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90 Healthy Kids’ Lunchbox Ideas with Photos!


Get inspired with 90+ pictures of real school lunches for kids! These healthy lunches feature simple whole foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, and protein.

Wondering about the lunchboxes you see in this post? See the brands and what we like about them in our post about 15+ Popular Lunchboxes Reviewed.

Packing school lunch is real work! We’ve compiled close to 100 photos of everyday packed lunches (with descriptions) to help give you some ideas and inspiration to pack great lunches for your own kids.

What you’ll see here: Real lunches packed for actual children that include fruits, veggies, whole grains, and protein.

What you won’t see here: Pinterest-perfect lunches, bland lunches, or an abundance of heavily-processed foods!

Finally, keep in mind that these lunches were packed for children of different ages and appetites. Every kid is different, and it’s OK if your own kids eat substantially more or less than what’s shown in these pictures.

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90+ Healthy Kid Lunchboxes

Peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat waffles, clementines, Swiss cheese sticks, and green salad.

Pretzels, cucumbers, almond butter for dipping, cherry tomatoes and olives, pineapple and blueberries

Quinoa power bowl with lentils, tomatoes, and walnuts; peaches

Refried bean and cheese quesadilla on whole wheat tortilla, strawberries, avocado

burrito with black beans, tomatoes, and corn; avocado; sugar snap peas; honeydew melon

Pasta salad with broccoli, pepper, onion, feta cheese, andtomato; red grapes

Pepper and carrot strips; granola; yogurt with frozen berries and honey

Gyro with chicken and veggies inside a rolled pita, with creamy Greek dressing

“Turkey” turkey sandwich on whole wheat with peppers; hummus for dipping; mandarin oranges

Chicken salad in whole wheat pita; red grapes; cucumber rounds

Finger food lunch with pepperoni, crackers, cucumber rounds, cheese sticks, red grapes, and baby carrots

Deli turkey in whole wheat pita with lettuce, tomato, and shredded cheese; “ants on a log”; grape tomatoes, and mandarin oranges

“Pizza kabobs” with tortellini, pepperoni, grape tomatoes, and green bell peppers; marinara sauce for dipping; red grapes

Vegetarian protein box with cottage cheese, strawberries, whole grain crackers, hummus, baby carrots, celery, and grape tomatoes

Beef and veggie meatballs with orange bell peppers and red grapes

Mexican pinwheels with grapes, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrot sticks

Rainbow box with whole grain crackers and cheese, clementine, grape tomatoes, broccoli, red grapes, and peanut butter

Apple and peanut butter sandwich on multigrain bread with bell peppers and cucumbers

Multigrain crackers, cucumber, frozen blueberries, deli turkey, creamy dip, and mandarin oranges

DIY nacho lunch with ground beef, grated cheese, grape tomatoes, tortilla chips, and frozen mango

Green bento with kiwi, cheese stick, sugar snap peas, cucumber, pretzels, and yellow bell peppers

Allergy-friendly lunch with cheese, pepitas, avocado, cherry tomatoes, red grapes, and blueberries

Snacky lunchbox with grapes, cucumbers, peppers, turkey, cheese, and multigrain crackers

Chickpea and avocado sandwich on whole wheat with spinach and tomato, orange segments

Snacky lunchbox with popcorn, yogurt, turkey, celery, nut butter for dipping, and blueberries

Tuna and white bean sandwich with arugula on whole grain English muffin, apple slices, and carrot sticks

Turkey sandwich and berry kabobs, baby carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, ranch for dipping

Green lunchbox with salad, peas, tortellini, and banana

Sandwich kabobs with bread, turkey, cheese, and grape tomatoes; baby carrots; fruit and veggie kabobs with cucumber, pineapple, and blueberries

Mexican bento box with brown rice, corn, cooked chicken, pinto beans, avocado, mushrooms, salsa, and pineapple.

Multigrain crackers, sugar snap peas, baby carrots, hummus for dipping, red grapes, and yogurt

Hummus sandwich on whole wheat with lettuce and black olives; frozen edamame beans with broccoli; pretzels and strawberries

Strawberries, cheese cubes, homemade “uncrustable,” sugar snap peas

Turkey club sandwich with banana

Broccoli, peppers, and crinkle carrots with hummus for dipping, pineapple, sandwich on toasty bread

Nut butter star sandwich, bell peppers, and pineapple

Build-your-own tuna sandwich with whole grain bread, tuna, lettuce, and a side of nectarines

Hummus in pita pocket with tomato, cucumbers, and sprouts; mandarin oranges

Sandwich on multigrain bread with crinkle carrots, grape tomatoes, and Carrot Berry Applesauce.

