36 Healthy School Lunch Recipes (that your kids will love!)

Over 36 Healthy School Lunch Recipes that your kids will actually love! These recipes are filled with wholesome ingredients, packed with nutrients and will keep your little one satisfied all afternoon. They are also (and more) importantly completely kid-approved!


Healthy School Lunch Recipes that your kids will love! These packed lunch recipes are filled with wholesome ingredients, packed with nutrients and will keep your little one satisfied all afternoon. They are made for kids, and kid tested! #backtoschool #lunch #school #healthy #healthyrecipes #kids #toddlers

It's almost back-to-school time again!

This evokes feelings of both happiness and dread inside of me.

Happy, because I get a much-missed routine back into our lives after spending all summer with little-to-no structure. But I dread the idea of having to get up early to prep and make lunches every-single-morning. My mornings of sitting on my front porch sipping my coffee for as long as I liked are going go to over sooner then I would like. 

All those lunches. Packed over-and-over again. It can be overwhelming, even for a kids food blogger <------- I'm 100% with you on the this one!

To make those school lunches more manageable, I gathered up all of my favorite school lunch recipes for you (and me) to use. Consider this a one-stop shop for all of your school lunch food needs. These recipes are as healthy as they are tasty. They are easy to make and easy to store, so you can make it once and have it for multiple lunches. 

Scroll down to see my go-to recipes that will save your a** all year long - 

Everyday Heroes - Harvest Chicken Salad, Spiced Seed Butter, Cherry + Almond Chia Seed Jam and Veggie-Loaded Rainbow Pizza.

Superpower Snacks - Carrot Applesauce, Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars, 3 Healthy Trail Mixes for Kids and Healthy Kid (and Mom) Approved Zucchini Bread - 3 ways!

Also, coming soon I will be sharing a complete school lunch survival guide. It is going to be full of ideas and products that will make packing school lunches easy and fun. 

Sunshine Sammie

Carrot Applesauce

Harvest Chicken Salad - serve on a roll, with crackers or over some greens if your kid will eat it that way:)

8 Applesauce Combos for Toddlers + Kids

Chewy Mint Chocolate Granola Bars

Spiced Seed Butter - this seed butter is SOOOO good if your school is nut free, if not, try this delicious Almond + Vanilla Butter


Want even more school lunch recipes? Then check out my book Little Bento!


3 Healthy Trail Mixes for Kids - depending on your school, you may need to substitute the peanuts or nuts for seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin or seasame seeds. 

 Carrot Hummus with Toasted Paprika Pita Chips - send to school with some sliced veggies for a wholesome and delicious lunch. Bonus - this is even great for your own lunch! Want more hummus recipes, try these yummy ones - Green Pea Hummus, Sweet Potato Thai Hummus and Sun-dried Tomato Hummus

Healthy Kid (and Mom) Approved Zucchini Bread - 3 ways! - I like to send a thick slice of this healthy zucchini bread with a smear of cream cheese on top for school lunches. 

Our favorite dips - Healthy Honey Mustard, Healthy Ranch Dip and Basil + Lemon Pesto

Leeks + Spinach + Parsley Cream Cheese Spread

Veggie-Loaded Rainbow Pizza

For even more school lunch inspiration, check out the amazing series my good friend Debbie from LunchingDaily.com did for the blog. You can see all of them here - 1 Lunch + 2 Snacks #99, #104, #109, #114, #124, #127, #130, #131, #132, #133, #134, #135 and #136