Healthy School Lunch Recipes

Here are our 30 healthy school lunch ideas disguised as fun so you can be sure your child is fit to learn throughout the day.

Staff Picks

Apple Chips

Rating: 4.04 stars
These yummy cinnamon apple chips will disappear almost as quickly as you make them! They're perfect for healthy snacks and easy to take on the road. The secret is baking at a very low temperature for a long time, which dehydrates the apples.

Granola Bars

Rating: 4.34 stars
Quick, easy granola bars.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Rating: 4.48 stars
This is a great recipe for those times when you have half a can of pumpkin left over. The muffins taste great right from the oven, but are even better the next day—if they last that long! Kids love them and it's a good way to sneak fruits, veggies, and fiber into their diets.

Playgroup Granola Bars

Rating: 4.54 stars
My girlfriend brought these granola bars over for a playgroup one morning and ever since they've been a staple! My son requests them almost daily so I usually triple the recipe and make 2 trays so we have plenty on hand.

Extra Easy Hummus

Rating: 4.32 stars
Tahini-free hummus that only takes minutes, and is a favorite with my kids.

Ants on a Log

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Pumpkin Spinach Toddler Muffins

Rating: 4.63 stars
These sanity-saving, healthy toddler muffins are packed full of veggies and other goodness, but still taste good enough to snack on yourself! Perfect for a starter finger food, or a self-contained meal for the more independent eater.

Fruit Leather

Rating: 4.42 stars
Make your own fruit leather out of apples and pears, and enjoy it as a snack any time.

Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

Rating: 3.9 stars
This is a great version of your basic peanut butter sandwich! Applesauce is used in place of jelly. Kids love it, and it has less sugar than regular jelly so it is much better for you.

Berry Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.62 stars
Mixture of different delicious berries.

Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

Rating: 4.35 stars
Best eaten at room temperature.

Baked Apple Chips

Rating: 4.37 stars
Baked apple chips are easy to make, loaded with fiber, and have the crunchy satisfaction of potato chips with a fraction of the fat and calories.

Inspiration and Ideas

Lunch Box Pita Pockets
Rating: Unrated
"Great! Sure beats the standard sandwich lunch I pack for my teen." – DONNA
Perfect Apple Chips
Rating: Unrated
"Perfect snack chips: no fat, low sugar. You can also sprinkle these with curry powder for a different flavor." – Ying

Pumpkin Almond Joy Bites

Rating: 4.5 stars

A no-bake snack bite made with almond butter and oats blended with winter spices. A healthy snack solution that will save you time and money!