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21 Healthy Lunchbox and Snack Ideas

A few years ago a friend of mine, who is a registered nutritionist, gave us a great list of healthy lunch box and snack ideas. I keep this list posted on the inside of the cabinet in the kitchen for quick reference.

  • Tuna sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Egg salad sandwich on whole grain bread
  • Smoked or roast turkey breast on whole grain bread
  • Lean roast beef on whole grain bread
  • Natural peanut butter and all fruit spread on whole grain bread
  • Whole wheat pita topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese (not the Lunchables)
  • Starkist Tuna Kits
  • Roll-ups – fill whole wheat flour tortillas with refried beans and shredded cheese; tuna fish; smoked turkey breast with shredded lettuce and cheese; or make your own combinations
  • Hot soup in a thermos
  • Fresh fruit – apple slices (drizzle with orange juice to keep from turning brown), small bunch of grapes, banana, orange slices, strawberries, blueberries
  • Container of unsweetened applesauce
  • Container of reduced fat yogurt – stay away from the ones with sprinkles or added toppings
  • Fruit roll-ups or fruit leather made with real fruit puree
  • Raw carrots, broccoli or cauliflower with ranch dressing
  • Mini salads – place cut up romaine or other dark, leafy greens in plastic container with lid.¬† Place croutons in aluminum foil to be added and put salad dressing in small container with lid .
  • Celery with peanut butter and raisins
  • Mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Raw almonds, walnuts, pistachios, cashews and peanuts (if there are no peanut allergies in the class)
  • Trail mix made of dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries), raw almonds or other nuts, sunflower seeds, mini pretzel rings or sticks, goldfish pretzels, popcorn, etc
  • Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  • Natural peanut butter on whole grain crackers

Of course, you need to be aware of your own child’s food allergies, but also keep in mind any allergies in the classroom – especially peanut allergies.

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10 Responses to 21 Healthy Lunchbox and Snack Ideas

  1. Dana says:

    Here’s another one we love:

    turkey on whole wheat with cream cheese and tart apple slices (all on the sandwich)


  2. Char says:

    Dana – that sounds yummy! I’ll have to try it out.

  3. Melitsa says:

    Great list to have out on the fridge. We love toasted wholegrain bread with PB and sliced banana.

  4. Csara says:

    Great ideas! I recently posted about the same thing. Another idea is carrot sticks or pretzels with hummus. It’s one of my son’s favorite snacks.

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  9. April says:

    My daughter loves hard cooked quail eggs. I put four of them on a plastic pick that bento lunchbox stores supply. She loves the litte eggs and they are very tasty!

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