Bento box lunchbox ideas to pack for school, home, or even for yourself for work! Make packing lunches quick and easy! | www.kristineskitchenblog.com

What are your kids’ lunch box favorites? Leave a comment and share your ideas.

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