It’s that time of year again! The bustle getting everything ready for fall has began, and the need to pack school lunches is here! Here is a collection of recipes, tips and ideas for packing healthy school lunches. It certainly doesn’t have to be boring.
Methods and tips
- Quick and easy lunch ideas (real food): Simple and fast ideas for making real food lunches
- 5 easy real food school lunches (ready in 30 minutes or less): Tiffany shares some really fun and kid-friendly school lunch ideas here, all of which are made using nourishing food.
- 10 bread-free packable alternatives to sandwiches: Kate shares some delicious and creative bread-free lunch ideas for us here. Sandwiches are just one option for lunch! She also talks about packing gluten-free lunches.
- Healthy homemade Lunchables: Do your kids love the idea of Lunchables? Well you can make your own version at home easily! Tiffany shares her method here.
All Photos: Kimi Harris
- Grain-free Granola Bar (shown above): This protein-rich granola bar is made with nuts and seeds, and is sweetened with honey.
- Homemade Hot Pockets: Like the store-bought version but tastier and better for you too.
- Sourdough Reuben Picnic Buns: This delicious idea helps make messy sandwiches easier to transport. Adapt to whatever type of sandwich you like.
- Homemade Pudding Cups: Did you know that making your own pudding cups is easy? Plus you can control the amount of sweetener and use all wholesome ingredients (and no preservatives).
- Gluten-free Pretzels: Because pretzels are fun, and homemade are even better. These ones are gluten-free too!
- Granola Bar: A healthy granola bar using whole wheat, oats, and other nutritious ingredients.
- Energy Bars: Learn how simple making your own energy bars can be.
Muffins are a great portable snack. I know that my children love to find them in their lunch (or really, anytime). Here are some delicious options:
- Carrot Molasses Mini Muffin (gluten-free)
- Butternut Squash Muffins
- Spiced Apple Muffins (gluten-, egg- and dairy-free)
- Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips (grain-free)
- Mini Millet Zucchini Muffins (gluten-free)
- Gingerbread Muffins (whole grain)
Cookies are really fun to include in school lunches, and there are healthier versions to pack too.