61,000 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

By Elizabeth Berman, R.D.N., L.D.N. at Acton Medical Associates


Never run out of lunch ideas for your children with this handy mix-and-match lunch guide from Elizabeth Berman, R.D.N., L.D.N. at Acton Medical Associates.

Pick a food from each of the group for a healthy and delicious lunch. With this guide, there are more than 61,000 lunch combinations! Bookmark this page or download this PDF and never again will you have stress about a lunch idea. Also, read below for tips on packing and prepping your next lunch.

Main Entrée

  • Cheese and whole wheat crackers
  • Cream cheese and veggie pin wheel
  • Pizza tortilla roll up
  • Hummus and whole wheat pita
  • Deviled eggs and whole wheat crackers
  • Friend rice with edamame and veggies
  • Chili with beans and lean meat
  • Whole wheat waffle with sun butter and jam
  • Greek yogurt parfait with cereal and fruit
  • Sandwich Thin “build your own” pizza
  • Oatmeal fruit muffin
  • Re-fried bean and cheese quesadilla
  • Peanut butter and banana tortilla “sushi” (roll up and slice into rounds)
  • Veggie, chicken and cheese kabobs
  • Low sodium deli meat and cheese wrapped around bread sticks


  • Apple — try freeze dried or apple sauce
  • Banana or banana chips
  • Berries such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • Cherries
  • Dried fruits such as raisins, dates, figs, apricots, craisins, prunes
  • Grapes
  • Kiwifruit
  • Mango
  • Melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon
  • Oranges such as clementines, mandarins and tangerines
  • Papaya
  • Peach or nectarine
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate


  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots such as shredded or baby carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Fresh salsa
  • Green beans
  • Jicama
  • Kohlrabi
  • Pickles
  • Peppers — try different colors
  • Salad
  • Snap peas
  • Steamed mixed veggies
  • Zucchini or summer squash


  • Cheese stick
  • Cookie or baked good
  • Dry whole grain cereal
  • Guacamole or hummus
  • Low-fat pudding
  • Mini muffin
  • Mini chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rice rolls or rice cakes
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Roasted edamame
  • Tortilla chips
  • Teddy Grahams or Bunny Grahams
  • Whole grain Goldfish
  • Yogurts

School Lunch Tips

  • Use an ice pack to keep foods cold.
  • Try “build your own” options which keeps food fresher.
  • Pick treat foods occasionally so that they do not become “forbidden fruits”.
  • Prep fruits, veggies and other snacks ahead of time to avoid a stressful morning.
  • Have a snack station in the fridge and pantry with pre-portioned healthy snacks.

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