15 School Lunch Ideas

Are you struggling to figure out what to pack in your kids’ lunchbox? Have you embraced the Real Food concept and ditched grains bad fats , and sugars , only to be faced with an empty cupboard and no ideas? Or maybe you are all set with Real Foods in the lunchbox, but are getting stuck in a rut, sending the same old turkey slices, coconut yogurt, carrots and apples every day.

If you have thrown out the bread, goldfish, potato chips, Little Debbies, and Lunchables and think there is NOTHING to pack that your kid will eat, this article is for you! Here are 15 easy lunch ideas you can count on. Also check out our recent post Breakfast: The Big Idea List

Note: Some of these ideas include dairy. If your child is dairy-free, substitute an alternative healthy fat like Sunbutter, almond butter, egg, grass-fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or nuts.

1. Turkey Roll-Up (made with nitrate-free turkey slices, cheese stick, cucumber matchsticks, and nitrate-free pepperoni slices) * Apple Slices * Baby Carrots * Bugles (A friend just let me know that the Bugles package has a wheat and dairy cross-contamination label – so these might be fine if you are only gluten intolerant, but maybe not if you are celiac. Hat tip: Nina M.)

2. Sunana Sandwich (Sunbutter and banana slices on a gluten-free Waffle * Nitrate-Free Ham Cubes * Black Grapes

3. Pizza Bowls (in a heated thermos) * Blueberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries

4. Taco (send leftover taco meat in a heated thermos along with some cheese, shredded lettuce, and a gluten-free Tortilla for your child to assemble her own taco) * Yogurt (Greek or Coconut Milk) * Cantaloupe and Honeydew Chunks

5. Hard-Boiled Egg (I like to use my Japanese egg forms to make eggs shaped as stars and hearts) * Apple Waffle Sandwich (sandwich almond butter and a layer of thin apple slices between two halves of gluten-free Waffle ) * Baby Carrots

6. Ham Roll-Up (nitrate-free ham slices with nitrate-free bacon, cucumber or red pepper matchsticks, and optional cheese stick) * Popcorn (not microwaved – make on stove the old-fashioned way) * Green Grapes

7. SBJ Sandwich (Sunbutter and natural jelly on Fluffy Sandwich Bread ) * Chicken Chunks (leftover from dinner) * Nectarine

8. Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (in a heated thermos) * Plum

9. Chicken Vegetable Soup with Rice (in a heated thermos) * Dried Apricots

10. Tuna Salad Sandwich (on gluten-free Waffle or Fluffy Sandwich Bread ) * Watermelon * Macadamia Nuts

11. Cottage Cheese * Pineapple Chunks * Trail Mix * Rice Crackers

12. Pinwheels (layer nitrate-free turkey lunchmeat, spinach, natural cheese slice, and mustard or mayo on a gluten-free Tortilla ; roll up; slice into sections) * Clementine * Grape Tomatoes

13. Fried Chicken Leg * English Cucumber Slices * Raspberries * Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

14. Chili (in a heated thermos) * Fruit Kabob (thread strawberries, pineapple and grapes on a skewer, then cut off the pointy ends) * Rice Crackers

15. Mega Meatballs in Marinara Sauce (in a heated thermos) *Fluffy Biscuit (with pastured butter) * Kiwi

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