34 Healthy School Lunch Ideas That Your Kids Will Love
Lunch was the one thing I looked forward to in my old-school days. Who am I kidding? I still get excited about lunchtime. I remember I used to trade my peanut butter and fluff sandwich for my best friend’s homemade ranch chips. Now that I’m older, I trade in my fluff sandwich for a healthy chicken wrap because I realize how important it is to have a nutritious lunch in order to sustain my energy throughout the day. It’s just as essential for your kids to have tasty lunch options that still are nourishing and provide fuel for their body, so they have the energy to play all day long. These fun and vibrant recipes are made up of classic recipes with a healthy kick to them. We curated the best list of healthy, wholesome recipes that will make your kid's tummy very happy. We assure you that your kids will not be trading these delicious lunches in the cafeteria anytime soon.
Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Chicken Caesar Salad Sandwiches
A simple take on chicken Caesar salad with a savory homemade garlic mayonnaise.
Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
Recipe: Mini Tomato Sandwiches With Bacon Mayonnaise
The ideal easy to put together finger sandwich for your next lunchtime meal.
Turkey, Pesto, and Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich
This sandwich is bursting with flavorful ingredients from the sweet cherry peppers to the pesto paste.
Turkey and Spinach Meatball Sandwiches
A healthy take on a meatball sandwich that guarantees no meat-sweats.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
An assortment of fruit makes for a refreshing snack.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad
You can serve this classic chicken salad on whole wheat bread or in lettuce cups for a healthier option.
Recipe: Watermelon Salad
This rainbow salad is bursting with juicy flavor from the mix of watermelon and tomatoes.
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
This protein-packed quinoa and shredded chicken dish is paired with a tangy green goddess dressing that will have you begging for more.
Caesar Salad Bites
Recipe: Caesar Salad Bites
Romaine lettuce cups provide the perfect vehicle for this creamy Caesar dressing.
Thai Noodle Salad
Recipe: Thai Noodle Salad
Our unique twist on Pad Thai allows room for your favorite zesty toppings.
Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
Recipe: Tangy Tzatziki Pasta Salad
This zesty and tangy pasta salad is a healthier alternative to a mayo-filled pasta salad.
Cream Cheese-and-Walnut Stuffed Celery
This creamy celery tray is granny’s favorite old-school recipe and ours too!
Greek Meatballs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce and Rice
These Greek meatballs pair well with this cucumber-yogurt sauce that is so addicting you'll be eating it by the spoonfuls.
No-Bake Granola Bars
Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars
You’ll be snagging these no-bake granola bars for your morning and afternoon pick-me up.
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Recipe: Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Greasy french fries are no match for these healthy baked zucchini fries.
Recipe: Almond-Chicken Wrap
This chicken wrap is an easy throw together wrap for lunch on a busy day.
Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
Homemade buttermilk chicken tenders that are so delicious that they are certain to fly off the plate.
Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken
Dish up this filling chicken lunch on a pita wrap or lettuce cups for some yummy goodness.
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Recipe: Egg Salad Sandwiches
This classic creamy sandwich is pure egg-cellent.
Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
Recipe: Blackberry-Oat Crumble Bars
We are drooling over these blackberry-oat bars, they make for the perfect after lunch treat.
Spicy Parmesan Crackers
Recipe: Spicy Parmesan Crackers
All you need is a sleeve of saltines and a few simple ingredients for these spicy crackers.
Recipe: Crack Crackers
They don’t call them crack crackers for nothing, trust us you’ll be hooked.
Ranch Snacker Crackers
Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers
Homemade crackers with a zest is a healthier option for store-bought potato chips.
Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies and Smoked Chicken
Pile high with your favorite garden veggies on this whole-wheat pizza.
Recipe: Burrito Bowls
Skip the tortillas and load these burrito fillings on a bed of warm-rice.
Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Recipes: Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
For a healtheir twist on these lettuce cups, substitute mayo with greek yogurt.
Black-Eyed Pea Fritter Sandwiches with Slaw
Our favorite Southern take on a black-eyed pea falafel.
Pea Pesto Flatbread
Recipe: Pea Pesto Flatbread
Skip the creamy sauce and coat your flatbread with this nutritious pea pesto.
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
A rice bowl that’s topped with avocado and lime makes for a very zesty treat.
Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes
Recipe: Copycat Starbucks Bistro Boxes
We love a variety of food to fill our unique cravings, this healthy box of food does the trick.
Party Puffs with Ham Salad
Recipe: Turkey Quesadillas
Beef can be heavy on the stomach, that’s why we love subbing it out for turkey in these tasty quesadillas.
Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Recipe: Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Your kids will be begging for more of these juicy mango and chicken lettuce wraps.
Recipe: Grapefruit Bars
Think your Mama’s classic lemon bars, but crank it up a notch for these very addicting citrus bars.