Freezer waffles with peanut butter and jam, cucumber rounds, strawberries, and blueberries

Rainbow bento box with quinoa, edamame, avocado, kale, onion, pepitas, and mango; peach on the side

Whole wheat grilled cheese, snow peas, apple slices

Ham and veggie sandwich on whole wheat bread, popcorn with cranberries, mandarin oranges

Pasta salad lunch with cheese cubes, black olives, onions, tomatoes, and cucumber

“Breakfast for lunch” with granola, yogurt, strawberries, peaches, and dark chocolate chips

Egg salad sandwich with lettuce on whole grain bread, small-diced kiwi and apples, carrot and celery

“Lunchables” upgrade with crackers, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, pineapple, broccoli, snow peas, and ranch for dipping

Mini bagel sandwiches with cream cheese, ham, and spinach; frozen edamame, orange wedges

English muffin pizzas on sprouted grain English muffins, edamame beans, green grapes

Simple pasta salad with macaroni, ham, slaw mix, and poppyseed dressing; kiwi on the side

Whole wheat pizza quesadilla with red bell peppers and orange slices

Corn tacos with chickpeas, cheese, and cherry tomatoes; mini raisin box; carrot sticks; blackberries

Almond butter bluberry sandwich with cheese stick, bell peppers, and ranch for dipping

Steamed sweet potato chunks, green grapes, sausage and pepper egg muffins, peanut butter on whole grain toast

Whole grain tortilla pizzas with cheese, pepperoni, and pepper; kiwi on the side

Cornbread muffins, cheese, pepitas, carrot sticks, and strawberries

Cheese and greens on whole grain toast, carrot and cucumber “butterflies,” raspberries and blackberries

Multigrain bagel with turkey and lettuce, cheese stick, apple slices

Freezer waffle ham sandwich, strawberries and blueberries, frozen edamame

turkey rollup with lettuce on whole wheat tortilla, red bell pepper strips, frozen mango

Valentine’s lunch with radish flowers, carrot and bell pepper hearts, crinkle cut cucumbers, dipped strawberries, and cheese and cracker hearts

Cuban pressed sandwich with carrots, celery, ranch for dipping, and banana

Snacky fruit and veggie box with banana, chunky peanut butter, cooked sweat potato, carrot sticks, and celery

Chicken salad on pumpernickel toast with carrot apple coleslaw

Food art bento lunch with cat sandwich, grape tomatoes, egg mouse, and cheese and cracker mouse

Open-faced cream cheese sandwich with cucumber and tomato, apple slices, edamame beans, trail mix

Veggie fries with dipper, fresh figs, sandwiches on whole grain bread, grape tomatoes

Dip-lover’s lunch with bell peppers, broccoli, ham and cheese skewers, apples, banana rounds, and strawberries, with ranch, almond butter, and salsa for dipping

Farfalle pasta salad with chicken, peas, green beans, carrots, and corn; pistachios; red grapes

Granola, yogurt with berries and maple syrup, carrots and bell peppers, white nectarine

Sandwich skewers with cheese and bread, fruit skewers with blueberry, kiwi, apple, and oranges, frozen corn, sunflower seeds

Broccoli, pasta with peas and sauce, hard boiled egg, apple

Mediterranean lunch with turkey cubes, two types of olives, cheese cubes, cucumber, red grapes, and crackers

Chicken ranch wrap on whole grain tortilla, mandarin oranges

Chicken salad and veggie wrap with orange pieces

Homemade wheat thin lunch with kiwi, avocado/tomato/white bean salad, and cucumber

Mini Rainbow sandwiches with strawberry, banana chips, green beans, and frozen blueberries

Pasta salad with noodles, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, chopped hard boiled egg, spinach, and bell peppers with italian dressing

Ham, cheese, and spinach heart sandwich, cucumbers, mandarin oranges with raisins

Avocado with mayonnaise, green salad, strawberries, and whole wheat pita triangles

Peanut butter and fresh fruit roll-up with jam, cauliflower, and strawberries

Frozen edamame and peas, cheese stick, apple and peanut butter, and multigrain crackers

Turkey, lettuce, and pickle sandwich, red grapes, leftover roasted Brussels sprouts and carrots

Almond butter and strawberry sandwich with extra strawberries and yellow bell peppers

Multigrain crackers with hummus, baby carrots, edamame, and yogurt with frozen blueberries

Edamame beans, watermelon and blueberries, turkey sandwich on freezer waffles

Finger food lunch with almonds, cranberries, whole grain crackers, colby-jack cheese, edamame, and green beans

Hummus snowflake sandwich, homemade granola, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and carrot sticks

veggie roll-up on whole grain tortilla with raspberries

Turkey wrap with grated carrots and lettuce, frozen mango, and green bell pepper

Nectarine, cheese hearts, whole grain crackers, carrot sticks, hummus, broccoli, and popcorn

Natalie Monson

I'm a registered dietitian, mom of 4, avid lover of food and strong promoter of healthy habits. Here you will find lots of delicious recipes full of fruits and veggies, tips for getting your kids to eat better and become intuitive eaters and lots of resources for feeding your family.

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Thank you so much- this is packed full of wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to get more creative with my son’s lunches using some of these as inspiration! 🙂

This post does not contain any printables- just ideas with pictures! If you search printables you can find other posts that contain printables. 🙂

This article is everything! I always struggle with ideas for my kiddos lunch box. I have this article bookmarked so I can pop to it at the grocery store when I need to get creative. Thank you for helping me be a better and less boring mom! At least when it comes to food. Lol

Love these ideas. I’m wondering about how things keep from packing in the morning to lunch time. Some things in here seem like they should be warmed or kept warm. Other kept cold. Would love some guidelines on what stays good from 9am-12noon. Would be super helpful for any input. Thank you!