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No Fuss School Lunch Ideas (Make Ahead)

Tired of spending too much time packing school lunches? Make a plan, prep foods ahead, and then lunches come together in just minutes! Choose a protein, veggie, fruit, and carbohydrate for each day of the week. A balanced lunch will is great fuel for your kids' learning and active lifestyles!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins


Lunch Proteins:

  • hummus or white bean dip
  • Horizon Organic cheese sticks
  • hard boiled eggs
  • almond butter peanut butter, or sunbutter
  • Horizon Organic cottage cheese
  • Horizon Organic milk boxes
  • Horizon Organic yogurt

Lunch Vegetables:

  • carrot sticks
  • bell pepper slices
  • cucumber rounds
  • snap peas
  • cherry tomatoes

Lunch Fruits:

  • grapes cut in half for small children
  • apple slices
  • bananas
  • orange slices
  • berries

Lunch Carbohydrates:

  • mini bagels
  • whole wheat pita bread
  • whole grain tortillas
  • Horizon Organic snack crackers and snack grahams


  • Make a plan: Choose the proteins, vegetables, fruits, and carbohydrates that you will include in your lunches for the week.
  • Make a grocery list and shop for the ingredients.
  • Sunday prep hour: Spend about an hour on Sundays making foods ahead for your lunchboxes. For example, you might make a double batch of white bean dip, hard boil some eggs, and wash and chop fresh vegetables.
  • Each weeknight, spend 5 minutes (or less) packing the foods into your lunchboxes.
Nutrition information is only an estimate.
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