Packing a lunch for school is a great way to guarantee yourself a healthy energy boost– but it can feel like a hassle. If you take the time to plan ahead by organizing a grocery list and working with your kids to choose healthy and delicious options, the process can become painless! When we think of school lunch, it’s easy to fixate on the well-known options like PB&J sandwich, or a hot lunch from the school cafeteria. Keep these healthy lunch ideas in mind for kids to spice up your packing routine– and include more green and yellow light foods! 

Main Course

Chicken Salad

Ingredients

1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

To taste: Sliced grapes, diced red onion, garlic, diced celery, salt, pepper, and dill

Directions

Bake 1 chicken breast at 450 for 20 minutes

Shred the chicken breast after cooking using two forks

Add the chicken breast to 1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt

Add in any combination of sliced red grapes, diced red onion, garlic, diced celery, sea salt, pepper, and dill.

Store in a container in the fridge until ready to leave for school.

Serve with whole-grain or whole wheat tortilla or pita, or wrap it in lettuce to make it a green and yellow light meal.

Turkey Roll-Ups

Ingredients

1 slice deli turkey (or any other deli meat your kids love!) 

1 tablespoon hummus

1 slice low-fat cheese 

1 cup of your favorite green light veggies (we like sliced bell peppers for this recipe!) 

Directions 

Take one slice of turkey and lay it flat on the counter.

Spread a light layer of low-fat hummus.

Add a layer of light cheese, a few thin slices of veggies like shredded carrots, diced celery, or sliced bell pepper.

Roll the turkey slice up and secure with a toothpick if necessary.

 

Sides

Green light veggies with dip

Combine veggies such as carrot sticks, celery, pea pods, and cucumbers. The more colors, the better! 

Try using salsa as a dip and put it in a small container for easy dipping. 

Love ranch dressing? Try mixing a dry packet of ranch seasoning with plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for a yellow light option.

Bonus tip

Getting these items prepared the night before will save time and cut down morning frustrations when everyone is in a rush to get out the door! Don’t be afraid to get creative with these kitchen classics to add a little bit of your own flair to Kurbo’s healthy lunch ideas for kids. You can also check out our Back to School Cookbook for even more kid-approved healthy recipes!