10 School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Actually Eat

Featured Article,Healthy Meal Ideas,Healthy Recipes and Nutrition
August 2, 2013

These healthy school lunch ideas will end up in your kid’s stomach—not the trashcan.


Every parent knows it’s all-too-easy to slip into the PB&J habit. But in all likelihood, that sandwich never sees the light of day—or your kid’s stomach. If you’re in need of some creative inspiration, check out these 10 blogger-contributed school lunch ideas that will make your child the envy of the lunchroom.

RELATED: 9 Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas

asian chicken salad

Asian Chicken Salad

This is a refreshing, crunchy take on chicken salad that’s kid-friendly and easy-to-make

Calzone in lunchbox

Baby Calzones

Make these no-hassle baby calzones for dinner, then pack the leftovers in your kid’s lunchbox the next day. They taste just as good cold!

Caprese BLT Sandwich

Caprese BLT Sandwich

A wholesome, kid-friendly spin on the classic BLT.

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Corn Dog Mini Muffins Recipe

What kid doesn’t love corn dogs? Give the fair food favorite a healthier makeover with these wholesome, bite-sized muffins.


MOMables Easy Sneaky Veggies Meatloaf

Why not take last night's leftover meatloaf and make it more fun? My kids love this lunch; and somehow, meatloaf seems to taste better the next day. On the plus side, you don't need to warm it up. Pack it cold and it will be room temperature by lunch!

lunch meat roll ups

Lunch Meat “Sushi” Bites

Lunch meat “sushi” bites are a great lunch item for kids. They are versatile to make, easy to pack and even easier for little hands to manage. Plus, the novelty is fun.

Ham and Veggie Pitas

Kid-Friendly No-Bake Energy Bites

Loaded with fiber and omega-3s, these no-hassle energy bites are a clean alternative to packaged cookies or granola bars.


Pasta Salad with Kale Pesto and Asian Soy Sesame Dressing

Make this healthy, refreshing Asian-inspired pasta salad for dinner and pack the leftovers in your kid’s lunchbox.

Summer Confetti Pasta

Summer Confetti Pasta

This colorful, kid-pleasing pasta salad is vegan and gluten-free

Vegan Lunchbox Muffins

Vegan Lunchbox Muffins

Filled with vegan sausage, carrots and broccoli, these little muffins are a complete meal in themselves. The ground flax seeds not only serve as an egg replacement but also add extra omega-3's and fiber


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