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Mix and Match Options for School Lunch Boxes

School is officially a week away for us, which means time to start packing school lunches.  When Bailey started school last year she often wanted to stay for lunch.  I made up this guideline for her lunches so we did not forget anything. Protein, fruit or veggie (at first I did one of each, but she had leftovers everytime so I switched to one or the other and eventually when she is eating more I will go back to one of each) dairy, a carbohydrate and a drink which we normally do water.   I am not a nutritionist, just a mommy who is trying to do the best to provide my daughter with healthy food options.  


  • Chicken breast either rotisserie or chicken I bake or grill 
  • Ham deli meat
  • Turkey deli meat
  • Ground turkey
  • Turkey burger
  • Turkey peporoni 
  • Nuts
  • Turkey sausages
  • Turkey hotdogs
  • Turkey bacon


  • Califlower 
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet potato 
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Red or yellow peppers – I know the green peppers are good for you, but I don’t like the flavor.  
  • Broccoli
  • Peas


  • Strawberries
  • Orange
  • Banana
  • Blackberries 
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Blueberries
  • Apple
  • Raspberries
  • Dried blueberries 
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried apricots
  • Applesauce 


  • Cheese sticks or cubes – Colby jack, Mozzarella, and Gouda are some of our favorites 
  • Yogart smoothie
  • Yogart – I generally freeze the squeeze sticks
  • Feta cheese


  • Bread – sometimes I make 1/2 a sandwich with one of the protein options above
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Cheddar bunnies
  • Cereal 
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut butter pretzels 
  • Puffs

Do you have any tricks for back to school lunches?  Would love to hear them.  

9 thoughts on “Mix and Match Options for School Lunch Boxes

  1. my kids love cut up pickles or olives, which i will send with crackers and cheese. They also love noodles. So if I make spaghetti or something for dinner I will make lots of extra so I can pack it for lunches. Or just make noodles the morning of and add italian dressing to it. My suggestion for protein: EGGS. egg salad for crackers or sandwiches, boiled eggs – whole, or chopped up in salad, devilled eggs…
    We also try to make sandwiches more exciting by using wraps, or pitas, or left over hot dog buns.

    1. Love your additions to the list. I forgot about pasta, that is a favorite of ours as well. I love eggs, but Bailey is not into them yet. She keeps trying them, which makes me happy. And great ideas with the different types of bread, I need to try wraps and pitas this year. Thank you again for reading and commenting.

    1. That is one of my personal favorites. My parents just call them roll ups. Never tried it was a cheese stick. Look forward to trying it soon. Thank you for the recommendation.

  2. I teach 1st and the kids love love love roll ups! One mama tucked a turkey dog in there and her little one was overjoyed! Another big hit is mini muffins, sweet but also savoury with cheese and broccoli, deli ham cut up etc! mmm, now I’m hungry!

    1. Thank you for the recommendations. I am looking forward to trying roll up this year. And mini muffins is a great idea. I am off to look on Pinterest for recipes for mini muffins. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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