School Lunches

Coming up with new school lunchbox ideas is challenging for most parents, especially if dealing with kids who are picky eaters. These school lunch ideas for kids, from both nutrition experts and parents, offer new foods to try that your kids are likely to eat and enjoy! Have you found something your kids love for their school lunchboxes? Please share your school lunch ideas with us, and we'll include them here!


Eileen's Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

Eileen's Jumbo Blueberry Muffins

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

Small shaped balls of this cookie dough can be frozen, then thawed and baked as needed.
Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sammies

If you're thinking of making Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken, save the juice from the Crock-Pot to make these super-easy sandwiches (or throw in an extra breast or two to make BBQ...

Trail Mix

When stored airtight, this Trail Mix lasts for week. It can be made without peanuts and/or tree nuts for those with food allergies.
Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

Quick Lunchbox Snacks and Sides

The ingredients listed here are ideas for various lunchbox snacks. Small servings with many choices works for kids because variety is key to healthy eating. Providing your...
Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Lightened-Up Seven Layer Bars

Seven Layer Bars (aka Magic Bars) get a magical makeover with old-fashioned oats, walnuts, a handful of mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and low-fat sweetened condensed...
Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

Grab-and-Go Granola Bars

The nutritional merits (or demerits) of store-bought granola bars can vary considerably, so we decided to create our own. The nutrition in these bars is through the roof—we’re...
Pineapple Kabobs

Pineapple Kabobs

This recipe is super easy and tasty. Make a platter for a party or make a few for your child's snack. Mini kabobs look fancy and are fun to make—even little fingers can...
Butterfly Fruit Snacks

Butterfly Fruit Snacks

One day I asked my very 2-year-old daughter what she'd like to have for a snack. She looked at me with an impish grin on her face and said, "Butterflies!" Just as I was about...
Soft Pretzels

Soft Pretzels

On first glance it may seem like there are a lot of steps to this recipe, but don't let that scare you off. Each one is so easy that even a kid can do them. In fact, stirring,...
Lemonade Cookies

Lemonade Cookies

These cookies, made with lemonade concentrate, have a hint of tartness but don't worry; it's tempered by the sweetness of the sugar.
Best Ever Brownies

Best Ever Brownies

Looking for a brownie that's not too cakey, not too fudgey, easy to make, hard to mess up, and great-tasting? Look no more! The secret: equal parts brown sugar and white...
No Mayonnaise Tuna Salad

No Mayonnaise Tuna Salad

A sweet salad dressing replaces heavier (and higher fat content) mayonnaise in this tuna salad recipe.
Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

Lunchbox Deconstructed Sandwiches

If desired, use mini cookie cutters (about the same size as the crackers) to cut the lunch meat pieces into fun shapes before packing the lunch box. Your child can then "construct"...
Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Carrot cake may sound “healthy,” but that’s often not the case. We turn carrot cake into carrot cupcakes and create a batter and frosting that has bragging rights when...