Over 2 Weeks of Healthy School Lunch Options

Over 2 Weeks of Healthy School Lunch Options

It’s back to school time! I don’t have any little ones in school just yet, but I have a nephew and god-daughter going to the first grade. I was talking to my sister about the dangers of meat in the form of sheets (such as my beloved Boar’s Head honey maple turkey, sliced thin) and she posed a great question for me, “Well if you can’t have that, what can kids have for lunch? PB&J everyday?” I was stumped and I felt bad. I’m promoting this healthy lifestyle, I forced the poor woman to watch What the Health and now I’m supposed to leave her to fend for herself to figure out what to pack for a 6 year old? That’s not what sisters are for. So I looked around the web to find some healthy (and easy) lunch options that might be appealing to a first grader. Below, I have listed some options with vegan alternatives for those of you making that change for your household or just looking for ways to make lunches with less animal products. Some of these definitely require sections in a lunchbox so here are some lunchbox options recommended from moms around the web.

Healthy School Lunch Options

(Courtesy of Victory Baron)

  • Refried beans and cheese quesadilla (Vegan version: beans and salsa)
  • Sun-butter and jelly on whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat pita bread and carrot sticks with hummus on the side
  • Cherry tomato, apple, and cheese cube skewers (Cut off the pointy ends), (Vegan option: scrap the cheese cubes)
  • Crunchy Granola apple Peanut Butter Wrap: Whole wheat wrap, spread with peanut butter (or almond butter), place slices of granny smith apple on wrap (slice into skinny sticks), sprinkle with granola and raisins, and wrap
  • Quick pasta salad: Farfalle noodles (or vegetable noodles, if your little one likes them), italian dressing, cucumber slices, halved cherry tomatoes, carrots
  • Pasta salad: Farfalle noodles, olive oil, corn, black beans, halved cherry tomatoes¬†

    (Courtesy of Kristine’s Kitchen Blog)
  • Almond butter banana roll up: Whole wheat tortilla shell, spread almond butter on top, place banana on wrap, wrap it, then cut it
  • Pesto and Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Spread whole grain toast with pesto (Homemade or not), one slice of mozzarella cheese (Skip, if vegan), a few spinach leaves, sliced avocado, another slice of cheese, then top with second slice of bread. Drizzle olive oil in frying pan and fry as your normal grilled cheese sandwich.


Great Family Dinner Leftover Options

  • Hearty Lentil Mashed Potato Patties from Baby Food Universe: 5 medium potatoes cooked and mashed, 1 minced garlic, 1/2 cup of cooked lentils, 1 small handful of chopped parseley, 1 egg (optional), 3 tbsp of flour of choice, butter for sauteeing, turmeric, paprika, mild curry, and cumin. Mash potatoes, Mix everything together, Make patties, Melt the butter, Sautee the patties on medium high heat. Try and flatten the patties so it can cook thoroughly. (Freezable)
  • Lentil & Veggie Nuggets from My Fussy Eater
  • Turmeric Falafel Burger from Making Thyme for Health¬†(these could be made into falafel balls to be cooler for lunch)


Sides and Snacks


(Courtesy of Paleo Eats and Treats)
  • Thin slices of a corked apple, spread with peanut butter (or almond butter), sprinkled with nuts, and dark chocolate chips
  • Avocado, Lime, and Strawberry (Great side for quesadillas)
  • Strawberries and cantaloupe
  • Celery and Bell peppers
  • Raspberries with dark chocolate chips inside
  • Cheddar cheese cubes, strawberries and blueberries
  • Snap peas
  • Carrot sticks
  • Black olives
  • Almonds and dark chocolate chips, apple slices
  • Cucumber slices and white bean/chickpea dip
  • Dried fruit
  • No bake energy bites: Apple cinnamon or Raw Date Truffles

I hope you found at least one new healthy option to pack for school lunch and your babies have an AWESOME school year! What healthy lunches does your little one love?

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