60 healthy and tasty foods for your kids' lunches

Do your kids get bored with the same old lunch? This guide should help keep things interesting. Our goal is to help you put together easy and delicious lunches for your budding foodies - kids deserve to eat well too! And we never compromise on health. There is a lot of junk out there labeled as healthy. Ignore the front of the packaging. Check the ingredients list. If there are lab-made or processed things in it, avoid it.
This guide is written as a template. Pick one or more things from each category to pack a delightful, healthy lunch. Fun fact: you can create 369,600 different combinations!

1. Choose a type of bread

Sourdough bread. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

Here’s 8 of our favorite breads:

  • Rye bread (we love Beckmann’s German farm bread)
  • Olive bread or sourdough (we love Acme)
  • Chapati
  • Thepla
  • Pita
  • Tortilla
  • Dosa

    (Find these at your local Indian, middle eastern, or Mexican stores)

    2. Spread something yummy on it (optional)

    Pesto in a jar. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

    5 choices:

    • Whole grain mustard
    • Butter
    • Pesto
    • Guacamole
    • Mayonnaise

      3. Add some essential protein and satiating healthy fats

      Hummus. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

      11 of our favorites:

      Meat

      • Roasted turkey
      • Roasted chicken
      • Uncured salami
      • Uncured ham
      • Bacon
      • Fried egg
      • Any leftover meat preparation

        Plant-based

        • Hummus
        • Baba ghanouj
        • Sliced avocado
        • Leftover rice and beans

          4. Add cheese

          Brie. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

          10 of our favorites:

          • Brie
          • Brillat savarin (spreads easily and is supremely tasty)
          • Cream cheese (also spreads well)
          • Blue cheese
          • Parmigiano-reggiano
          • Cheddar
          • Mozzarella
          • Queso fresco
          • Ricotta
          • Feta.

            We recommend avoiding highly processed cheese slices.

            Put it all together and you should have a pretty good wrap, roll, sandwich, or pita pocket. But these 6 add-ons can take it from good to great:

            5. Add-ons

            Heirloom tomatoes. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

            • Sliced heirloom tomato
            • Gem lettuce
            • Watercress
            • Sliced steamed beet
            • Bean sprouts
            • Pickles.

              6. Pair the main bread-based item with sliced veggies

              Yellow and red bell peppers. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

              Choose from these 6:

              • Bell peppers
              • Persian cucumbers
              • Radish
              • Carrots
              • Celery
              • Olives

                7. Finally, throw in something fun!

                GOLDEN Cardamom Cashew Nutrition Bars with Turmeric. 60 healthy and tasty school lunch items for your kids

                14 of our favorite foods:

                • Easy fresh fruit (grapes, berries, apple, banana, or pear) 
                • Dried fruit like figs or dates
                • Nuts like Cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, or macadamias
                • A delicious and exceptionally healthy nutrition bar like our GOLDEN Cardamom Cashew bars with Turmeric

                    Conclusion

                    In our experience, coming up with good lunches is hard. And when you finally find a handful of go-tos, kids get bored with them. The tasty and healthy options above should help keep things interesting. They certainly make our lives easier and better!