Healthy Back-to-School Lunches Made Easy!

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By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Ready to get your lunchbox groove on? Oh yeah! It’s that time of year again … back-to-school season! And whether you homeschool, or your children attend school outside of the home, having a plan for what to serve (or pack) for lunch makes getting ready for the busy school year a whole lot easier!

Of course, it can be a real challenge to come up with healthy lunch ideas day after day. And let’s face it, as adults, we (often times, more so than our kids) get tired of the “same-old same-old” lunch.

Creating a collection of these recipes also provides a wider array of nutritious options.

So, to help us in our quest to provide the best nutrition to fuel our children’s growing bodies, I’ve put together some of my favorite family-friendly lunch ideas, recipes and a few healthy snack options too. My hope is that these recipes, tips and ideas will provide you with lots of inspiration for creating healthy lunches that your whole family will love! 

Just Wrap It!

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Wraps (a.k.a. Roll-Ups) are a tasty, fun and attractive alternative to the traditional sandwich. We love the wrap! In fact, my kids have eaten foods they normally turn down when I roll it up in a tortilla. Apparently, the cute little roll-up makes everything look and taste yummier! 
5 Sweet & Savory Lunch Wrap Recipes
BLT Wraps
Meatless Chickpea Wraps
Ranch Chicken Wraps

Beyond PB&J …

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Break free from the typical lunchbox sandwich by serving healthy and delicious sandwich fillings like these:
Avocado Egg Salad

BBQ Chicken
Carrot & Cheddar

Grilled Chicken Salad

“Ditch the ‘Wich” Lunch Ideas

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Non-sandwich lunch options are not only great for those who are gluten-free or grain-free, but they also provide a healthy escape for anyone experiencing sandwich boredom!
Bread-Free Alternatives for Healthy Lunches On the Go
10 Delicious Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas
20 Allergy-Friendly Non-Sandwich Lunches

From Leftovers to Lunch

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Talk about convenient! Packing dinner leftovers for lunch is one of the easiest methods for ensuring a delicious healthy lunch. Here are a few of our favorite leftovers that taste great cold the next day:
3 Easy Lunches Using Leftovers
Better than Fast Food Chicken Nuggets (with ranch for dipping)
• Grilled Chicken or Turkey (w ith ranch for dipping)
Meatball Subs

Healthy Homemade “Lunchables”

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The lure of those unhealthy packaged lunchables is convenience. But there’s no need sacrifice good nutrition when you can create easy homemade lunchables that are far more nutritious and afforadable!
3 Healthy Homemade Lunchable Recipes
DIY Homemade Lunchables
Homemade vs. Store-Bought Lunchables

Go for a Dip!

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Looking for a change of pace? Nutritious dips and spreads make a great light lunch, or add several satisfying sides for a heartier meal.
5 Healthy Lunch Dips
Easy Greek Hummus
“MOMveeta” Cheese Dip
Veggie Confetti Spread

Of course, crackers make a great edible lunch utensil for scooping up healthy dips or topping with meats, cheeses and more! A few of our favorites include:
Multi-Seed Grain-Free Crackers
Simple Grain-Free Herb Crackers
Sourdough Wheat Crackers
Whole Grain Spelt Thins

Sensational Salads

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Most adults, and many kids, enjoy a good salad for lunch, especially when it’s packed with a high-protein add-in like leftover grilled meats. So be sure to check out our post 25 Healthy & Delicious Summer Salads for a whole host of delicious salad options perfect for lunch or dinner.

Satisfying Sides

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Wholesome sides add an extra boost of nutrition and help to satisfy a hearty appetite. Here are just a few ideas for rounding out lunch with a healthy side or two:
Fresh Fruit – Apple slices, melon, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, etc.
Fresh Veggies – Carrots, zucchini sticks, cucumber slices, bell peppers, broccoli florets, etc. For an extra treat, serve raw veggies with Homemade Ranch Dressing.
Grass-fed Cheese – Made from wholesome milk from pastured cows, grass-fed cheese is perfect on sandwiches, with crackers or makes a wonderful addition to fresh fruit kabobs or ham and apple wraps.
Whole Milk Yogurt – A creamy nutritious treat, whole milk or coconut milk yogurt provides a wealth of good nutrition and important probiotics.

Healthy Lunchbox Snacks

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Adding a healthy snack makes lunchtime extra special. Here’s a few of our favorites:
Crispy nut mixes like High Protein Trail Mix or Sprouted Trail Mix.
Healthy cookie treats like Raw Cookie Dough Bites or Vanilla-Coconut Macaroons.
Homemade fruit leather like Homemade Fruit by the Foot or Cultured Fruit Leather.
Nutritious snack bars like Homemade KIND Fruit & Nut Bars or Whole Grain Granola Bars.
Wholesome fruit muffins like Whole Grain Strawberry Chia Muffins or Grain-Free Strawberry Shortcake Muffins.

Choosing a Lunch Storage System

Looking for some quality options for packing your healthy lunch creations? I tested out several of the top lunchboxes in my special back-to-school post, Which Lunch Box Food Storage System is Right for Your Family?and I’ve provided an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of each system tested. So if you’ve been searching for the right lunch storage system for your family, I hope this helps make it a bit easier.

More Lunch Packing Tips & Recipes

Getting organized to pack a healthy lunch couldn’t be easier with these helpful tips and even more wholesome recipes:
5 Tips for Planning Healthy Lunches Kids Love!
How to Create a Healthy Back-to-School Meal Plan
Healthy Real Food Lunch Ideas for Real Kids
100 Days of Real Food School Lunch Recipe Round-Up

I hope these helpful tips, ideas and recipes for healthy back-to-school lunches inspire you to create a wide variety of nutritious lunches for you and your children with far more ease and a lot less stress! 

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If you have some ideas about healthy back-to-school lunches, we would love to hear them!

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About Kelly

Kelly loves the Lord, her family, and sharing her passion for gluten-free, real food cooking and meal planning with others. She is a full-time homemaker who loves spending time with her awesome hubby and two sweet boys. Kelly's real food journey began four years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic auto-immune disorder. Since then, the Lord has blessed her with an amazing recovery - a testament to His grace and the health benefits of eating real food. Kelly shares her knowledge and love for gluten-free whole food cooking at The Nourishing Home, Facebook and Google.

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Comments

  1. Thank you for so many great ideas.

  2. Thanks for all the great resources. I’m home with the kids all day and lunches are still a challenge. I can’t imagine the extra challenge of packing them to go. There are some very creative ideas here. My tummy is growling now so I better go figure out what is for lunch! Thanks, again.

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a kind note, Heather! :) So glad you’ve found this list to be helpful. I can relate – I don’t know what it is about lunch, but it’s the most challenging in our home, so I am always looking for healthy fresh ideas. :)

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