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Healthy Kids Lunches for Back to School

As our kids go back to school, moms are called to pack healthy lunches that our kids will actually eat!!   I admittedly have extremely picky eaters, so I am always on the look-out for new lunch ideas!  They purchase lunch from the school on occasion, but they generally prefer a packed lunch.  I don’t blame them; I wouldn’t eat the school lunch often!  Fortunately, we have plenty of healthy options that are also kid-friendly!  Here are 14 ideas, along with a few successful lunch box options:

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14 Healthy Kids Lunch Ideas for Back to School

  1. Wrap- You can put almost anything in a wrap!  For the pickiest eaters, choose from classic peanut butter and jelly to other nut-free options.  For a healthy lunch, try filling a wrap with turkey and cheese or fruit like strawberries and cream cheese.  Another great option is peanut butter and bananas in a wrap.
  2. My kids love pinwheels.  These include tortillas, cream cheese and ranch dressing mix blended, and thin-sliced ham.  Roll these up, wrap in saran wrap, and let them refrigerate for several hours,  Then, cut into slices.  The kids love these!
  3. Another popular kid option is anything in a muffin!  Pizza muffins, breakfast muffins, mac n cheese in a muffin pan, muffin-tin chicken pot pies!  So many good options!
  4. Quesadilla varieties, from simply chicken and cheese to pizza to fruit-filled.
  5. Skewers- Cut up fruit, meat, and cheese on a skewer
  6. Sandwiches cut into kid-friendly shapes using cookie cutters.
  7. Bagels, such as pizza bagels, and peanut butter bagels, and bagel sandwiches
  8. Trail mix- If nuts are allowed, trail mix is a healthy lunch option and a snack item too, which often appeals to kids.  Make your own trail mix by including nuts, raisins, a small amount of chocolate, and another snack items like pretzels or goldfish.
  9. Nachos with chicken, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and other veggies if desired
  10. Fruit such as cut up strawberries, whole apples, grapes, orange cuties, pineapple, watermelon.
  11. Veggies and dip or hummus, such as carrots, celery, broccoli, sliced red and green bell peppers
  12. Cheese sticks, gogurt, apple sauce, yogurt smoothies are always popular.
  13. Warm foods in a thermos, such as soup or leftovers that your kids love.
  14. Dried fruit, such as dried apple and banana chips, cranberries and apricots

For more ideas, check out Mom’s Priority’s Healthy Kids Lunch Board on Pinterest.


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