Healthy Lunch Ideas for Back-to-School Time (For Your Kids and For You!)

August 30, 2017

It’s officially back to school season! The kids are getting back to their normal schedules and for parents, it’s also a great time to hit “restart”. For my family, summer is tough from an “eating healthy” standpoint – there is lots of ice cream, special treats, parties, etc. As much as September can be stressful, I also like to get back to a normal schedule and back to a routine. I also see it as a way to get back on track to healthy eating habits. Lunches are one way to do that!

As a busy working parent, I actually dread getting lunches ready for everyone. The sight of those gorgeous Pinterest-worthy lunches where the sandwiches are cut into intricate shapes to create themes and faces with other fruit/veggies makes me cringe and also feel guilty. I have to face it. I’m just not that type of mom. But, I think that packing healthy lunches for my family is an important way to start the school year on a high note for the whole family. I find that if I have a few go-to ideas that are quick and easy, it’s much more manageable. I also try to pack similar lunches for my husband and me to bring to work as I pack for my kids for school. That way, we’re all eating healthy as a family. Here’s my plan for nutritious balanced lunches for Week #1 of Back to School (Nut-free)!



  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Hummus & Pita Chips (Like this Cedar’s Snack Pack)
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cheese Stick



  • Grilled Chicken Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Cheese (my kids prefer a deconstructed salad, while I mix it all together for my husband and me)
  • Whole Grain Bread or Roll
  • Apple




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