Tutor Doctor | Sep 18, 2014

Quick, Easy and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Categories: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Tutoring, K-12, K12

Quick, Easy and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Thinking of what to make for school lunches can be tough when you are a busy parent. That’s where we come in! Here are some great ways to create easy, healthy lunches for your kids that they will love. Remember always to send a balanced meal with a side of fruit, yogurt or cheese and some fresh veggies.

Wrap it up

Wraps can really help to speed up your morning lunch making. Opt for whole wheat wraps which are healthier. Fill wraps with tuna, sprouts and mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato or go for a BLT with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. You can substitute tofu for the bacon if you need a vegetarian option.

Try ground beef or soy with salsa, lettuce, black beans and avocado in a wrap.

Roast veggies like beets, potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini and cauliflower with some olive oil and seasoning. It only takes a couple of minutes under the grill. Add mayonnaise and feta cheese for a super yummy wrap.

Put it in a pocket

Use pita pockets to add a little fun to your salads. Fill with Greek olives, turkey, feta cheese, spinach and cucumber slices for a Mediterranean option.

Gruyere cheese and asparagus with arugula make a really delicious combination.

Make a bean salad pocket by mixing 1 part lemon juice to 2 parts olive oil, black pepper, finely chopped shallot, white kidney beans, feta or goat cheese, and sliced cucumber.

Small flasks of tomato, butternut or vegetable soup with a side of pita pockets cut in wedges make a really great lunch on a cold day. Make extra soup for dinner and keep it in the freezer for those really chilly days. You can just warm it up in the morning and pop it in a thermos.

Bag a bagel

Bagels don’t just have to be for smoked salmon and cream cheese! If you are making burgers for dinner, fry a couple of extra patties and pack a bagel burger for lunch. Add lettuce, cheese, tomato and mustard.

You can also fry up a little extra breakfast to make a bacon, egg and tomato breakfast bagel for lunch.

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Putting things on a skewer somehow increases their deliciousness! Cut fruit to make colorful fruit kebabs.

You can also roll up sandwich meat and alternate these on a skewer with cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives and baby carrots.

Pasta is faster

Pasta salad is a great way to get all of their nutrients in a single dish. Use bowtie pasta for the carbohydrate, ham or salami squares and lentils for protein and onion, red pepper, sprouts, tomato, cucumber or broccoli to make up a well-rounded meal.

Pic by Melissa