Packing School Lunches

It’s easy to get in a rut with our kids’ school lunches! Here are a few tips and lunch ideas to help you out!

  • Think easy to eat and not messy
  • Pack it the night before!
  • Involve your children in the process
  • Include fruits and vegetables
  • Choose 100% whole grains and a variety of breads (pita, buns, wraps)
  • Choose low-fat and low sugar products
  • Keep hot food hot in a thermos and cold food cold with a mini cold pack to keep lunches safe
  • Don’t forget napkins daily and forks and spoons when needed!

Lunch Ideas

  • Sandwiches—meat & cheese, jelly, or egg, tuna, chicken salad
  • Bagel & Cream Cheese—add cucumber slices
  • Nachos & Salsa—include shredded cheese as well
  • Pita & humus with a side of carrots
  • Wraps filled with what your child likes (chicken salad, etc)
  • Hot soup or chili in a thermos
  • Pasta salad—try fun shaped and coloured pasta such as small shells, wagon wheels or ABCs.


  • Bottled Water
  • 100% fruit juice boxes—look for no-sugar added
  • Find out if your school has a milk program—take part!


  • Apples, grapes, bananas and orange slices
  • Cut up kiwis, strawberries, watermelon and cantaloupe are a favourite treat!
  • Cut cheese sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Carrots, celery, cucumber slices and cherry tomatoes keep well in the lunchbox
  • Homemade rice krispies squares and cookies eliminate the preservatives found in store-bought
  • Granola bars (peanut free for most schools!)
  • Cheerios, dried fruit, pretzels, bag of popcorn, home made trail mix, baked chips, crackers
  • Muffins, banana or carrot bread
  • Fruit Salad or cups of no-sugar added apple/fruit sauces
  • Yogurt covered raisins

– From the September 2007 issue of Mom’s Moments.


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