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21+ Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Kids (Quick & Easy!)

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As back to school season approaches, we found the best school lunch ideas for picky eaters! Kids will love these ideas, and you’re going to love how healthy and quick they are to make!

21+ healthy school lunch ideas for picky eaters

All of these school lunches are designed to fit your busy lifestyle! Plus, they’ve all been approved by kids!! You can also always make changes to these recipes and ideas for specific dietary needs.

We love these Collapsable Silicone Containers to make prepping school lunches a breeze!

Healthy School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

While we’ll share a few recipes for school lunches below, we also wanted to offer a few grab-and-go options as well! These are particularly helpful if you have a picky eater!

Option 1:

  • Turkey Sandwich 
  • Apple
  • Go-gurt
  • Trail mix

Option 2:

  • Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
  • Orange
  • Carrots with Ranch

Option 3:

  • Almond Butter & Jelly
  • String Cheese
  • Banana

Option 4:

Option 5:

  • Kabobs of turkey, cheese and bread
  • Grapes
  • Celery with Ranch

Option 6:

  • Pinwheels with sliced cheese, ham or turkey, tomatoes, and lettuce rolled tight
  • Apple Sauce

Option 7:

  • Pita with Hummus, Shredded Chicken and Tomato
  • Apple Chips

Option 8:

  • Pasta Salad
  • Edamame 

Love these healthy kids lunches for school?

You may also like our school snack ideas or allergy-friendly snacks.

Crunchy Energy Bites

Healthy Sides for School Lunches

If your kid loves a certain type of sandwich, you can mix up their school lunches by changing up the sides.

Pineapple Energy Bite Snacks

Here are a few of our favorite side ideas!

You may also like our 21 Healthy Snack Mix Recipes

Creative School Lunches

sandwich school lunch ideas

You may also like these Mason Jar Salads!

Lunch Box Tacos

vegetarian taco wraps

School Lunch Ideas for Adventurous Eaters

A fun kids school lunch idea is peanut butter and banana sushi

You may also like our Best Breakfast Bar Recipes

Don’t Forget Dessert in Your School Lunches

granola bars

Gluten-Free Granola Bars (15 Minute Prep)

These quick-to-make granola bars are chewy, sweet, and so much better than store-bought! They’re also make a great after-school snack as well!

Dessert Ideas for Kids Lunches for School

Sweet Potato Brownie Bites (15 Minute Prep)

Sneak in a vegetable with this healthier dessert option. It’s perfect for your kiddos lunch!

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Tools to Take School Lunches to The Next Level

We know packing a lunch takes time, energy, and remembering to grab it on the go!

Here are a few favorite items to make lunchtime easier and more fun!

We also put together a list of our favorite meal prep containers you might like!

Include a Lunch Box Note for More Memories

I used to love finding a note or a silly picture in my lunch box growing up. While I was tickled with a sweet message on my napkin, you could even go one step further using the Dating Diva’s Lunch Box Notes Templates! 

That wraps up a few of our favorite Kids’ Lunches for School!

Pin them for later so you always have fresh inspiration!

kids school lunch ideas

Love these kids school lunch ideas? 

We have a full 7-Day Family Meal Plan you may like, as well ashealthy breakfast, lunch, snack and dessert ideas for you to try!

What other recipe ideas would you like to see?

You may also like our Healthy Fast Food Guide or Free Grocery List!

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