Recipe Roundup: 20+ Ideas for a Healthy Packed Lunch

Recipe Roundup: 20+ Ideas for a Healthy Packed Lunch

recipe roundup by: Laura Mierzwa, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Culinary Nutrition Expert

written by: Elysia Arseneau, Ontario Certified Teacher and NutriChem staff writer


September is drawing to a close, which means that students (and their parents) have almost completed the first month of school! Congratulations, you’ve completed 10% of the school year! (But who’s counting, right?)

For many, this time can bring a culinary challenge: it can be difficult to think of healthy school lunch and snack ideas that won’t come home again, especially for all 5 days of the week! That’s why we wanted to provide you with some fun and healthy ideas to help you pack your children’s lunch boxes. Enjoy!



Make-ahead-then-pack Snack Ideas

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Luxurious Chocolate Dip + apple slices

Luxurious Chocolate Dip

DIY Probiotic Coconut Yogurt + berries and sunflower seeds

DIY Probiotic Coconut Yogurt

Spicy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Spicy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Sunflower Seed Butter + apple slices

(Could also use store-bought sunflower seed butter)

Sunflower Seed Butter

Spicy Black Bean Dip + cucumbers

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Cups

Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt Cups

Smart Snacking Energy Balls

Smart Snacking Energy Balls

Grab-and-go Snack Ideas

(Note that these are protein + a fruit/veggie)
(Also note that there is no need for linked recipes!)

Sunflower Kitchen Hummus + veggies


Hard Boiled Egg + orange slices


Handful of Pumpkin Seeds + grapes


Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas


Baked Citrus Salmon with avocado cubes and roasted carrots

Citrus Baked Salmon

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup (in a Thermos) with a side of cubed turkey breast

Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup

On-the-Go Egg Muffins put into a brown rice wrap with hummus or avocado

On-the-go Egg Muffins

Dairy-Free Chicken Caesar Sandwich with cucumbers

Dairy-Free Chicken Caesar Sandwich

DIY Lunch Bowls

Let kids make their own lunch bowls!
Directions: Allow your child to choose one from each category, and assemble in a glass container!
Choose a base Choose the toppings
brown rice

sliced chicken breast, roasted veggies and pumpkin seeds

sweet potato

black beans, tomatoes, broccoli and hemp seeds

leafy greens

chickpeas, cauliflower and avocado


turkey, avocado, beets and sunflower seeds

millet ground beef, sautéed mushrooms and peppers 

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Recipe Roundup: 20+ Ideas for a Healthy Packed Lunch - from an RHN

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