Nutritious Back to School Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Want to Eat

Nothing is worse than sending your child off to school with a deliciously packed lunch only for them to return with half of their meal uneaten.

Does this sound like a familiar story? Then, try these nutritious back to school lunch ideas that your kids will want to eat!

Tortilla Pinwheels
These tortilla pinwheels are easy to make, nutritious and yummy finger foods!

Ingredients

  • 2 flour tortillas
  • Sliced meat of your choosing
  • Sliced swiss cheese
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup shredded lettuce
  • Cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Lay out a flour tortilla.
  2. Spread desired amount of cream cheese.
  3. Add a layer of meat and cheese.
  4. Top off with three slices of tomatoes and a thin layer of shredded lettuce.
  5. Roll the tortilla tightly and place into a plastic bag.
  6. Complete this recipe twice.

Complete the lunch

  • Add a bag of sliced cucumbers with a side of hummus.
  • For a sweet dessert, add a bag of green apples sprinkled with cinnamon.


Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas
Who doesn’t love quesadillas? Guaranteed, this one will be a lunch time hit!

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Shredded swiss cheese
  • Sliced smoked turkey

Instructions

  1. Place a pan over medium heat and grease. Lay down one wheat tortilla and add a layer of shredded cheese, a few slices of smoked turkey and another thin layer of shredded cheese. Then, place another tortilla on top.
  2. Cook on one side until cheese starts to melt and the bottom tortilla browns. Flip the quesadilla and cook the other side.
  3. Once cooked, remove from heat and let the quesadilla cool.
  4. Once cooled, cut the quesadilla into fourths and pack into a tupperware container.

Complete the lunch

  • Add a bag of sliced apples or grapes.
  • For a sweet treat, pack a granola bar.


Kid-Friendly Stir Fry
Tired of packing the same ol’ sandwiches? Then, give this recipe a try!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup white rice, cooked
  • ¼ cup chicken, cooked
  • ¼ cup broccoli, steamed
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp teriyaki sauce

Instructions

  1. In a Tupperware bowl, layer the rice, chicken and broccoli. Top off with sesame seeds.
  2. In a separate small container, place the teriyaki sauce to be added before eating.

Complete the lunch

  • Pack a side of string cheese and a bag of blueberries.

*Tip: Since rice, chicken and broccoli are all versatile ingredients, it’s easiest to make a large batch of each and use them for your meals throughout the week.


Snack Attack!
Does your child prefer snacks over meals? Then, create this finger food-loving, kid’s charcuterie board!

Ingredients

  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced in half
  • Handful of grapes
  • Small cucumber, sliced
  • Handful of baby carrots
  • Handful of baby corn
  • Handful of crackers
  • A few slices of salami
  • A few slices of cheese

Instructions

  1. In a Tupperware container, lay out the hard-boiled egg, salami, cheese, cucumber, baby carrots and baby corn.
  2. Pack a handful of crackers and a handful of grapes into separate bags.

*Tip: Adjust the ingredients to include your child’s favorites. This is an easy way to make sure your child gets small sizes of nutrients throughout the day.


Leftover surprise!
Did you make pasta for dinner last night? How about a roast? Whatever your family enjoyed the night before, simply pack the leftovers for your child’s lunch. Not only is this an easy task for you, but they’ll also be surprised when they get one of their favorite meals instead of a sandwich for lunch!

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