List of healthy back to school snacks and lunch ideas.


School Lunches have to appeal to the eye. I have found the most success with setting up a child’s lunch like an appetizer sampler in a Bento Box. A Bento Box is a container with multiple compartments.

Try to include protein, healthy fats and color: fruit/veggie in each meal.

Some lunch examples include:

  1. Hummus, chopped veggies, rolled nitrate free cold cuts, and almond thin crackers or pita chips.
  2. “make your own pizza” pita bread, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, turkey pepperoni, with a side of fruit.
  3. Yogurt parfait- Greek yogurt with rolled oats or a low sugar granola, fresh fruit and chopped nuts.
  4. Sliced apples, peanut or almond butter, hardboiled egg, 1-2 oz. cheese, and mini English muffin or bagel.
  5. Corn Chips, guacamole, salsa, rolled chicken nitrate free deli meat, and ¼ c trail mix with dried fruit and nuts.
  6. Black bean soup in a thermos, wheat crackers and chopped fruit.
  7. Cold cut sandwich on Ezekiel bread with veggies and hummus with a side of chopped fruit and 1-2 tbsp. nuts.
  8. Chopped fruit, nut butter and a homemade protein muffin.
  9. Chicken or tuna salad with wheat crackers, spinach, and a side of chopped fruit.

A great resource for children’s lunches and recipes is Green Box League of Nutritious Justice.


Snack options can be one or two of the items listed in the lunches above.


  • Yogurt and fruit
  • Hummus and chopped veggies
  • Berries and nuts
  • Sliced apple and cheese
  • Trail mix with dried or fresh fruit
  • Rolled deli meat with cheese and veggies
  • Protein muffin