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14 Healthy School Lunch Recipes Your Kids Will Love


How do I  know your kids will love these? Because mine do!  With summer break coming to an end, I decided to gather my favorite recipes to add to my girls school lunch boxes.  I will refer to this list often, to keep me out of the “peanut butter and jelly sandwich” rut.  Even if I do give them a pb & j sandwich, at least they will have some interesting and yummy sides!

Heavenly Hummus Sandwich
The apples and sweet dried cranberries make this sandwich kid friendly.
Udon noodles with sesame seeds and peas
The clementine juice in these noodles give a hint of sweetness.  We never have leftovers when I make these noodles.  Can be eaten hot or cold.
orange homemade fruit roll up
These are so easy to make and very versatile.  Use what fruit you have on hand, especially those that are starting to go soft.
chocolate peanut butter chia pudding with raspberries
This can be breakfast, lunch or snack.  It has wholesome oats in it and the amazing superfood, chia.  Chia has great fiber, protein and more omega’s than flax!  They are flavorless and help thicken  this pudding.
slieced applesauce bread
This bread is simple and delicious.  Uses ingredients that we always have on hand.
Peanut butter banana chia seed roll ups
Another great way to use those chia seeds!  These are protein filled thanks to the peanut butter and chia.
Whole wheat banana honey muffins
These muffins are so moist and this recipe makes a ton of them!  I freeze at least half.  You will love this recipe.
Crockpot apple sauce in mason jars
Great fall recipe, but really we make it all year long.  Just grab an extra bag of apples when you are at the store, throw them in the crockpot, and enjoy the amazing scent this recipe gives the entire house!
These are delicious and have gone viral on Pinterest, with many raving about the recipe.  It is a must try!  You will love knowing there are no preservatives and less salt in your kids crackers!
Black bean soup with spoon
This soup is perfect for a lunch box thermos.  It is a breeze to whip together the night before.  It is one of my MOST easy recipes, and has lots of great fiber and protein.
Crunch roasted chickpeas
I’m amazed at how a simple bean can become a healthy crunchy snack with just minutes in the oven.  Use these in place of chips!  Much more healthy & full of nutrition.
Lunch box smoothies
My girls LOVE when I put these in their lunches.  I take them straight from the freezer and by lunch time they have thawed perfectly.  I love knowing they are getting such nutritious berries and fruit in their lunches.
Cheesy Kale chips
These are actually vegan, but get a cheezy flavor from nutritional yeast.  Nutritional yeast is packed with vitamin B12 and is a popular ingredient in the vegan world, often used in place of Parmesan cheese.  These kale chips are a weekly staple in our home.  So nutritious. So delicious!
Orzo and roasted fall vegetables
My girls beg me to make this recipe.  They love the little bits of pasta, and the amazing flavor comes from roasted veggies that have been chopped so small that the girls have no idea that they are eating kale and a load of other veggies.  Winning!


Other posts on School Lunches from New Nostalgia:
School Lunch Plan: No More Baggies & A Free School Lunch Planner

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  • Ugo Colombo
    August 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Homemade fruit leather seems like a good way to save your overripe stored fruits. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ugo Colombo
    April 11, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing these healthy lunch ideas. Nice post.

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    February 6, 2014 at 7:23 am

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  • zoria lane
    December 24, 2013 at 4:46 am

    This above article is really effective for me. Because I am so much conscious to serve healthy foods for my kids. I think all the above recipes are not only delicious but also effective for my kids.I hope all of those are really kid friendly recipes . I will try to make some yummy to use those above recipes. Thanks for sharing those innovative recipes.

  • Leatheamazing
    August 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Just want to say THANK YOU for these awesome recipes! I’ve been looking for some new ideas for healthy snack and school lunches for my kids and these look great! Can’t wait to try some out!

  • Leatheamazing
    August 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for these awesome recipes! I’ve been looking for some new healthy options for my kids’ snacks and school lunches and I can’t wait to try these out!

  • Nutritionist Manchester
    August 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Great ideas, thank you for sharing! I’m always in need of new ideas to keep the little one happy!

  • Shannon
    August 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Thanks, Amy! Now I have some really good ideas for lunch here at home (we homeschool, and I always wait until last minute to figure out what’s for lunch)!

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