7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

In our house the new school year begins in August.  This means the first week of August leaves me little time to buy back-to-school supplies, clothes, AND go grocery shopping for lunches. Like all parents, I want my kids to have a successful school year. If that’s going to happen they’re going to need healthy lunches to keep their brains fueled throughout the school day. Fresh fruits and veggies along with a filling sandwich or wrap is always the base of my kids lunches. Add in a sweet treat and a bottle of water and they have a healthy, nutritious lunch.

Today I have 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas that will give you a head start on giving your child a successful school year through a full belly and fueled brain.

Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas - BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps

/1/ BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps – This chicken salad can be made a couple of days ahead of time so you can make sandwiches or wraps for a couple school day’s lunches. Time saver!

Healthy Back to School Lunches - Personalized  Pizzadillas

/2/ Pizzadillas – It’s all the yummy goodness of a slice of cold pizza…only homemade and more healthy. Best part, you can customize each pizzadilla to each child’s liking with individual “toppings”.

Back to School Healthy Lunch Ideas - Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls

/3/ Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls – Made with only 3 ingredients, these are easy-peasy! I bet even your pickiest eater will enjoy these rolls.

Healthy back to school lunch ideas - Homemade Uncrustable Sandwiches

/4/  Homemade Uncrustable Sandwiches – There are going to be mornings that you just don’t have time to make a healthy lunch from scratch. Make a batch of these homemade Uncrustable sandwiches over the weekend and pop them in the freezer to save you a ton of time throughout the week. If your kids are anything like mine {and a majority of the rest of the country}, they LOVE PB&J and are sure to love these!

Healthy back to school lunch ideas - Sandwich Kabobs

/5/ Sandwich Kabobs –  If you put it on a stick, they will eat it. This is a great way to get kids to eat things they may not normally eat. There’s just a novelty of pulling food off of a stick and popping it into your mouth. And you can have fun with shapes on this one, too.

 

Healthy back to school lunch ideas - Corn-Dog Nuggets

/6/ Corn-Dog Nuggets – Remember what I said about food on a stick? Well, equally as fun is food that your kids can dip! These corn-dog nuggets look so tasty. Add a small container of ketchup or ranch dressing for dipping and you have yourself a WINNER!

Healthy back to school lunch ideas -  Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad

/7/ Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad –  I love, love, love pasta salad! My kids are no different. Take any pasta, add a few different veggies, beans and cheese, toss with your favorite dressing and you have a no-brainer meal that is healthy and filling. Did I mention how well pasta salad transports? It will make the perfect back-to-school lunch!

Do you have a favorite go-to back-to-school lunch idea? We’d love to hear about it on our Facebook page or in the comments!

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About Melissa Hillier

Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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