Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Kids will never get bored with these healthy school lunch ideas. Make these lunch box ideas on Sunday night for stress free school mornings. The kids will love reaching into the fridge to grab a fun lunch for school.

25 healthy school lunch ideas

I have been using these Easy Lunchboxes to bring sandwich lunches to the park for the past couple of years, and now with my oldest heading off to 1st grade they have been perfect for healthy school lunches.  While most of the children in his class eat hot lunch, we made the decision to pack our own lunch, that way I know what he’s eating everyday. I don’t have to worry about food being thrown away, these school lunches he wants to eat.

My preschooler & 1st grader are always asking for lunchables when we head to the grocery store, so I decided to use our Easy Lunchboxes to make our own fun school lunches. Each weekend we brainstorm and write down a list of healthy school lunch ideas. We make a trip to the grocery store and the kids help me pick out a variety of fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on what is on sale to make these bento style school lunches. Cucumbers and carrots are always on the list as well as thin sandwich bread for “make your own pizza”.

healthy school lunches

Along with a few additional accessories and cookie cutters, we prep all of our fun and healthy lunches on Sunday evening. In the morning, the bento lunches for kids are already in the fridge, which can be a huge time saver, I can just grab one along with a freezer pack and put it in their lunch bag.

A few accessories we use to make these school lunch ideas

We also use the Rubbermaid Lunch Blox containers, but my go-to is the Easy Lunchbox containers. The Easy Lunchboxes are not spill proof, so avoid liquids, and use a lunch box that allows the container to sit flat. I do occasionally serve yogurt and have yet to have a problem. Pizza sauce is also always stored in a separate container. Easy Lunchboxes makes small containers that are perfect for condiments, dips, sauces, ect.

school lunch ideas

Healthy School Lunch Ideas:

Make your own pizza with Hungry Girl Foldit Flatbread or Sandwich Things

Ham & Cheese Skewers


Build your own Sandwich

Cheese & crackers with fun shapes

Turn sandwiches into wraps or rollups

*All served with sides of fruit and vegetables

School Lunch Ideas the Kids Will Actually Eat:

healthy school lunch ideas



  1. Joni Mason says:

    These lunches are so creative! My grandson would love having some of these at his preschool, and his mom, dad, & I would know for sure he was getting a healthy lunch! Thanks for sharing!

  2. shelly peterson says:

    Wow these are some of the best looking lunches I have ever seen. I’m used to just a PB and J sandwich, some fruit and chips .The kids would love to open their lunches to these everyday.

  3. joanna says:

    hi what kind of water bottles do you use for your kids for school? What are those in the fridge photo? Thanks!

    • joanna says:

      Is it Bubba 12 ox Hero? What size are they? Thanks

      • Kari says:

        Hi Joanna, the ones pictured are the Bubba 12 oz hero sport, but they also come in 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 24 oz. We purchased at Walmart, but they are also available on Amazon.

  4. Regina Wright says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My husband and I are always trying to find some new ideas when packing lunch for the girls.