Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox; School Lunch Ideas for Kids

Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox


When looking for ideas to pack in kids' school lunch, think about the basics of what it should contain as a starting point. Balanced meals should include a food from each of the food groups or at least foods from three different food groups. A balanced lunch for kids that includes a carbohydrate, protein and some fat provide children sustained energy for a few hours rather than a short burst of energy from a simple meal of only carbohydrates.

Foods like fruit, bread, crackers and juice provide carbohydrates; while milk, cheese, yogurt, lean meat and beans provide protein to balance kids’ meals. Fat is found in nuts, peanut butter, meat and some dairy foods. Providing children a balance and variety of these foods will ensure they are well-nourished and energized for learning. And remember, students are sometimes rushed during lunch, so packing them foods that they like and are easy to eat are essential for helping them get the energy they need for a productive day at school.

A printable Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox offers ideas for healthy foods to include in kids’ lunches in both English and Spanish.