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.

Community Picks

Granola Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 110
Homemade granola bars with toasted coconut, oats, honey, and peanut butter.

Apple Chips

Rating: 4 stars 105
These 3-ingredient cinnamon apple chips are a delicious, crispy snack.

Playgroup Granola Bars

Rating: 4.5 stars 1963
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: 4.5 stars 670
Tahini-free hummus that only takes minutes, and is a favorite with my kids.

Ants on a Log

Rating: 4.5 stars 122
This is a fun snack that kids can make. It consists of artfully arranged celery, peanut butter, and raisins.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin-Applesauce Muffins

Rating: 4.5 stars 228
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.

Berry Fruit Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
Mixture of different delicious berries.

Baked Sweet Potato Sticks

Rating: 4.5 stars 473
Best eaten at room temperature.

Oatmeal Crackers

Rating: 3.5 stars 31
Made these for my daughter one day. She likes them more than store-bought ones, and I like knowing what she's eating.

Fruit Leather

Rating: 4.5 stars 38
Make your own fruit leather out of apples and pears, and enjoy it as a snack any time.

Better Peanut Butter Sandwich

Rating: 4 stars 28
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.

Alphabet Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 52
A quick-and-easy alphabet soup made with ground round and spicy vegetable juice cocktail. My kids love it!

Inspiration and Ideas

Lunch Box Pita Pockets
Rating: Unrated 12
"Great! Sure beats the standard sandwich lunch I pack for my teen." – DONNA
Perfect Apple Chips
Rating: Unrated 2
"Perfect snack chips: no fat, low sugar. You can also sprinkle these with curry powder for a different flavor." – Ying
Carrot Pulp Muffins
Rating: 5 stars 6

Looking at the mound of carrot pulp from my juicer and then at my 2 1/2-year-old daughter (who loves bread) inspired me to experiment with carrot pulp recipes. This muffin is dense, healthy, and can be tweaked to suit your tastes. As is, it is not sweet, but you could certainly add mashed ripe banana or pineapple. Once out of the oven, sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar while they are still hot.